ZS Associates Business Associate Interview Questions

Updated Aug 12, 2014
Updated Aug 12, 2014
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Business Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Los Angeles, CA
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
Application Details

I applied online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at ZS Associates in January 2011.

Interview Details

1. Initial phone screen with recruiter
2. Mini pharma case over skype with a Consultant Level interviewer
3. Onsite interview with five people and lunch with peers. (Including a full case, mini case, behavioral and meeting with managing principle of the office)

Whole process took about 3-4 weeks and was very structured and smooth. Probably one of the best organized interviews I have had.

Interview Questions
  • There really weren't any questions that were out of the ordinary. The only thing that I'd strongly suggest is that you be comfortable with some key terms for pharma/biotech and that you practice cases with another person (as opposed to doing them alone). The case is pretty structured and has some easy math. Stay confident throughout the case, even if you have difficulties.   Answer Question
Negotiation Details
Not much room to negotiate unless you are in-market hire.
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

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    Business Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at ZS Associates in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Communicated with HR based off European office for position in another European office. Was via employee referral and interviewed in a US office. The referral to interview took approx. 1 month and had behavioral interview via phone with a manager from European office (standard questions). Analytical interview with principal in US office. Case about a new cancer drug about to be released in market with LOADS of calculations. Non-traditional case interview since case material and calculation to be done provided as printed slides. Heard back the same day that was through to the second round but later offer was retracted citing strange language considerations, work permit reasons and even stranger was the fact that they offered a position to a non-European candidate recently and they did not want to offer another one now! They must have known all this before hand then why put me through this process at all?!? Strange and I did not enjoy this process.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Business Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Mateo, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Mateo, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days - interviewed at ZS Associates.

    Interview Details

    I first spoke with the recruiter because I was referred by a current employee. She set up a phone interview that consisted of a case study and a behavioral interview. I thought my case study was a wreck but I received a second interview. The second interview was in office and lasted all morning. They were unprepared and it was very hectic but overall I had a good experience. There were 2 case interviews, 1 behavioral with the director of the office, and 1 session with a current business associate. Did not end up getting an offer because they felt I didn't have enough business knowledge due to my science background.

    Interview Questions
    • I come from a science background and they expected me to know a lot of complex business terminology and equations.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Business Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Mateo, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Mateo, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at ZS Associates in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    I began the interview process as a referral in December and set up a first round phone interview for early January. I flew out a couple weeks later for an on site super day. The recruiter was nice and very helpful even though we were working together around the holidays.

    First Round:

    Case Interview (30 Minutes - Phone): The case wasn't too challenging but you are forced to make recommendations on the spot and run calculations which can be stressful. Try to sound confident and be articulate.
    Behavioral Interview (30 Minutes - Phone): Three standard fit questions followed by my own questions for the interviewer.

    I was invited to a second round at the San Mateo office. There were three interviews, a project demo, and lunch with a current Business Associate.

    Second Round:
    Lunch: Very casual, make sure you show interest in the company and be personable.
    Behavioral (30 Minutes): Mine was with a principle, not very high stress. Three fit questions, each of which turned into a small conversation. See above.
    Analytical Case (80 Minutes): You are given 40 minutes of prep time to work through a packet of information, make calculations and recommendations, then draw up a few ppt slides to walk through with a consultant. This was the most stressful part of the day. You'll be rushed so make sure you double check you numbers, ZS really cares about quant skills.
    Project Demo (45 Minutes): A Business Associate went over a few quantitative and qualitative projects typical of a BA. Make sure you show interest and ask good questions.
    Case Interview (45 Minutes): Very similar to the first round case interview only in person.

    Overall great experience. I was stressed but confident enough not to let it show. Double check all of your calculations and try to be articulate. They emphasized multiple times that they're looking for someone who not only can do the job well but also fit in the culture. I felt like I fit in well which made me less anxious overall.

    People: It's a very young office with people from all over the country. Everyone that I met was very intelligent and seemed like they enjoyed their job.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when something didn't go as planned. How did you handle it?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The salary was competitive so I did not negotiate. The start date is flexible.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Business Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at ZS Associates in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    I first found out about ZS Associates from my university career website. I applied online and was granted an on campus interview. The interview lasted one hour, with one half hour case interview and one half hour behavioral. The case was very analytical and high stress, I was constantly on my toes, and the behavioral was very general.
    I was then invited to headquarters for a final round. It included a lunch, project demonstration, behavioral interview, case interview, and analytical case. The analytical case you are given 45 minutes to prepare a case and then you present it. I would just say make sure you prioritize what is important because you will be rushed. The rest I would just say pay attention and ask good questions that show you are interested.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time that you came up with a creative way of doing things. Tell me about a life goal and how you reached/are trying to reach it   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate as I was happy with the salary. I chose ZS because of its dedication to professional development
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Business Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Evanston, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Evanston, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a day - interviewed at ZS Associates in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    I've heard really great things about ZS and its culture from a friend who works there. I was referred and had an hour long phone interview, after which I was invited for a full-day in person interview. I had one behavioral interview with a Principal, two technical interviews and one sit-down with a current employee to see what they do - note that the sit-down is actually an interview to see how interested you are in their work! I felt that I did really well in all but the behavioral. I had bronchitis the week before the interview and was still a little hoarse (should have requested a change of date!) and the Principal that I interviewed with got really testy when I coughed a few times and had to drink some water. After a while, he just tuned out and started looking at his computer. I think it was unbelievably rude and unfair of him to dismiss me for a cough, but I really should have told them during scheduling that I needed extra time to recoup and lose my cough.

    Interview Questions
    • The more difficult case study gave me a packet of information about trial results from a new drug. They gave me a half hour to sift through it and develop a recommendation for which strategy to pursue in selling the drug. There was a handy sheet for me to write pros and cons to use in my answer that guided me through how to make the recommendation.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Business Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at ZS Associates in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied through OCR. Two rounds, cases and fit questions in each round. Tricky cases - primarily interviewer led. Cases in the biopharmaceutical industry.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Business Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Mateo, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Mateo, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 7 months - interviewed at ZS Associates.

    Interview Details

    Applied through their online site in October. Got a callback in March.
    I was not impressed with firm itself. I had another job deadline and HR would not help expedite the process.
    Interview consisted of a case study on WebEx, which did not work the first time. Case study involves lots of number crunching on the fly.
    All in all, the process was very unprofessional.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Business Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Case interviews very heavy on interpretation of graphs and numbers. Not surprisingly, they were all about new drug launches. For one case, I was handed a packet of information and given time alone to prepare before meeting with the interviewer to discuss my insights. I just assumed that no calculators were allowed and did all my numbers by hand, but later found out that other candidates used calculators in their preparation for the case. More clear directions either way would have made things more fair.

    One thing the company did that I liked was having an associate show me an example of his work. The associate walked through a sample powerpoint that would be typical work product for a client. This gave me a chance to see if the type of work being done by the company was something that I might enjoy doing.

    Interview Questions
    • One interviewer chose not to ask me any questions at all, and I had to fill a 45 minute session entirely with my questions. He told me he learned plenty about candidates based on the questions they asked. So come with a list of good questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Business Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days - interviewed at ZS Associates in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    First Round Interview
    - 1 Case Interview: Guided, lots of visual and numerical data to interpret
    - 1 Behavioral: Standard + fit questions

    Second Round Interview
    - Very long, but you really get an idea for the type of work that you will do | Various case interviews (structured and unstructured) | Lunch with current associates | Behavioral with partner/principal

    - People at ZS are definitely smart and amiable. The only major con would be a repetitive workstream.

    Interview Questions
    • The self-guided case | you are left in a room for 15 minutes to analyze a case and prepare a presentation to a "client". The most difficult part is prioritizing your information and structuring it in a manner that is clear and effective.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I decided to pursue another opportunity that I thought would provide a great learning experience, which it did. However, on hindsight I probably should have accepted the offer.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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