Interviewed at ZS Associates
Interview Details – Final Round:
2 case interviews-- 1 structured, 1 unstructured
Interviewed at ZS Associates
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 Question – 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
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at ZS Associates in February 2012.
Interview Details – I applied via school career fair and was asked to have an on-campus interview with one consultant and one manager. The on-campus interview was total one-hour long, which consisted of half an hour behavioral and half an hour case interview. After a week, I got a phone call as I was invited to the on-site interview. The on-site interview was 5-hour long. I was interviewed with five different people and also included a lunch with some of the associates working there. Basically, the interview was consisted of both behavioral, one mini case study, and one 40min case study. Although I didn't get the offer, it was a great experience.
Interview Question – Give an example of when there were some conflicts among your team and how you managed to resolve the problem. Answer Question
I applied through college or university - interviewed at ZS Associates in October 2012.
Interview Details – Was selected for an on campus interview through my university's on campus recruiting website. Interview was an hour long; first thirty minutes involved a very convoluted case interview that required a ton of a higher level math in your head. I didn't feel as though it tested my ability to logically think through a case and instead computational skills... definitely emphasize how you are thinking through getting to a right number to show your thought process behind your numbers. They want to see how you think when approaching math problems in addition to demonstrating competence.
The second part of the interview was a 30-min behavioral section that consisted of four to six questions. They were extremely in depth and asked you to list examples of times working in a team, when you lead a project that may have been opposed by others and how you ended up getting it approved, when you demonstrated leadership, etc. Definitely have examples prepared so you are ready to answer extremely in depth questions.
Interview Question – calculating tiny percentages of numbers in the billions - practice your math skills and estimation skills before this interview. Also, they are huge in the pharmaceutical consulting industry. Be sure to check out some industry knowledge on that so that you can demonstrate some familiarity with the value chain, etc. and typical practices in pharmaceuticals. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at ZS Associates in April 2012.
Interview Details – Had an initial on-campus interview consisting of a behavioral interview and one case. The case question asked about the best approach to market two drugs produced by one company which had similar effects--one for more serious cases of a specific disease, and one for less serious cases. Basic math and problem solving questions.
Following that, there was a second round at their office which consisted of a behavioral interview, two case questions, and an introduction to some of their proprietary software. The case question had something to do with the number of doctors a certain pharmaceutical company should try to reach in order to market their drug.
Interview Question – Initial case question that I had to go through with one of the consultants--involving a number of analysis questions with a fair degree of math (they provide you with a calculator) to be considered on the spot. Know how the numbers they give you relate to the questions they ask you, and be able to sift out unnecessary details. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and 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 Question – 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
Reason 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.
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at ZS Associates in September 2008.
Interview Details – 1st round in campus involves a behavioral interview and simple case
2nd round involves a manager interview, partner interview, lunch with associates, and a case packet that is reviewed with a consultant. The interview process is pretty sraight forward and responses are quick.
Interview Question – No curve ball questions, just your regular behavioral questions Answer Question
Negotiation Details – no negotiation
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 3 days - interviewed at ZS Associates in September 2008.
Interview Details – Phone screen
1:1 Interveiew with a Principal of the company
Interview Question – What is the biggest or most embarrasing mistake you made on the job. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Short and direct
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at ZS Associates in May 2012.
Interview Details – Got an 1 hour phone interview: 30-40 min case interview which mainly asked you to solve a case following the interviewer's instruction step by step; 20-30 min behavioral questions such as Why consulting/ZS; teamwork example; failure example...
Received invitation to an interview in the NJ office: 30 min behavioral interview similar to the phone interview; 40 min analytical case interview; 30 min structural case interview; 30 min presentation by a consultant regarding what they do; lunch with one consultant.
Very friendly people and collaborative atmosphere, though I did not receive the offer. The recruiter emailed me back a thorough interview feedback telling me that I did not do well in the analytical case section.
Interview Question – Give an example when you failed. View Answer
I interviewed at ZS Associates in April 2008.
Interview Details – started with 2 rounds of Campus interview followed by Group discussions,they also had 3 case studies . then was invited to the office where again they had case study ,followed by management interview and HR ineterview
Interview Question – work -life balance , when it is a traveling consultancy company Answer Question
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