Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
Applied through Campus - Three rounds - an initial online test, written case study and interview, followed by a behavioral interview. The case study was easy but long, had lots of charts and figures and one had to calculate certain things. The interview was good, one had to explain the case study results. The behavioral interview was mainly resume based.
- Nothing as such Answer Question
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at ZS Associates.
My first interview was arranged through campus recruitment. It consisted of two parts: one 30-minute behavioral interview and one 30-minute case interview. The case interview is not the usual case interview, but they are tailored to truly seeing how you analytically think when given a problem. They truly do just want to see your thought process and see how you think. The second round was on-site and consisted of one behavioral interview, one case interview like the first interview, one pitch presentation/interview, and a demo of what they do.
- What would you consider as your typical role in a team, and what's the hardest part about it? Answer Question
- No OfferNegative Experience
I applied through the online application and the application (I believe it is hosted through Taleo) is very time-consuming and tedious to applicants. The entire process, even conducted relatively at a quick pace, still took over 3 hours. The online form requires information like PDF documents of academic transcripts and rather personal identifying information before the candidate even knows whether they will receive an interview. The form is counter-intuitive and often will make you go back and fill in weird boxes that are easily missed the first time around. ZS, per their posting on the UC Berkeley Callisto website, requires applicants to double-apply through both Callisto and the ZS main website. All-in-all, a rather discourteous way to treat applicants who won't even be notified that they did not even get in the door for an interview. As a side note, the recruiter's informational session at UC Berkeley in February was somewhat generic and guarded-it seemed that the ZS staff there were doing it more as a formality and it did not give meaningful opportunities to network with firm staff or to get more genuine knowledge about the internal culture or operations of ZS. Overall, I still hold interest in working in the consulting field in my future career plans, but I would consider it unlikely that I would ever apply to ZS Associates given this kind of treatment.
- Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offense, excluding minor drug violations (e.g. marijuana)? 1 Answer
Helpful (5)No Offer
The process is a series of interviews, I believe 3 or 4 in total, depending on whether they split one up or not. In the earlier stages is pretty much simple behavioral and case interview questions, but further down the line the case interviews are a bit more complex. Despite being known for being one of the toughest companies to interview for, I found that the interviewers were a lot more polite and helpful than many that I have encountered.
- The part of the case study that tripped me up had to do with pharmaceutical sales of a drug and the graph was a bit confusing, I think it was done intentionally. My first instinct was to ask whether information was missing, but it wasn't, the graph was just a bit weird. Answer Question
Helpful (28)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at ZS Associates in October 2014.
Applied through employee referral for Senior Business Process Analyst with the Business Technology function. HR called to verify some operational details before scheduling the Case Interview and Behavioral Interview. Both last between 30mins to 45mins. Case Interview: An Insurance company wanted to access the poor performance of one of its household plans. Needed a graph and table to be populated. 1. 5 different tables were provided and asked to discuss on how the graph and table can be built from those 5 tables (joins, aggregation etc). 2. What error checks and validations will be performed on that data to ensure data integrity? 3. What other recommendations do you have for the team to gauge their insurance plan performance? My Approach: 1.Used excel to quickly project the 5 tables at one place 2. Used joins and aggregation and count functions to arrive at the specific column values for the desired table 3. provided error checks based on data types and unique field constraints 4. was wrong for one of the columns where I didn't have to join two tables. Interviewer promptly corrected me and asked me to give a scenario where I might have to join those tables. Behavioral Interview: After a quick self introduction from the interviewer, I was asked for examples on the below: 1. give an example of a time when your motivation to learn resulted in better understanding of client and their requirements. 2. Give an example when you had to push deadlines and how did you convince the client for the same. 3. Give an example of how team work helped you and the project to succeed well. 4. How will be go about eliciting requirements from a client who is very vague with what they want. My Approach: 1. My last project in finance team where I had no knowledge of finance operations and my motivation to learn about their business process helped them in identifying gaps in their business process and also in better visibility across cross-functional teams on what they were doing. 2. Focus is on the Budget, Time and responsibility of ownership. Mentioned that we take care that budget is not over the limit during extension of deadlines, try to limit the time needed from business during this extended deadline and have clear ownership of responsibility for the cause of extension 3. Spoke of a time when we had a 7 business day cycle for yearly-roll over projects and how involving IT team early on helped us in aligning the priorities and devising work-around for non-deliverable items due to the tight timeline. 4. Focus on business process and where they are today and where they want to be, rather than looking at what client wants. A want is only a means of satisfying a need and getting to the true business need is more important than what they want. Both Interviewers gave me an opportunity to ask questions about the company and their work: Below is what I asked: 1. ZS Associates works with 18 of the top 20 pharma clients. How is client confidentiality ensured and is there a conflict of interest while dealing with competing clients? How is the knowledge repository built since details on client process cannot be a part of the documentation? What knowledge is shared between projects to help each other, yet protect the client sensitive data/process. 2. 3 things why you continue to work at ZS? 3. Support from ZS to new associates who don't have domain expertise. How are the trainings and employee development activities? 4. The kind of projects that the technology division takes up and the duration of those. Also asked for details on being on multiple projects or single projects since Analytics division has employees on multiple projects at the same time. Awaiting result on the First Round.
- An Insurance company wanted to access the poor performance of one of its household plans. Needed a graph and table to be populated. 1. 5 different tables were provided and asked to discuss on how the graph and table can be built from those 5 tables (joins, aggregation etc). Answer Question
Helpful (4)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at ZS Associates in December 2014.
Was reached through LinkedIn by recruiter who invited me to a phone screen. Did phone screen and was invited to phone interview with consultant and manager.. Two interviews of 30 min. each consisting of Case Question and a Behavioral one.
- The case consisted of a 5 minute walk-through of the case, 15 min of analysis as well as 5 of discussion with interviewer. Case consisted of an insurance co. facing a drop in sales across regions.. was asked to perform analysis of how to create analysis of co.'s performance through charts on sales, region and competition. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at ZS Associates (Princeton, NJ).
The interview is very detailed. It consists of two cases, a behavioral interview with an executive and an interview where you meet with someone on a peer level. You aren't allowed to use a calculator and don't have a lot of time on one of the cases to read through everything and prepare and present to one of the Managers that runs consulting.
- Critical thinking/ math on cases Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at ZS Associates (Chicago, IL) in December 2014.
Did a phoner with Ashley Gaylord, an HR person. Thought it went very well. Wasn't longer than a half hour. Several follow up emails went without any response. So sick of HR people that can't give you common decency of responding to cordial emails asking what the status of jobs are. How hard is it to write "we've decided to go in another direction." It's a copy and paste!
- Don't remember... typical phoner. Answer Question
Helpful (1)Declined Offer
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at ZS Associates.
They were very detailed about scheduling and when they would get back to you. Big plus in my book. The interviewers were very friendly and willing to answer any questions you might have. However, when they say they are recruiting engineers, you really need to have a business background or it will not work out.
- The hardest question was the case study in which you had to do a lot of math computations. Overall it wasnt that hard, you just need a little bit of a business background. Answer Question
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at ZS Associates (Princeton, NJ) in November 2014.
Phone interview, final round at location. 5 interviews with a short break for lunch. 3 cases, one behavioral, one "analytic" requiring you to assemble a presentation of a case on short notice.
- Solve cases, describe leadership Answer Question
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