I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at ZS Associates in October 2010.
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The first round interview was very typical of what I would expect for a consulting firm. There were two half-hour interviews, one behavioral and one case-based. The case interview was significantly less quantitative than I expected though. What I noticed most though was that the two interviewers were very friendly, supportive, and open. I figured ZS had sent their happiest people to recruit at my school. I was right.
The final round at one of their offices was a very different experience. I had four interviews, an individual presentation, and a lunch. Here, nearly everyone I met was open about their experiences at ZS, and none of what I heard was good. I was told that it was quite a grind, and everyone who talked about how ZS was very stingy compared to other firms when it came to expenses. The people I met there really seemed bored with their jobs, and weren't the most engaging I had met.
Three of the interviews I had were behavioral/fit, and one was a highly quantitative written case. This was very different from what I expected, as most firms prefer a back-and-forth discussion.
The best thing I can say about ZS's final round interview process is that the feedback was great. When I was called and told I didn't get the internship, the interviewer told me exactly what I had done well and what I had done poorly. Had I decided to apply again for a full-time position, this really would have helped me.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you had to face a decision between what was right and what would help you. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and interviewed at ZS Associates.
Interview Details – Initially applied for the business associate position but was moved to the business analytics associate position b/c they think my background fits better in BAA. Got contacted through campus recruiting. Had 2 back to back 1 hr interview from 2 consultants. All pharmaceutical cases and had heavy emphasize on data analysis.
Interview Question – How would you calculate the accumulative revenue? How would the graph look like if you did it on excel spreadsheet. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at ZS Associates in April 2010.
Interview Details – Great people, smaller firm. communicated via email/phone. 2nd rd interviews are fit and cases. Fit is generally with a Partner. Cases are with a manager. Also, there is a conversation with an analyst level professional where he/she describes the job. Finally, there is a written test on which requires some quantitative analysis
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