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Charles River Associates Interview Questions in Washington, DC

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Charles River Associates (Washington, DC) in October 2016.

    Interview

    First round was on campus with an alumnus and another analyst, very behavioral. Asked questions about my resume, experiences, and interest in the company. Overall relaxed and fun.

    Second round was at the DC office for a superday with ~8 other interview candidates, consisting of 6 or so back to back interviews. Once again the focus was behavioral, they seemed to really be focused on fit. Lots of questions about data, interest in economic consulting, and past experience. NO CASES, which is atypical for the industry.

    Interview Questions

    • What is an economic concept that you live by?
      What data would you need to collect to make this model work? (in reference to a model I explained learned in class)
      Tell me about a data-intensive project that you've worked on in school?   Answer Question

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Charles River Associates (Washington, DC) in January 2016.

    Interview

    Applied through college. Took 2 months before we scheduled an interview. First round was over the phone for one 30 minute interview. Second round was over Skype and consisted of two 30 minute interviews. I was not prepared to speak about my entire resume and did not put enough detail into preparing answers so I did not get the offer. Did not hear back for over a month after the second round.

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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Charles River Associates (Washington, DC) in December 2015.

    Interview

    Really nice people there. Had lunch with them and talked about my research. They were very friendly, and very professional. They have experts who truly understand cutting-edge economic theories. I was very much appreciated throughout the conversation. Would definitely recommend PhDs to apply. Their location is also good, convenient, and perfect if you like working in an urban city.

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Charles River Associates (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    First round interview on campus. Invited to final round (five 30-min interviews back to back) in DC office. Need to choose a practice to focus on. No case study. All behavioral/fit questions.

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Charles River Associates (Washington, DC) in October 2015.

    Interview

    First round is a 30 min interview with two of their analysts. The final round is at their office and I interviewed with pretty much every person on the team. It is a very simple process and they are very nice, friendly people. I have a very good impression of the team.

    Interview Questions

    • General fit questions for the first round and questions about quantitative skills and research experience for the final round   Answer Question

  6.  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Charles River Associates (Washington, DC) in October 2015.

    Interview

    Had a first round behavioral interview on campus. Final rounds were on site and comprised 5 interviews with upper level staffers and analysts. Excellent process, the people were extremely friendly and the process wasn't stressful at all. Mostly behavioral questions and technicals were related to the quantitative projects I'd worked on. So be sure to brush up on regression models you've used in the past etc.

    Interview Questions

    • Technical financial economics question related to the writing sample I submitted.   Answer Question

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Charles River Associates (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    On-campus interview, then invitation to Super Saturday interviews at the office, then offer

    Interview Questions

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Charles River Associates (Washington, DC) in October 2011.

    Interview

    The company overall seems to be very very efficient and on top of its business stuff, i.e. they are very professional and timely. However, it took them 5 weeks to let me know whether I got an offer or not. Also, this was after I continuously followed up with them several times via email and phone, and on the eve of the expiration of another offer, they called me. I thought that not responding to emails and calling back at 6:30 pm is not professional.

    Interview process: There was 1 on campus interview. It was technical and behavioral with questions about statistics, hypothesis testing and some economics. For the office interview, it was all about cultural fit. There were hardly any questions about technical knowledge, most of it was general 1:1 talk. If you wanna work for them, cultural fit is a huge factor, like 90%. They treat you well with an expensive lunch, but do not reimburse in a timely manner. I believe the timeframe for reimbursement is 4 weeks. Its been 5 since I sent in mine, and haven't got anything back yet. [Well, I know its cheap to expect reimbursements but hey.. when you give a bunch of interviews, the costs pile up]

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Charles River Associates (Washington, DC) in October 2010.

    Interview

    CRA recruited on my campus, but only for their NYC and Boston offices. I was interested in working in policy, so I got contact information for their Washington DC recruiter from the career fair representative. Didn't hear re: my application until almost a month after filing.

    Received an email and phone call asking me if I was interested in conducting a 1st round phone interview. Phone interview was about 30-45 minutes, mostly behavioral or resume questions, a few that stood out:

    1. we often deal with clients who understand very little about economics or statistics. If you needed to, how would you explain the concept of a statistical regression to a layperson

    2. What experience do you have with data analysis in Excel/Access (could have been prompted by my work experience in this area.

    3. What do you do outside of academics (hobbies, charity, etc)

    4. Anything academic, data, or research oriented on your resume WILL be asked about, be prepared to talk about it.

    Interviewers were extremely friendly, responded positively.

    Was offered a 2nd round interview 48 hours later. Their travel agent was very accommodating of my other plans in booking flights/hotels. They also reimburse you for taxis, and food (up to $60).

    Second round interview consisted of five 30 minute interviews, all heavily behavioral/resume based. You will interview simultaneously with about ~10 other recruits. We all met and waited in the conference room for about 10 minutes, food and drink was available there, great selection ;)

    First interview is with HR people, basically they give you a rundown of what the company is about and answer questions. For my interview I was brought in simultaneously with another candidate for this portion.

    Two of the next four interviews are with pairs of new/newer employees, anywhere from 2 months with CRA to 3 years. All resume questions and behavioral, be prepared to talk about EVERYTHING on your resume at length

    The other two interviews will be with Principals at CRA. A principal is like a lead consultant, as far as I know they are one step below vice president. Same type of questions. They try to pair you with someone who is in your field of interest, but no guarantees.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain the concept of a statistical regression to me as if I were a layperson.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Offered me a fantastic salary to do academic work that I am genuinely interested in doing, no negotiation was necessary. Offer comes about ~2 weeks after 2nd round, they will give you 2 weeks to decide.


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