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Nielsen Interview Questions in Oxford, England

Updated May 19, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)  

    Client Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7 weeks. I interviewed at Nielsen (Oxford, England (UK)) in January 2017.

    Interview

    Applied online and received an email from the company 3 weeks later inviting me to an online video assessment via Shortlister. I had 3 days to complete it. 1 week later, they contacted me again inviting me to a face to face interview where I had to present a case study and respond several competency based questions. They called me on the next day with a positive feedback and an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Online assessment: how my previous experience would help me to succeed in the new role, why do I want to work for Nielsen.
      Face to face: very long and detailed interview. Interviewers were well prepared, passionate about their jobs and extremely experienced. I had several questions about my presentation and also competency based ones. Eg: how do you work under pressure? Tell us an example of when you had to reach a tough target and how you achieved it, tell us an example of something you did that improve something in the company, if lots of people are asking you things with a short deadline, how do you prioritise it, how do you face changes etc.  
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    Consumer Panel Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Nielsen (Oxford, England (UK)) in October 2016.

    Interview

    Applied online, had an initial phone screening interview with HR, then later I had a phone interview with two senior members of the team. Then I had an in person interview at the Oxford office where I had to present some insights based on my knowledge of the FMCG market.

    Interview Questions


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    Business Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Nielsen (Oxford, England (UK)) in July 2016.

    Interview

    Speaking solely for this BDM role, I have to say that the initial stage was satisfactory with a phone screening that lasted more than an hour, and an extremely disappointing face to face interview, with good cop/bad cop old fashion approach. No policy for covering expenses to travel to Oxford and no feedback or contact whatsoever after the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • The first question I was asked from one of the interviewers was why there was a 5-month gap between positions (it was 3 actually) that I had 10 years ago.   1 Answer

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    Graduate Client Service Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at Nielsen (Oxford, England (UK)) in June 2015.

    Interview

    There are a large number of steps involved in applying - first the application form, then online personality and numerical tests, then another, very lengthy application form, then an assessment day on the location, and finally, apparently, another final interview round.

    First off, too many steps. Who has time to go do and wait for the results of so many stages?

    Secondly, the assessment day was strange. Divided into three stages, a bunch of people were sent home at each one. It was well organised, but I rather felt like cattle being driven to and from different rooms. There was no travel reimbursement (getting to Oxford is not cheap for everyone).

    I can see that there must be layers and layers of bureaucracy in a firm as large as this, and am half gratified at having been rejected relatively early on.

    Interview Questions

    • There were no questions as it was all group-based exercises   Answer Question

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    Graduate Client Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Nielsen (Oxford, England (UK)) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Online tests, video interview, face to face Assessment Centre.

    The assessment centre consisted of a survival exercises, a case study presentation, and finally a personal presentation as to why they should hire you.

    Interview Questions

    • What does Nielsen do? What services do we provide? Sell yourself in 5 minutes (why you)? What are your greatest areas of development? What can you bring to this company? What would you describe as big data?   Answer Question

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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Nielsen (Oxford, England (UK)) in October 2013.

    Interview

    1 assessment centre, quite intense, numerous group exercises. We had lunch with current associates and got the chance to ask a lot of questions. Followed up with two 1h interviews with current managers. Everyone was very friendly and proffesional at the same time. It was a great experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Casual competency based. Group assignment to demonstrate how well you collaborate with other people; super essential for this company.   Answer Question

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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Nielsen (Oxford, England (UK)) in August 2013.

    Interview

    Telephone Interview
    2 to 1 Interview
    Tests
    Final Interview

    In the 2 to 1 interview they go through your CV and they also ask how would you deal with certain situations.

    The psychometric tests consist of numerical, written and reasoning tests.

    The final interview will be with the team leader or director.

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    Graduate Market Research Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Nielsen (Oxford, England (UK)) in October 2012.

    Interview

    I am very disappointed with the way Nielsen has conducted the recruitment process, especially considering the kind of reputation it holds. I was contacted by a recruitment agency for a position with BASES. They had n number of rounds! First there is a maths test and case studies. Fairly difficult and apparently only 1 in 12 people pass the test. I passed that and went on to the telephonic interview where the interviewer asked me questions which tested some competencies and also my interest in the CPG industries. I passed that and then went on to the assessment centre. It comprised of a attention to detail task, group case study, group presentation on the case study, individual case study and presentation and then a competency interview. There is nothing really to prepare for the case studies. One only needs to use their common sense and be confident while talking to the panel. Individual case study had a lot of data to study in a very short period of time. We also had to make our presentation in that time period. Competency interview was just too detailed. They keep on probing you for more answers. At the end of all this they rejected me saying that they wanted more from the competency interview and that I did well in all the other tasks. I don't know how a decision can be based on one subjective interview when I have shown all the skills they need in their job through their innumerable tasks. They didn't send out a rejection letter formally. For the salary they are offering, they put us through a lot and still wanted more which I didn't understand.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you determine how much a company needs to sell when launching a new product?   Answer Question

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    Commercial Graduate Scheme Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Nielsen (Oxford, England (UK)) in February 2011.

    Interview

    Applied online and was contacted for a phone interview within days. Was then invited to a test which included a numerical test and a verbal reasoning test. Passed that and was invited to the assessment centre for which we were given a task to carry out a mini market research task to be presented to two interviewers at the assessment centre. The assessment centre consisted the following: a presentation and interview (in the same session, with the same two interviewers), a group exercise for which we were split into groups of 4 and given a task to discuss and present as a group, a communication exercise and a psychometric test. The interview was pretty casual and my interviewers were very friendly, which helped me to feel at ease. Communication exercise was relatively easy- we were put into groups of two and were each given a simple drawing consisting of simple geometry, and we were asked to describe it trough phone to the other partner who has to draw it down according to the description given. As for the group exercise, we were given a scenario and 4 options to choose from, for which we had to discuss and come to a decision as a group. An advice is to contribute but not dominate, They are looking for people who adds value yet is still able to work well with the team. The final psychometric test was designed to echoe a similar work situation. I found it quite hard as I had not come from a business background and did not understand many of the terms in the questions. Ultimately, according to the feedback, I did not get the role because I had displayed a lower level of confidence than what they were looking for.

    Interview Questions

    • In an ideal world where you don't have to worry about earning a salary, what would you be doing?   Answer Question

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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Nielsen (Oxford, England (UK)) in June 2010.

    Interview

    The recruiter found my CV online and offered to apply for the graduate position with BASES. Although the process took something like 2 month it was quite structured. At first I got a math test. 10 questions and 2 essays. I think for preparation it is good to do some GMAT questions, including some basic probability ( 2-3 questions).Essay were on new product development and research questions. Then there was a screening recruitment interview and finally 2 weeks later assessment centre. Everyone was really nice and very friendly. It consisted of a group exercise and several individual exercises. Everyone is very nice and friendly, so try to be yourself and enjoy experience.

    Interview Questions

    • How many bottles of beer are drank in the city over the week.   6 Answers

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