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The Advisory Board Company Analyst Interview Questions in Washington, DC

Updated Aug 19, 2017
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Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
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Easy Interview

Application

I applied online. I interviewed at The Advisory Board Company (Washington, DC).

Interview

Two Months of Unrequited Love

Somehow my well-intended application to ABC turned into a 2-month-long tragic saga of unrequited love.

This begins with a phone interview that went well enough for an invite to DC, in which I had to pay my own expenses.

The day before the in-office visit I was told that one of the positions had been filled. My in-office visit went very well, and I met several people on the finance team. I felt that they liked me it was a great fit. I was also asked to stay for an additional, unscheduled interview (I read on gd that this was a 'good sign').

A few days later, I got an email saying that based off of the "strength" of my interviews they would also like to consider me for another position, which came w another phone interview.

She's Just Not That Into You: then the email chain began. At least 2x a week I had to call & email the recruiter to find out the status of my app—she only did the bare minimum in contacting me. She consistently took days to respond and calls always went to voicemail. I wondered if she was even in the office--the general recruiting line also didn't pick up. At one point I had to contact another recruiter to just get her to email back. Every email only consisted of generic "we're still processing your app."

Several weeks pass. ABC remained my top choice. The recruiter had now given me the impression that they were sorting out the details & were likely to hire me. I rejected another offer bc of this impression. After I told her about my othe offer, she said something to the effect of “we should have an update for you in the next few days”—explicitly encouraging me about my application to ABC.

In every email I got from her she said that they were "expediting" my application and she would "hope to get back to me" by the end of the week. Every week was the same story. She probably told me 25 times that they were "expediting my request" or "expediting the process" or "expediting my application."

I then get an email over a month later inviting me to interview again at the DC office with 2 other individuals on the finance team. I thought this was odd, but I was happy to do it bc I was eager about and hoped this would seal the deal. Again, this was at my own expense, but seemed worth it bc these interviews went very well.

After, I was told by the recruiter that I "should" be hearing back in one week. At this point, given the time, money, effort, and positive feedback from the recruiter I felt very confident about it.

Every indication I got from my recruiter about the lengthy process was that it wasn't me, it was them, and the "recruiting process was longer" than it used to be, etc. All while this was happening, I was reading in the news about United Health's talks to acquire ABC, so I assumed (no word on this from anyone I spoke to at ABC) that this was part of the reason why they were stalling my hiring (especially for an internal finance position).

The Betrayal: After this second in-office interview, two weeks pass and I receive an AUTOMATED EMAIL saying that the analyst position was filled. This whole time, they had been interviewing someone else and stringing me along.

Seeking Closure: I emailed my recruiter asking for some feedback: after all, we had been in contact ALL summer and I'm on the hunt for my first job--this would have great value. She, in true form, didn't answer my question. She sent me a generic form-letter response saying that "there are so many applicants" and "they will keep my resume on file." I understand that I'm not the perfect candidate for every job, but the impression that ABC gave me was that they needed to sort out things themselves before they could hire me--something rather believable in the context of the acquisition rumors I read on credible business news outlets.

The Advisory Board really needs to rethink the treatment of their applicants. I would be embarrassed if I were overseeing a recruiting office that lead to this saga. Obviously, there are larger forces in play when hiring an applicant, and not all of this was my recruiter's fault. I was extremely patient and understanding while they were actually mistreating and misleading me. My recruiter was distant and ALWAYS unreachable. It's very weird for a company that prides itself on company culture.

While I was once gung-ho for ABC, the stringing-along, ending with an automatic rejection email, will prevent me from ever considering ABC again. They clearly do not understand how to conduct an efficient and pleasant recruiting process—not to mention how difficult and trying it is to find your first job.

This recruiting process has left me with a horrible impression of ABC. I suggest to all who consider applying here—which also applies to dating—to take what your recruiters say with a grain of salt--do not put up with them the way I did: you might end up getting your heart broken.

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    Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took a week. I interviewed at The Advisory Board Company (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    I applied for an Analyst position in Research, and had all of the qualifications in the job description and then some. I was even already employed at the Advisory Board Company, so I would have been a transfer and not a new hire (which is always preferred). However, despite going through the interview process and, "blowing them out of the water," they refused to hire me based on the fact that I had not gone the traditional route. They told me that they were scared that if they hired me without having been a research associate first, they would open the flood gates and would have to look through too many resumes the next time they posted an opening for an Analyst position.

    While a Master's degree isn't in the requirements, it is absolutely a requirement if you are an external hire, or an internal hire who hasn't been a Research Associate prior to applying for an Analyst position.

    Other than that the interview process also included a case study (which no one in Career Management -ABC's version of HR- told me about). Fortunately, when I mentioned that I got an interview for the position to one of my friends, she told me that those type of interviews usually have case studies.

    So take heed if you're applying for an Analyst position:

    -If you're an external applicant, it's best to have a Master's degree

    -If you're an internal applicant, you should probably save you're time and apply for a Research Associate position first

    -If you get an interview, prepare for a case study style interview process (you can Google sample case study interviews and use those to prepare - that's what I did and I was over prepared)

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    Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at The Advisory Board Company (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    The original position I wanted and interviewed for ended up being "discontinued" so the recruiter suggested another role to interview for as well as one that I picked myself. Absolute waste of time. It's been a few weeks and have heard nothing from the recruiter about my status. The positions themselves didn't sound anything like they were described as on the application. Felt pretty judged on random things I said and they twisted my words out of proportion. Also felt as if I was being judged for having an average GPA - this isn't a top 4 company so what gives you the right to be so nitpicky? Stay far away from this place - the culture will attract you but the work just sounds like a meat factory. Take your degree and go elsewhere!!!!!!

    Interview Questions

    • Why work here? Why should I choose you over someone else? Heavy emphasis on recent work experiences   Answer Question
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    Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at The Advisory Board Company (Washington, DC) in April 2016.

    Interview

    I had my resume submitted internally, in a few days they asked me for a phone interview, fairly short and standard. I did another phone interview and case study before final rounds at the headquarters. I had read info on Glassdoor and there is a real difference if they're invested in you; they were incredibly prompt about moving me forward in the process. Most of the discussion was on previous research, interest in healthcare, and why I made the academic choices I made.

    The final interviews were a day of interviewing, three eventually (yes they make you wait after the first ones and only schedule the last one if it goes well), all including a case at the end. Case interviewing is very stressful and I hadn't done that before; ask a lot of questions and think around the topic.

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    Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at The Advisory Board Company (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    Several days after applying for the Junior Analyst role, I was contacted by HR about scheduling a phone interview with a recruiter. Well, on the morning of that phone interview, I did NOT hear from the recruiter, so an hour later, I emailed HR. Anyhow, HR was apologetic, and explained that the recruiter ONLY attempted contacting me on the home phone, which apparently didn't accept her "private" number. I was a bit put off by this, as the recruiter should have also had my cell phone and email address! I did agree to a re-scheduled phone interview, though had to wait 2 weeks, because it's "their busiest time of the year."

    Anyhow, 2 weeks later, Recruiter #2 did contact me at the scheduled time, which I appreciated. Overall, it was an okay interview. She did indicate that it would last for about 20-25 minutes, which it did. It seemed like during the first 10 minutes or so she interrupted me by saying "ok" as if she wasn't that interested in what I was saying. The second half of the interview was better, as I had a better sense of how to tailor my responses to what she wanted to hear.

    Afterward, I was told I would hear back in 7-10 business days. Well, today, after just 3 business days, I found out they decided to pursue other candidates. I'm a bit disappointed, but not too surprised, based on the beginning of the interview.

    My takeaways: It seems as though they hold many phone interviews, which is why it took 2 weeks to reschedule it. Thus, there is ALOT of competition for one position. Their is definitely some disorganization, based on my experiences, and other reviews I have read, in terms of scheduling. Not sure what the other recruiters are like at this company, but definitely reading up on the company before hand and tailoring your skills to what THEY want to hear is essential, otherwise they seem to get "bored" during the phone interview. It also didn't help that I was still slightly congested from a cold I was just recuperating from. Of course, that wouldn't have been an issue if the 1st recruiter had reached me on the initial date!

    To put a positive spin on it, each interview is a learning experience, as was this one. I learned a little in the process, so overall a neutral experience. If you want to interview with this company, just keep these factors into consideration! Good luck!

    Interview Questions

    • Walk me through your resume, and why you made the choices you did, in terms of work and school.   Answer Question

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    Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at The Advisory Board Company (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    Position: Analyst, Finance

    Got referred by an internal friend.

    First Round: HR was a little disorganized when it came to scheduling my first round of interview, but managed to get thru after a few rescheduling. The interview itself was very traditional: background questions, previous experience, interests and the likes; No behavioral questions yet. All-in-all very professional.

    Assessment: Excel test (varies between positions, but mine was a sample of the work that I will be doing)

    Second Round: Met with my would-be manager and manager's manager in 2 separate 30-min interviews. Questions were mainly behavioral, reflections on the assessment, future goals/aspirations, and some follow-up questions as a result of my 1st round interview with HR. Got my offer the following Mon (Thu interview).

    Overall: Nothing tricky. Being honest, sincere, and persistent will definitely take you a long way.

    Interview Questions

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    Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at The Advisory Board Company (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    There was an initial phone screening interview, then I went to their DC office for in-person interviews. The interviews were a combination of a case interview and behavioral interviews (3 1-hour interviews). All of the interviewers were extremely friendly and clearly enthusiastic about working at the Advisory Board. The cases were more open-ended than the standard consulting case, but still involved plenty of math and structured thinking.

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    Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at The Advisory Board Company (Washington, DC) in October 2015.

    Interview

    I submitted my resume online, got an email back in three days for a phone interview. The phone interview was pretty standard, they wanted to know why you were interested in healthcare. Afterwards I got invited to come into their office in DC. I did not receive an offer, I don't think I was the right fit for the job so make sure to really understand all the different positions. When I asked for feedback, they said that asking questions during the case interview is very very important.

    Interview Questions

    • I had two interviews, the first one you go over your background and how it fits into the position. The case question was about moving the maternity ward into a new building and whether or not that was a good idea for a hospital. The second case question was about the 2008 financial crisis and how the company was determine which hospitals it can work with that are under financial stress and which ones to let go of because they can't   Answer Question
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    Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at The Advisory Board Company (Washington, DC) in November 2014.

    Interview

    Applied through the corporate website. I was contacted within a week, and we set up a first-round phone interview. It was a brief conversation about my experiences, and we basically went over the resume. Then, I got invited to the second-round at the headquarters. It consisted of two case interviews and one writing test. The case interviews are very simple. The two senior consultants I talked to were both late to the interviews, and they didn't seem interested in the interview or myself. HR just schedules these interviews randomly and puts them in their calendars, so they are literally pulled out randomly. The writing test is very ambiguous; it's also case-style, so I had no idea if I was doing it correctly. They cancelled my last interview with a manager. They told me two weeks later that I was not given the position. They don't respond to emails, and there don't give feedback. There is no one recruiter in the process, it's random people just emailing you generic emails. They will also take forever to reimburse me in my travels.

    Interview Questions

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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 2 weeks. I interviewed at The Advisory Board Company (Washington, DC) in October 2014.

    Interview

    I applied in mid-October and received an offer to schedule a phone interview for the following week. The interviewer asked basic questions, such as "How did you end up choosing your school/major?", "Walk me through a research project you've done", "How have your writing skills developed over time?", and things of that nature. Overall I didn't think the interview went too bad. A friend of mine also put in a referral for me.

    I was contacted a week later and was told that they were moving ahead with other candidates.

    Interview Questions


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