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All of the case study questions5 Answers
If you honestly thought any of these questions were unfair when applying to an analyst job you had NO business being there. All of those questions are simple and straightforward analytic questions and very easy to answering if you have any experience working with numbers and data sets.
1) If there are two small bookstores in the mall and a large company purchases them both, should you close one or keep them both open? Answer: Both answers are correct and it depends on your reasoning. Closing one, will reduce overhead costs. Keeping both open will allow you to maximize market potential...really it all hangs in the explanation. 2) Sell me this stapler (this was stupid, awkward, and in my opinion unfair as I was not attempting to get a job involving sales). Answer: This is not an unfair question. You are applying to an ad agency, what do you think they do. As analyst there you need to be able to understand the advertising goals and objectives. 3) How many lightbulbs are in Chicago? (another stupid question that is truly unfair) Answer: Again, this question is neither unfair or stupid. You sound like you were unprepared. To begin you need to define all of you segments and then within in those segments break out basic calculations using assumptions. So....household segment using number of households in chicago, times square foot, time number of light bulbs for square foot.....infrastructure using miles of road, how many light per mile, train tracks, rivers ect....vehicles using number of cars, train, boats and buses then estimating number of lights for each, business and retail space using an estimate for maybe the number of people who work in chicago or the business sector square foot total and multiply by number of light bulbs...this can go on as you continue to break out segments and account for all of the different types of segments that use light bulbs. 4) A credit card company tests a direct-mail campaign by sending red envelopes to 100 people and blue envelopes to 100 people (random samples). Assuming the red envelopes resulted in 1 person signing up and the blue envelopes resutled in 2 people signing up, how would you advise the client to proceed with the campaign? Answer: First of all I would say that this campaign wasn't statistically significant and therefore the observed difference could be related to random variance. If it were stat sig, you would obviously advise to go for the higher one, but I am pretty sure that this question also stipulates that the red envelopes cost half as much as the blue envelops therefore it doesn't matter which campaign you are using as your ROI is the same.
My post was primarily intended to give future candidates a reasonable idea of what to expect going into an interview for a similar position at Digitas. Clearly my background and skill set qualified me for the position, or I wouldn't have even made it in the building. Reading the job description, one would not expect to receive the types of questions I fielded during the interview. I spent my time preparing for traditional interview questions, researching the company and its work, and learning about the function of the role - all components that I believe paint a better picture of a candidate than the case questions that made up 75% of my interview. I think 9 out of 10 people would agree with me that some of if not all of these questions were ridiculous, especially in an already stressful interview environment. Im so glad you had an easy time answering these at your computer as you troll GlassDoor to hate on people's shared experiences. You must be a master blaster, all hail to the mighty case study question god. You should spend your time adding value to the community instead of detracting from it with your holier-than-thou attitude.
To original poster, I actually worked as an analyst at digitas. And have worked as an analyst at other companies. Case questions are designed to test your ability to think critically and in high pressure situations. They are always expected and it simply sounds like you did not do your homework on the division within the company you were interviewing for. Did you think you would get hired for an analytic role in which you need to be able to manipulate large data sets from multiple sources by simply answering behavioral questions? I don't think so.
I can see why it sounds like no business begin there. But look at this point view, it might be interesting. Question 3 can been seen both as a mock question and as an analytic question. There isnt a real answer to that just how you answer the question. In an interviewer perspective, this is a question to judge the way you think. Question 2 is actually a marketing question rather then selling. This question actually judges you how well you know marketing and advertising. It also judges how well you think. Sounds dumb but imagine the question was sell me a paper clip. Thank you for sharing your insight, but a lot of questions interviewer throw at interviewee is to determine how they think or will act at work.
"Why do you want to work at Red Ventures?" Followed by.... "That's interesting, but really, why do want to work at Red Ventures... what is it about this company?"6 Answers
It appears they are looking for a cult like response to your interest in Red Ventures - preferably focusing on the culture
That was my experience, too.
Agreed, this place is a total joke. I currently have a GREAT job but am trying to relocate and am only on the market for this reason (my company has no branches where I would like to move to). I just got a call from their recruiter about five minutes ago and what a joke that lady was. I do outside b2b sales with a great base salary for a billion dollar corporation. Let me tell you, I can read people FAST. This lady was all about the intimidation and drinking the kool aid. She was so insulted when I didn't know anything about the company. She was so insulted when I didn't know anything about the company, then I said "you called me". Who actually researches and remembers every job they apply to on careerbuilder? She told me to do some research on the company then call her back. I DON'T THINK SO. I told her I wouldn't be interested in interviewing without knowing the pay structure and she gave me the baloney used car sales answer of "just do the research and call us back". I got news for you guys, any REAL job will give you pay structure right up front so if there is not a mutual interest there is no wasted time.
Sounds like you mass apply to job postings...in this economy you are shooting yourself in the foot because your competition takes time to track what companies they applied to...Red Ventures might not have been a fit for you but your lack of knowledge about the company clearly should your lack of interest or desire to get the position...just my two cents.
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I accidentally hit the down vote button on the reply to the third submission. You should always do your homework. Always!!!!!
Palindrome date.4 Answers
took me some time
12/31/1390 it can't be after the 1300's because the highest date in a month is 31 (inverted to 13xx for the year). the highest xx is 90 to make the month 09. the only choices are 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 01 11 and 21 for the xx anyway since there are 12 months.
i mean 09/31/1390
shouldn't it be 08/31/1380, instead of 09/31/1390 as there is no 31st in 09 (Sep)
Here is the brain teaser question: Given integers as 1, 2, 3, 4, ..., N. Every time you remove an alternative element until only one is left. If you reach the end, just do a rounding. Return the remaining element. For example, given 1,2,3,4,5,6, you remove 1, 3, 5 and then 2, 6. So the remaining element is 4. What is the remaining element if N is 2000?8 Answers
You need matched experience. Otherwise don't waste your time.
I'll try to explain why everyone says the answer is 1024. 1) You start from removing all *odd* values, which would leave you just the *even* numbers. (2, 4, 6, etc.) 2) In the next round, you remove all numbers that are *not multiples of 4*. Remaining with (4, 8, 12, etc.) 3) In the next round, you remove all numbers that are *not multiples of 8*. Remaining with (8, 16, 24, etc.) If you repeat this process, you are basically scaling the leading value by 2 and dividing the length of this array by 2. Once the array is size 1, you are returning the leading value. So effectively, you're just going through the values 1, 2, 4, 8, etc. until you reach the biggest value that is smaller than the size of the array.
1024 is the answer
Just be able to explain example of your sales success. They will bring you on regardless as a contractor before being offered full time employment. They are looking for as many bodies as possible for market penetration whether you are qualified or not.4 Answers
1099 gets paid $150 per sale usually need 8 to become full time
The phrase "usually" is shading. I brought on 8 accounts and was told to sell more to receive salary. That is a lie.
weren't they 9 sales in order to receive the salary? it's just a question
So shady...don't go there...look at the three comments above...the answers always change in order to move up...like carrot in front of a donkey
What do you think will be the hardest part about this job for you?3 Answers
Any advice on how to prepare?
No, it's not really an interview that you can prepare for. Other than being comfortable with a lot of math and being able to talk about yourself and your resume in an intelligent way, it's fairly straightforward.
Thanks for the advice! Were the cases mostly you are given a packet of info and a question, and you have to figure out how to answer the question? Also, what type of cases were they (market sizing, M&A, etc.)?
What are your strengths?3 Answers
Im very friendly, good personality, outgoing, good with people, take my job very serious, and want to be the best i can
hard worker, team player, perfectionist,follow directions good, and a very fast learner
DO my job with pride, I learn Fast, I have computer experience, Like to work in a fast pace job, I follow directions well, and would make a goodaddition to your business
If we were paid $5 every time someone "Liked" our clients page, and 30% of people that click on the ad like the page, what is the maximum we can pay per click to have a 20% profit margin?5 Answers
expected return is 1.50 (5*0.3) for person. Profit margin = (1.50-X)/1.50= 20%. X = 1.20$
The distance between LA and NY is 3,000 miles. A train leaves LA and heads for NY at 100 mph. At the same time a bird leaves LA and heads to NY traveling at 300 mph. When the bird reaches NY it will turn around and head back to the train. Upon reaching the train the bird will turn around and head back to NY. This will repeat continuously until both the bird and the train are in NY.4 Answers
This is the one that truly stumped me and I ended up wasting almost 75 minutes on.
I assume the question was to calculate the total distance traveled by the bird? which is equal to the time taken by the train to reach NY (3000 miles / 100mph = 30 hours). Bird distance = 30 hours X 300mph = 9000 miles
What's the question? Was the question how many times they would meet each other?
That would be hard to calculate, given there's no wind speed factor. You can't determine the answer if you don't know how the air currents are flowing and can't measure resistance. Additionally, delays may be met by the train.