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Consulting Associate Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in February 2012.
Interview Details Fairly straightforward interview process. Starts with a phone interview with a current consulting associate who has a year or two's experience, it's a very relaxed conversation about your background, then some basic questions on investments.
Interview Question – How would you invest 1 million dollars? Answer Question
Consulting Associate Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in October 2011.
Interview Details No competence questions. I was asked about my previous job experience and why want to switch to investment consulting. Then I was asked to describe my portfolio: where would I invest and why, for how long, etc etc. They clearly expected very detailed answer of the firms, sectors, market dynamic, aims.
Interview Question – Detailed questions about the market portfolio. View Answer
Consulting Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in August 2011.
Interview Details 20 minute phone interview with a few general questions such as: Why did you do that degree, what do you expect to do at CA. After that a quick case study about how to invest a 100 mio. fortune. Very friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Performance Reporting Associate Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in November 2013.
Interview Details I applied online, and several weeks later had a screening call. They focused on my resume, and asked me to describe why I had chosen to work at each place, and why I had chosen the College, I attended, and Major. A week later I was asked to come in for a interviews. I was interviewed with 2 other candidates, and began with an information session about the company. Then we were split up, and over 2 hours or so interviewed by 3 different people. Each person asked essentially the same range of questions, as far as I can tell in an attempt to see if your answers would change. Most questions were fairly standard (your skills, weaknesses, experiences). I never heard back from them afterwards, even after sending several follow up emails over 2 months. While I was not particularly unhappy about not moving on, it is polite, and easy, to inform someone they are no longer being considered.
Interview Question – Who do you most admire? Answer Question
Administrative Assistant Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC.
Interview Details I heard about the position from a staffing agency. It was a first round phone interview with two members of HR. Interview was basic, reviewed interview, and covered the position. Interviews were still being performed and follow-up will be in a few days time. No offer was extended as it was a first round phone interview.
Interview Question – Only a few questions were asked:
1. What is your long term goal? Say a 2-4 year timeframe?
2. What is the type of work environment in which you work best?
3. What is the salary you were making in your previous roles? Answer Question
Staff Accountant Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in July 2014.
Interview Details I received an email requesting a phone interview last week. Upon initiating the call it was OK but the recruiter kept prodding for a higher meaning behind my applying to the job. It was not rocket science after over four years in non-profit I wanted to go back to corporate. Given this was essentially an entry level job and I clearly have experience as my resume stated (10 yrs since I graduated from college) it was odd to feel like I was being asked questions that do not apply to me. Very spastic recruiter but nice lady. The next day I got an email saying my background does not match their needs for the role. Did you not have my background prior to calling me?
Interview Question – Unoriginal questions: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What did you connect with in the job descriptions? Answer Question
Junior Research Associate Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC.
Interview Details I applied online and about a month later, I received an email requesting a phone interview. The phone interview was basic, running through the resume. Then two weeks later, I was called in for a group interview where you listen to a presentation about the company for about thirty minutes and then have three individual interviews with assistant managers. The last interview I had was a writing sample, two round table discussions with people who have the job you are applying for, an interview with an assistant manager, and then the manager.
They repeat the questions a lot. They try to make you nervous by asking a lot of questions in a short amount of time. It's really not that bad.
Interview Question – What animal characterizes your work ethic? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – The compensation was lower than expected. I got another job with a higher salary.
Investment Performance Junior Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC.
Interview Details Submitted my resume via company website. HR was efficient and got back to me the next day and we scheduled a phone interview. The phone interview went smoothly and the nice HR lady ran through my resume as well as some questions that allowed her to know more about me.
Was then sent an email inviting me to come down for the first round interview. Started off with a presentation by the director of PRG that shared with us a broad overview of the company. It was followed by 3 rounds of interviews with the current staff as well as the HR.
I was then invited back for a second and final round of interviews the next day. (Yes the HR lady is efficient!) Was given a more detailed presentation by the same director before embarking on a case study. Case study was interesting and I think they were looking at possibly your thought process.
Once again, I got a response the next day and received an offer.
Interview Question – Questions were generally standard save for some gotcha questions. Answer Question
Investment Performance Junior Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in May 2014.
Interview Details There was an online application, HR telephone screen, and after they invite you to the office for a company presentation and 2 interviews with a current analyst and HR rep. Final round was a case study and another interview with the HR rep and the manager.
1. HR telephone screen questions: Run through your resume, what are you most proud of, why Cambridge, what other jobs have you applied for, pretty standard questions.
2. Listen during the company presentation at the office because the first question the HR rep asked was "what did you find interesting/what did you learn about the company?". Again, very standard questions. The analyst asked: "If money was no object, what would be your dream job" followed by "How would this position help you fulfil that dream?"
3. Case study was really simple, nothing technical. Another analyst will come in for 15 mins and you can ask them questions. Interview with the manager was more of a conversation.
Interview Question – Why investments and not another area of finance? Answer Question
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