Egon Zehnder
2.8 of 5 55 reviews
www.egonzehnder.com New York, NY 150 to 499 Employees

Egon Zehnder Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 23, 2014
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Summer Analyst Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Boston, MA (US)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Egon Zehnder.

Interview Details Phone screening, in person case interview

Interview Question – Knowledge of profit and loss statements   View Answer

Reason for Declining – While the company is great and the people are fantastic, not many people have heard of Egon Zehnder and I needed a bigger name on my resume

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Executive Assistant Interview

Executive Assistant
San Francisco, CA (US)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Egon Zehnder.

Interview Details The interview process was pretty straight forward. One initial interview with the office leader; one other day of interviews for cultural fit.

Interview Question – What's you five year plan?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Pretty straight forward.

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst
Chicago, IL (US)

I applied through college or university - interviewed at Egon Zehnder in October 2012.

Interview Details Lots of interviews. Very process oriented. Look for detail orientation, ability to do mundane things and find interest in them, interpersonal skills. Case: make sure you make sense of everything you are thinking. its about how you think about the person. For me it was a CEO resume and whether his qualifications would match a job description. If you don't like that don't do the job because that is what you do all day.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you had to multitask under pressure.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation.

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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Intern Interview

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Interviewed at Egon Zehnder

Interview Details First step is application with resume, cover letter, and transcript. Second step is a conversational phone interview of about thirty minutes in length, covering the resume and some conversational questions. The third step is the in-person interview, of 90 minutes in length. 45 of those minutes are devoted to a case interview concerning an actual executive search and where/at who you might look for the position. The other 45 minutes are another conversational interview - they want as many people as possible to meet and get a read on you.

Interview Question – The case interview is not the kind studied for using Case in Point - it is an actual executive search.   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Research Analyst Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee
Boston, MA (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Egon Zehnder in March 2013.

Interview Details Initial phone screen with basic questions about my resume. Called back for a case study in office. Gave an example search and asked you how you would go about the search process. They then walk you through the steps of what actually happened and let you know where you were strong and where else you could have looked. Final phase was another phone screen with a higher ranking research analyst much like the first one, just getting to know you and your resume. Whole process took about 2 weeks.

Interview Question – No specific question, more the case. Need to be able to think outside of the box pertaining to a search strategy.   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst
São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Egon Zehnder.

Interview Details Boring talks with Directors, peers (Researchers) and then if approved you get an offer.

Interview Question – Why EZ?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Pretty normal

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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst
São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Egon Zehnder in October 2011.

Interview Details Conversation with General Manager, then with Research Principal, then a few of the other Researchers and then received an offer.

Interview Question – Why Egon Zehnder?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Tough, ceiling of Research area is R$8,000/month

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Research Analyst Interview

Anonymous Employee
Chicago, IL (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Egon Zehnder in October 2011.

Interview Details The interview process began with a phone interview of about 30 minutes in length, which was made up primarily of behavioral and informational questions. Next, I was notified by email that I was invited to interview in their office down town the following week. This interview was roughly 3 hours, and was the conglomeration of 2 1:1 interviews and a group interview, as well as a written skills test. The interviewers were all extremely kind and their personalities/enthusiasm were one of the deciding factors in my decision to accept their offer. I met with my supervisor, a leading consultant as well as two research associates that will work with me during my internship. Altogether, I had a very positive experience interviewing with EZI, and I expect that it was indicative of the time I am to spend there.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time you worked on a project start to finish. What was the situation? How did you address the problem? What was the outcome?   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Summer Research Analyst Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Egon Zehnder in June 2011.

Interview Details The phone interview was easy and consisted of questions about what I had done and was doing in school that was relevant to the research position. It was also about my interest in executive search (it's okay if you don't know anything about executive search). They really like curiosity! Work culture is very female dominated and collaborative!

Interview Question – What was the most interesting job you've had and why?   Answer Question

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Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst
Atlanta, GA (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Egon Zehnder in December 2010.

Interview Details I applied to the internship program which was prepared for the first time but it appears that they will continue doing it every year. It is usually for the Spring Semesters where they take a bunch of interns in each office location provide them with a very good training and select about 30% of interns at the end of the internship to offer a full-time position.
I had a half an hour phone interview first with two Research Associates then I was brought to their office for a round of interviews which included the Research Associates and the Head of Research. After explaining a bit about the company they allowed me to speak for more than half an hour about myself, interests and accomplishments. They are very nice and friendly. Goodlooking peole and very well dressed up so I guess you cannot expect to dress casual and always take care of you appearance.
Also, they kind of want to learn about your personality, your interests and goals and they explained that the hierarchy at the company is very horizontal. No technical questions were asked. The only thing they asked me to do is do a reasoning exercice where I was given a text and a resume I needed to comment on. It was very easy and they informed me that they were impressed. Then I was invited for a second round but it wasn't an interview just meeting the consultants and partners at the office.

Interview Question – You come from a technical background why are you interested in doing some qualitative work instead.   View Answer

Reason for Declining – I wanted to join but as an international student my employment authorization document got delayed and for that reason they couldn't accomodate me since they waned me to start at a certain date as they seem to have invested heavily in their training program. The pay wasn't going to be great (12 USD an hour).

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