Accenture Senior Consultant Interview Questions

Updated Apr 23, 2015
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    Senior Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Accenture in February 2014.

    Interview

    The interview's were fairly straight forward.
    Consisted of 4 interview: 1st with recruiter (phone). Make him your friend as he can give you hints/strategies/even pay range. 2nd (phone) was with my potential manager and his boss. Mostly background, experience, and skill set questions. 3rd (phone) was with another manager. More skill and technical questions and how I would relate to this position. 4th and final was a circle-back via video conference. Be aggressive and ask for the sale. At least you won't be sitting and wondering for the next week if you have to position or not.

    My advice is to do your research on whatever space you will be in. Also, since this is a monster of a company, be sure to ask questions on the specificities of your role. Travel, verticals, etc... Good luck!!

    Interview Questions

    • No case studies for my position.
      "What experiences you've had will help you in a room full of executives"
       
      1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I did some pre-negotiating before the offer, they sent exactly what I asked for and I accepted. I have heard there is sometimes room for negotiating but I was happy with what I was offered.

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    Management Consulting Senior Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Accenture (Washington, DC) in February 2014.

    Interview

    The process started with a call from a recruiter based upon my LinkedIn page.

    It continued through interviews with a senior recruiter to further review my background. It then continued with a skills assessment test with a Senior Manager followed by a case study interview. All three of these interviews were pretty standard, no surprise or outlandish questions. The staff conducting the interview for each was pleasant and knowledgeable about the company, position and process. The interviews were much more conversational than question and answer.

    Those went just fine. Subsequently, they flew me to an east coast city to talk with a Managing Director on whose project I would work. That interview went about an hour or so. The focus was on my role and responsibilities on their project and how my background suited for such. Easy enough as I was recruited solely because I had the skills and background for this particular project.

    After this interview, I heard nothing from for 2 months; when they called and offered the position. I was in no hurry as I was presently employed and understand in consulting offers come and go based upon their present needs. Most of the time; firms like Accenture do experienced hire recruiting and interviews based upon anticipated needs which may or may not come to fruition during the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing hard, just understand how your background would be a fit for their position and work through points during your talks so they will understand, as well. It doesn't have to be a perfect match, just so your background addresses their key needs. Like any other client/consultant relationship.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    A fairly standard process. They asked my minimum and offered about 5K more. They added a sign on bonus, which I accepted. The negotiating was actually done with the Sr Recruiter.

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    Senior Strategy Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Accenture.

    Interview

    First round interview conssits of 2 case interviews. In final round interviews you have 2 more case interviews with Managing Directors.

    Interview Questions

    • You are given a business case that is usually created by the interviewer about one of their projects. You never know what type of question you will get.   Answer Question
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    Senior Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Accenture in January 2014.

    Interview

    I went through 3 steps interview

    First is general interview with HR recruiter. This is very general and they want to understand why I am looking and my background

    Second is skill interview with director or senior manager. Each person have different style or questions but the goal is to see if you have the right skills, including communication for the role. I had one with case study, actually test if I can do some simple math from the case, and the other just ask questions around my background and experience

    Third is confirmation interview with managing director or partner. Again, they want to understand your background and will open floor for all questions you have. They will provide you more direct insight what's the role and responsibility, what the group is about, and what projects will be.

    After that, they will make a decision. Waiting game!

    Interview Questions

    • At confirmation interview, I found myself defending my experience and skills. Several times the interviewer will start with you have some related experience that can apply to what we do but not direct...not sure if it's on purpose or....   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    The other offer came in better :-)

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    Management Consulting Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Accenture (Houston, TX) in October 2013.

    Interview

    Four stages of phone interview followed by one on one with Director. Two were technical/case study type interviews with subject specialists (supply chain, procurement) , one was a general aptitude interview and one a personality type interview. After the final interview having been told I passed all stages including the final with flying colors I was told there was no longer a position available due to a slowdown in the work pipeline. I felt I had wasted my time.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you manage the centralization of procurement activities between merging companies that were previously competitors.   Answer Question
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    Senior Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    It was a great experience I loved it they were very nice to me and made me feel very welocome in the process

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    Senior Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Accenture (Chicago, IL) in April 2013.

    Interview

    I applied through a headhunter who interviewed me first. Then, a recruiter had a general discussion with me about the firm. After that, they set up a "skills interview" with a manager (who was 6 years younger than me and had less org change experience than me by 3 years - fun). Also, she only had a BA from whereas I had a PhD in the filed they were hiring for.

    She was supposed to focus on my skills, but she asked things like "why aren't you going back to [your former firm]" (they're not hiring - and how is this a skill?) and "why do you want to work in utilities" (when the job description said that you don't need any experience in utilities or interest in it - they are hiring based on org change skills, not an industry). But, you need to play the game and pretend you have a passion for utilities and accenture's culture. I don't even think she read or comprehended my resume because of the way she asked her questions. Also, during the interview, she said how miserable the employees are at accenture because the whole firm locked people into industries arbitrarily. She asked about one of my projects specifically, and it happened to be something at my old firm where we were hired to clean up the mess that Accenture left behind at a major client. Since she asked, I told the truth. But, I'd advise you not to make that mistake. Just remember: Accenture is perfect - they never messed anything up.

    In the end, she told the headhunter that I was "too theoretical" and didn't have enough experience. I had more experience than she did - and I certainly never mentioned any "theory." I was rejected within 24 hours. So, essentially she knew that it wasn't going to happen when she hung up the phone, even though she pretended to be really interested in my experience and liked my answers. The interview seemed to have gone very well, which made the immediate rejection rather jarring and odd. Not to mention, on paper, I am light years beyond her, and I was applying to work FOR her (not directly, but she was a manager and I applied for a senior consultant position). To make this even more ridiculous - I had the same position at their competitor in 2008! So, in 2015 - I got rejected for a job I had 7 years ago (that paid more 7 years ago, incidentally).

    Also, in speaking with people who know more about this, we strongly suspect this was homophobia. Accenture does not want openly gay men in the utilities practice which has predominantly blue collar, homophobic clients. I thought it was strange that she spent way too much time asking me about some of my former research in grad school on gays and lesbians, and that had nothing do to with this job whatsoever. So much for all of accenture's accolades for LGBT people. Maybe they have a great LGBT group inside the firm, but I'd love to know how many people they reject based on that because they prefer to stay in the 1980s with their clients' perceptions of gay people.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about some ways you would innovate, how have you innovated? What aspects of change management projects have you worked on? Why aren't you going back to your old firm? Why do you want to work in the Utilities Practice?   Answer Question
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    Senior Managing Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Accenture (Los Angeles, CA) in January 2012.

    Interview

    Interview with HR Recruiter & with Practice Manager, passed
    HR Behavioral Test - passed
    Sr. Exec interview - this guy was with the firm for 20+ years, never worked anywhere else

    I accepted a position with a competing firm at a higher salary, less travel

    Reasons for Declining

    Not impressed with Sr. Exec and his attitude. I accepted a position with a competing firm at a higher salary, less travel

  10. Helpful (1)  

    Management Consulting Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Accenture (Chicago, IL) in December 2011.

    Interview

    Initial Phone interview with HR rep out of the practice area, Follow up with 2 additional phone interviews to determine skill set as well as behavioral interview questions. Flown in for 1 day to meet with 3 high level people. Offer was presented within a week of that face to face interview.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Able to negotiate salary

  11.  

    Management Consulting Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irving, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Accenture (Irving, TX) in December 2011.

    Interview

    Very rigid interview process, there are 5-6 interviews and final interview if face to face. Recruiter filters thru candidates then first and second level on the phone interviews. Then everything stops for couple of weeks. If they are interested then 3rd and 4th interviews. If they are not interested then no feedback is given.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked to describe scenarios from past experience and walk interviewer thru it   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I took what I was offered and no room for negotiation

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