Interviewed at Accenture
Interview Details – It was a great experience I loved it they were very nice to me and made me feel very welocome in the process
I applied through other source and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Accenture in June 2013.
Interview Details –
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
Reason for Declining – Not impressed with Sr. Exec and his attitude. I accepted a position with a competing firm at a higher salary, less travel
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Accenture in March 2013.
Interview Details – Contacted by an executive search firm. Fist round of technical interview. Second round in person by a Partner. Went very well. Third round by some one in HR.
Interview Question – Tell me of a Project where you ran over budget. View Answers (2)
Negotiation Details – No negotiations. They came back with 10K less and agreed to split the difference as sign in bonus.
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Accenture in December 2012.
Interview Details – To begin the hiring process, a candidate submits CV on Accenture career site. There are 3 rounds of interview. First, an HR staff will conduct a telephone interview, asking information on your CV. So, know your CV. Second, you will enter an office interview with 3 interviewers. Be prepared to communicate your assets and skills pertaining to the job
Interview Question – The interviewer may ask technical questions. My recommendation is to answer honestly but demonstrating your capability to learn and adapt to new environment, which is the ground for all business consulting Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Ask for $5K to $10K higher than the proposed offer. Ask for month at level
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Accenture in December 2012.
Interview Details – 3 total interviews. 2 over the phone and 1 face to face. The first 2 were a mix of behavioral questions with problem solving questions as well. Definitely be ready to explain a complex problem and how you have figured out a solution for it. The third interview was just a formaility. If you get past the first 2 you are pretty much locked in to get an offer.
Interview Question – What was the most difficult problem you had to overcome on a project? What was your solution? Was it a success? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Pretty simple. I gave the celing based on the market and I got what I wanted. Definitely ask for a sign on bonus.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Accenture in September 2012.
Interview Details – 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 Question – Behavioral SHARE interview process Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Able to negotiate salary
The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Accenture in December 2011.
Interview Details – Do not understand what are they looking for. I guess some "consultant" traits that I do not have. I do not think experienced industry or job function knowledge is as valued as the client management skills......pretty sure that the client pays to solve the problems effectively and effciently rather than to be "managed".
Interview Question – Standard skill questions Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Accenture in September 2011.
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I was contacted by Accenture Recruiter about their interest in talking to me about a Sr Manager opportunity in their Management Consulting practice. Initial phone interview was rescheduled a few times. Good discussions with another sr manager which included a case discussion. During the phone interview itself the Sr manager felt that I was doing well and discussed next round options. In person discussions scheduled in Houston office. Met with a few sr managers and partners. Got a call later in the day that all gave very positive feedback. More personal details were requested for background check to extend an offer. I was then requested to get on the phone with another sr partner who suggested that I talk to another sr partner in an adjacent practice.
I work for a big corporation currently. I wanted to work for a nimbler organization and hence I was interested in Accenture's MC practice that is relatively smaller. While Accenture has smart people, it unfortunately behaves like a big corporation with lots of processes, slow decision making. It also felt like everyone at various levels in the organization wanted to have an input on every decision. This is generally indicative of other problems in the organization.
Interview Question – Give an example of when I envisioned, project managed and successfully executed a Project Answer Question
The process took 2 months - interviewed at Accenture in August 2011.
Interview Details –
1st Recruiter--first interview, after an initial, informal fit screen/discussion, with situational pretty standard judgement/behavioral competency questions. Female phone interviewer for Talent and Organizational Performance group based out of 954 area, Ft Lauderdale, very professional, informative, helpful friendly, Told me right then and there she was progressing me forward. Told me there were 4 workstreams (Change Mgt, Org Design/Talent Mgt, Learning and Collaboration, HR Transformation in the TOP practice) and various levels (experienced consultant, consulting mgr, consulting sr manager etc) for which they were actively recruiting and mid-reorg with a major focus i.e., TOP, dual major i.e., 1 of 4 workstreams, and a minor 1 of 8 industry areas, Apparently they do these interviews every Friday in different regional and city locations and you can interview in a city that wouldn't necessarily be your base. There were open positions posted on their career website, but after the process, I have a hankering that they are out there fishing for a pool of talent to keep "on hand" for need due to communicated growth.
2nd Interview--independent consultant female who used to work for Accenture in their Finance Org (yes, I said Finance for a TOP/Human Capital practice) who stated they contract her out for situational judgement/behavioral phone interviews. It was the most grueling nitpicky SJ/BC interview I have EVER participated in both as a candidate and and interviewer (I maintain recruiting experience). She was friendly and professional but repeatedly asked follow up questions I had already answered, in GREAT detail might I add, given I'm certified in TS (Targeted Selection) interviewing. After literally running out of detail, some of it made up due elaboration to her excessive probing, I began to answer with "I think I already answered that when I stated...xyz". Her follow up questions were at times repetitive and seemingly superfluous and as would be expected, never specific, always generic: what else did you say...did you convey anything else...is that all that happened, was anyone else involved, were there any other outcomes, were there any negative results etc. Super thorough, super annoying. See specific interview questions for detail.
3rd Interview--consulting manager or sr manager male phone interview out of Chicago office who didn't ask any SJ/BC questions. Super informal and friendly. Mostly a skills interview, reviewing work experience on my resume via job function, role and responsibilities. He reconfirmed the org structure but didn't know who and where was hiring or when and redirected me back to the recruiter, or on to the final interviews by stating he was recommending me to progress.
4th and 5th interviews--F2F interviews by 2 partners and senior executive males out of Chicago TOP practice and, I inferred, directly responsible for deciding if you are getting a job offer. Both professional, but one of an obvious higher caliber, appearance as well as impact and style. Both friendly but one even friendlier and more informal and personable (these are the ones to "beware of" because its easy to get "too relaxed".) One in the L&C work stream and the other in the Change workstream, minoring in (I gathered) telecommunications and gov industries respectively Mostly asked generic strength/weakness/preference/5 year development plan/direction questions. I got the distinct interview at this point that they weren't really assessing experience or skill, just "fit". And, turns out I was correct. I was sure I nailed the offer. Asked the 2nd one the final steps of the process. He indicated they circle back with the process stakeholder and discuss high potential candidates.
Followed up with the recruiter with some final questions I hadn't time to ask in person and sent expenses; sent thank you re-confirmations to the partners a few days after that. On receipt of one those emails, the recruiter (likely prompted by the recipient) emailed me indicating she had meant to follow up with me and had been busy. We scheduled a discussion time and when such ensued, she answered my final questions and sandwiched that although the feedback was all positive, that they would not be making an offer due to "better" fit and a very competitive candidate pool. When I probed further, I realized I wasn't just competing with others for open reqs, but that I was competing against an "unknown" fit standard that I didn't understand where I had "fallen short".
Overall the experience was professional, polite, friendly even but I'm baffled where and why I ultimately screened out.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Accenture in August 2011.
Interview Details –
I have worked at Accenture before but been gone for many years. I was referred by a current employee to a senior executive who was willing to discuss opportunities to come back. There was no specific opportunity in mind when we first met but we had a good interview and brainstormed a number of ideas in conjunction with discussing my background. The interview was very positive with some clear next steps identified but it took nearly a month for the next step to happen - a cursory screening interview with HR.
HR took another month to arrange a second interview within the hiring group and unfortunately, it was not the group that had been discussed in my first interview. It was however a group that my first interviewer was affiliated with so that was a positive as it indicated I had made a strong impression on my first interviewer. Still, the elapsed time of two months was a red flag.
The second interview was a case interview with someone at the same level that I was applying for (senior manager) and I think it went very well. I "cracked the case" within a few minutes and more importantly, I think I did a good job demonstrating my thought process. We discussed other topics for the balance of the interview including what the challenges might be in coming back to consulting.
Two weeks later I was informed by HR that the second (case) interview went well but the first interviewer had decided not to proceed with my candidacy because of a lack of industry depth. This might be legitimate but it's unclear why this became an issue so late into the process. HR has indicated they will look for a better fit for me within the company. It's unclear if this is the brush off or a legitimate desire to find a place for me with Accenture.
At this point, I'm more lukewarm on Accenture as a company simply because of the lack of transparency and decisiveness evidenced by the process. The people I met were top drawer, so I don't want to judge them too harshly based on one experience. I know there are external factors such as the economy and the impending year end for the company (end of this month) as well as the real possibility that there might be another opportunities for me with Accenture. Until some time has passed, I probably won't be able to finalize my opinion of the process as a whole.
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