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Accenture Management Consultant Interview Questions

Updated Nov 19, 2014
Updated Nov 19, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Accenture.

    Interview Details

    This is a very difficult company to get any access to, requiring a considerable effort to actually get a phone call. If you have someone who can refer you (i.e. a current employee) it makes it far more likely you'll get a call.

    I found the phone screening process to about what I would've expected. It was quite extensive, with significant attention paid to all positions (a little surprising that it wasn't more focused on recent activities, but I suppose every company is a bit different). The interviewer was very professional, very specific on what they were looking for and quite forthcoming with the situation within the company regarding hiring etc.

    I enjoyed the interaction and we'll see how it turns out.

    Interview Questions
    • There was quite a bit of probing, as expected, on the experiences within consulting which I highlighted on my resume. They wanted to know exactly what was accomplished. This was a little difficult as my previous clients are quite clear that everything I did for them was confidential and I wanted to be certain I respected that confidentiality. Fortunately, they understood the confidentiality and modified their questioning accordingly.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Business Analyst - Management Consulting Development Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 8 weeksinterviewed at Accenture.

    Interview Details

    I applied online to an experienced hire position: Accenture Management Consulting Development Program (MCDP) Business Analyst: Talent and Organization (T&O). This is an experienced hire position rather than the MCDP entry level.

    A few weeks after my application, I was contacted by the job posting's recruiter via email to schedule a phone screen. I responded a convenient time for a 30-45 phone screen. There is a time gap of between 1-2 weeks for each of the following interview process steps:

    1. A recruiter phone screen about resume, background, experience, skills the why Accenture
    3. A manager from the T&O service line conducted a 1 1/2 hour interview: 45 minutes for experience/resume/scenario and another 45 minutes for a case interview.
    3. A two hours in-person interview with a manager and a senior manager. The former conducted the case interview and the latter conducted the final confirming (sanity check) interview.

    Overall, it was a very positive interview and I felt the communication via the recruiter throughout the process was professional, throughout and informative.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Management Consultant: Risk Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Accenture in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    started with an HR phone screening, then a phone behavioral interview, and then a phone skills interview and finally 3 in person interviews at the NY office with 3 partners in the risk practice.
    The behavioral and skills interview were fairly typical. Google those sort of questions and prepare. you are doing this on the phone, so feel free to bring notes with you, but dont read from them directly. Make sure you can explain concrete and real examples of previous work experiences and challenging assignments,and interactions with coworkers. I was asked about a time i had to influence someone who didnt at first agree with me... its questions along those lines....
    The final, in person interviews were fairly straightforward. I was only asked 1 case question, but others i know who were there were asked 3 different cases, so be sure to prepare for that.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Accenture in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    The process started off with an initial screening interview from HR. Following this, I had two phone interviews-- the first was a skills assessment followed by a case interview. The skills interview was intense and the case interview was a little bit more relaxed. I think this was more a function of the interviewer's style. Following these phone calls, I had an in person interview where I met with two senior executives and a partner. These were mostly behavioral and went well. I haven't received an offer yet, but am hopeful!

    Interview Questions
    • If I were to put you into a boardroom with the CEO of company X, what would you sell?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Management Consulting Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Accenture in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    There is a lot of planning that is required for this interview process. Know the company. Be clear about your value with the company. And, prepare a lot for the situation interview (Situation, Action, Business Outcome). Keep the situations as short and concise as possible.

    Interview Questions
    • In the situation interview I was asked to give details about how I manage a Project; assigned resources, tracked progress etc... The interviewer was looking for a lot of specifics   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Accenture in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    Accenture hosted a number of networking events at which they introduced current Consultants and explained the company culture. They keep track of attendance at these events so it's crucial to attend. I submitted my resume and they invited me to a first-round interview. I had to separate, roughly hour-long case interviews. The first was a conversational case which was pretty nebulous and confusing. The second was a more quantitative case. Both interviewers were kind but to-the-point.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Accenture in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    HR Screen, then behavioral interview with Manager, Situational Interview with Senior Manager, Business Case & Final Interview, 1:1 with Senior Executive

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Be very flexible because it's a great opportunity. There's a lot ability to move and around within the organization.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Change Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Charlotte, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Charlotte, NC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Accenture in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    First contacted by a recruiter who conducted a very straightforward screening interview. My profile was then forwarded to Accenture's offshore interview scheduling call center. This was a very bumpy process that resulted in multiple cancellations/rescheduled appointments and unintelligible phone messages.

    Finally got scheduled for a situational interview that was conducted very well with appropriately challenging questions and scenarios. Final skills telephone interview was conducted by a fast-talking interviewer who read from a scripted list of skills categories with multiple sub-categories, and then asked for specific examples that incorporated all skills criteria. It was very off-putting.

    Interview Questions
    • Please provide an example of an example of a consulting intervention that you designed and led that incorporated all of the skills that were just listed.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 14 people found this helpful  

    Consultant (Risk Management) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Accenture in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    First off, I'm thankful for this site as it has been instrumental to me not only in the interview process but has been extremely helpful for me to get offer.

    I applied online for a Consultant Position. The position is under management consulting and the specific group is Risk Consulting. My background is in banking, risk management, and internal consulting, so a recruiter called me right after 1 or 2 weeks after applying online.

    1st interview - HR Screening:

    The HR lady is extremely thorough. She grilled me on my project management skills for 1 hour. She asked me about my experience in depth and then when I went into it in detail, she wanted more big picture. That was my hardest interview. But my advice would be to sell as much as you can on the skills the position you're applying for. Always say "Yes, I have done that or I've done a variation of that" because ultimately you have to pass the screening for them to setup your phone interviews and final round.

    2nd interview - Situational / Behavioral

    I had a HR personell calling me regarding my previous experience. She asked questions such as "Tell me about a time when you couldn't meet a deadline?" or "Tell me about a time when you organized large amounts of information?" I was only asked two questions and gave detailed answers. My advice: 1) Prepare a lot of past experiences in DETAIL, 2) be POSITIVE on every answer. She will ask you about how you felt in that situation, so it's better to tell the truth, however, if you dont' remember, then you can say honestly "I don't remember, but it would make sense for me to feel etc....." But don't BS something completely made up. She'll catch on. She does this for a living. If it's a phone interview, I suggest you to write your experiences down, and then recite them with someone. I wrote down 4 scenarios on my computer and used that as a guide during my phone interview.

    3rd interview - Skills

    A senior manager called me to ask me about what I did in the past. He didn't give me a case but he studied my resume and asked me to walk him through my resume just to provide any additional information for him. I heard he could have went through my resume bullet by bullet, but he didn't. Rather he asked me specifically on the skills (credit risk experience) he thought I had. I passed that with flying colors. And got the final round phone cal 10 minutes after.

    In Office Visit - Final Round

    I had 3 back to back meetings with 3 partners of the firm. For me, the interviews were less structural and more personal. However, this can vary and I believe I had special treatment because the two other candidates told me (after first interview and during lunch) that they had 2 hardcore Cases and multiple brain teasers. They mentioned that the interviews were extremely difficult and were shocked that I didn't receive any. I did my homework, I knew partners wanted to hear: 1) Why I wanted to Join Accenture, 2) What does their group specifically do and more importantly how they add value to the clients, 3) What do I like about their corporate culture, etc. I had a friend working for Accenture and she told me in detail a lot about the job (so that helped).

    Three hours after my final round, I got an email from my recruiter saying that "it looks very promising from their end" and they will have more detail for me next week. The following week, I received a verbal offer, passed the background check, and got the formal offer via email.

    Accenture's hiring process is so efficient and HR is so well managed, it's really impressive. Hope that helped.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you couldn't meet a deadline?   Answer Question
    • If the CEO of a firm put you on the spot on a question you have no knowledge of, what should you say?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Still trying to negotiate salary. Accenture HR is very impressive, they're very savvy going about salary negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Analyst Management Consulting Development Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Accenture in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    The hiring interview was aggressive and at the same time conservative. Aggressive in terms of calling candidate the next day I put my resume into the system and finding interview dates based on my flexibility. Conservative because I had to go through 6 interviews to receive the offer.

    Suggestion always be positive about your own skills and be confident when facing the interviews.

    1. HR Screen about my Background my current salary and expected salary for the position.
    2. Tech. Skill set interview for an hour over my expertise.
    3. Scenario Interview for hour and a half.
    4. Tech. Skill set interview again for an hour.
    5. Case interview for hour and a half.
    6. 1:1 interview

    HR will call you if you pass all the interviews above.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Never had to negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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