Accenture Interview Questions in Washington, DC

Updated Aug 19, 2014
Updated Aug 19, 2014
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    MCDP Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Applied online via employee referral in March. 2 months later I received an email for a phone screening (Late May) I then had 2 phone case interviews in early July, followed by a final round interview in late July.

    Phone Screening was 30 minutes with a recruiter. Started with telling a little about myself. Then I asked her questions. She was going to ask me questions too, but our conversation went long and we didn't have time.

    Despite my resume listing me being in the Washington DC area, they repeatedly thought I was in Texas (state of my alma mater), so my 2 preliminary case interviews were over the phone. You get a confirmation email for the two of them listing the interviewer's name and position. They both were one hour (never more!). The interviewer introduced herself, asked a couple common behavioral questions and then did the case. Following the case you get to ask the interviewer whatever questions you have (time permitting). Accenture policy is to not offer feedback/how you could improve at any point in the interview process.

    I got an email the day following my second first round case interview from my recruiter saying I made the final round and that she got good feedback from the interviewers.

    Final round interview was at Accenture's office in Arlington. I went in with a cohort of 5 other applicants. First we had a presentation with consultants hired within the past 3 years about the company, benefits and the MCDP.

    Then we went in pairs of two, one of us would do the case interview while the other would do the behavioral/fit interview. After 45 minutes, brief water break and switch.

    They got back to us the next week with whether or not we got it.

    Interview Questions
    • All three cases were business cases (no strictly quantitative). I (naively) did minimal case preparation. I did not find any of the cases difficult, but would have fared better had I more known what is expected in case interviews. The final interview had some simple math.

      In order of interview progression, they were:
      1) Pharmaceutical's patent on drug accounting for 25% of their revenue expiring at year's end. How to maximize that drug's profit in last year and cut costs going forward.
      2) Company having trouble hiring, keeping certain employees, develop data driven program to evaluate how to better hire and retain these employees.
      3) USPS is considering cutting delivery down to 4 days. Wants to know if would save money and what changes they'd have to anticipate.

      At the end of each case they ask you to concisely present your findings (as if in a real business scenario).
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Cyber Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Accenture in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    Accenture has 5 portions of the interview process. First step was a call from a general HR member. Discussed portions of the resume, why you are thinking of leaving your current position. Second was a behavioral based on the STAR process. Phone interview lasted 30 minutes with one individual. Third step was a conversation with a manager in the department discussing what the job would be, how you would fit in.

    Interview Questions
    • Basic information to describe how you picked undergrad school, how you choose undergrad school, how you choose grad school, and how you enjoy living in your current area.   Answer Question
    • Tell them about a recent situation you had to work long and very hard. What were the end results.   Answer Question
    • Describe recent event that you disagreed with someone above you. How did you act and was it resolved.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Entry Level Tech Consulting Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Accenture in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    The first round was a simple screening interview. Just basically me walking through my resume. 2nd interview was long one hour to be exact. Its a situational interview where i was asked about 4 "tell me about a time when" questions. It wasn't that hard to me but just be sure to be able to elaborate on any experience that you've had thats job related. They will ask many sub questions about your experience like "why did you do that?", "how did you feel?", "were you successful? ", etc. 3Rd interview is the last and final which is an in person interview. They have you sit in a 2 hour presentation about accenture.then you have two back to back 45minute interview with two senior managers.

    Interview Questions
    • Have i ever had to do a project independent study or by myself?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Associate Software Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Accenture in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    The whole process was very fast and professional. In total, from when I applied and got interviewed and feedback was about 2 weeks.

    They give you a 40 question aptitude test to do after like an hour long phone interview. And then they bring you on-site if you pass to do a 1:1 interview for technical skills and also behavioral

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you had a less than cooperative team member and what did you do about it? what was the result?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Systems Integration Consultant Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Accenture in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied online for an entry level Management consulting position. I have an MBA and three years of finance experience. An HR rep contacted me approximately 3 weeks later asking if I would be interested in a position in Systems Integration despite the fact that I have no technology background. I responded, "Yes of course, I can learn anything I put my mind to." True statement.

    1st Interview:
    A week later, I was contacted by HR for a phone screening; you go over your resume, etc. They are just trying to make sure you are who you say you are.

    2nd Interview:
    About 5 days later I had a 30-45 min phone interview with Senior Exec. I found that this was very scripted and really easy if you prepare. RESEARCH the person that is interviewing you! Make a personal connection, build rapport, find commonalities... they will like you and remember you. From my experience, this will be your (only) time to sell yourself and brag about your accomplishments. Review the questions on Glassdoor that are already listed. Each question I was given was on this site.

    3rd Interview:
    Finally, 4 months after my initial HR screening, Accenture flew me to DC and put me in a hotel. The final round started at 8:30am and there were about 15 other candidates in my group. We stared with a 1 hr. presentation with consultants (very laid back), followed by two 1hr back-to-back interviews with manager/sr. exec. To be honest, the last two interviews completely caught me off-guard; these interviews are simply a conversation, I was hardly asked anything. The first guy didn’t know my background or anything about me. Compared to previous interviews, I was not impressed in the slightest. I left feeling disappointed that I wasn't "drilled" as hard as I would have liked; difficult questions give you your time to shine!
    So again, do your RESEARCH. Come prepared with many (intelligent) questions to ask, know what the senior exec's do on a daily basis, even look into which specific projects they are currently working on, they will be impressed! Just simply be able to hold a meaningful conversation. LISTEN to them and be able to provide thoughtful, clever, and quick feedback. Shoot, stroke their egos… all you have to do is get them to like you! They are only testing your interpersonal and communication skills.

    Review:
    After the final interview I flew home the same day (Thursday), emailed my recruiter to thank her, and asked when I would hear back. I was told either Friday or Monday. So I waited, waited, sent another email on Wednesday (I had another offer pending) and then finally was contacted on Thursday with the news that Accenture would not be able to hire me due to my LACK of TECHNICAL experience. Irritating? Very much so. The fact that I took time from my current job and studies to curtail to this unorganized interview process and fly to DC for such a response, or lack there of. Thankfully I had already accepted the other position before I received Accenture’s call.

    So kids, there is my story, good luck! Accenture is a very good company to work for, just not for me or for my career path. Remember: research, study, and listen. If Accenture has come to you, your career/school accomplishments have already spoken for themselves; the goal now is to get them to like you!

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time....

      All teamwork and leadership based questions.
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Finance Analyst Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Accenture in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    All the recruiters are very loving and are prepare to help you if any doubt about the job

    1. Phone Interview
    2. Phone Interview but very deep with situational questions

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Client Financial Management Analyst Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Accenture in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    1. Contacted an employee in the company to refer me
    2. Recruiter called to ask which positions I wanted to apply for
    3. Another recruiter called to match my resume skills to the job description
    4. Hiring manager called and conducted a situational-based interview. The questions were simple i.e. Name a time you had to deal with a difficult classmate, have you ever been in a project with a tight deadline
    5. Flew to DC on my own dime to have a interview with an analyst, specialist, and manager in the duration of 3 hours.

    Interview Questions
    • You have $10 million dollars in expenses. You're halfway into a project and the profit margin decreases 5%. What are some managerial actions you would take to remedy the project?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Client Financial Management Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Contacted almost immediately after applying for the position. Spoke briefly with a general recruiter (that reviewed applications) who then assigned me to my "official" recruiter. My official recruiter contacted me via email and set up a phone interview with a specific employee. It was stated in the confirmation that it would be a behavioral interview. Behavioral interview was about 45 minutes long. Typical behavioral interview questions- nothing to be overly concerned about. Just be prepared for the usual. Recruiter contacted me again stating I had been selected for an in person interview in the Arlington office. My interview was scheduled for 1230 in Arlington. I was there from 1230-430. (Four 1 hour interviews) First interview- overview of the position. Second interview- starting to get into skills, review of the position. Third interview- some behavioral, skill questions. Fourth interview- Overview of everything stated, questions about experience, etc.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you have any experience with budgets and/ or forecasting?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    IT Analyst Interview

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

    The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Accenture in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by a recruiter within a week of applying to their position online. They asked me general background, experience and personality questions and discussed the next steps in the process: 3 more phone interviews -- a skill one, a behavioral one, and a web conference.

    The skills interview was scheduled very quickly after the initial interview, however, it was on a late Monday and I had a bad feeling about it, because generally Mondays are stressful and I didn't want to be interviewed after someone had a bad day. I had good reason to be worried. The person who called me for the skill interview had not even looked at my resume (he was surprised that I had a certification in a field that they were interviewing me for and it was the basis for the interview itself). So naturally, he didn't ask me any questions about my 3 year experience in this area. Instead, he shot 3 quick scenario questions at me, to which I replied trying to give him real-life examples that I've had that closely resembled his scenario. He didn't like my answers and kept asking me to paraphrase them, so they fit whatever answer sheet he seems to have printed. He didn't seem to be a good subject matter expert, either, because he kept confusing key terminology and it seemed that he had printed questions/answers from somewhere and was trying to get an answer that is exactly as it appeared in front of him. We ended with me asking him a couple of questions, but seeing his abrupt and one-word answers, I got the feeling that he will not be recommending that I get hired, anyway, so I left it at that.

    Accenture is a good company, but it would be nice that the people who conduct interviews at least read the applicants resume or be interested in their experience. I don't think I will be getting an offer from them, but am pursuing other endeavors.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you go about implementing a new service for a company with 6 offices and 1000 employees?   View Answers (3)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Systems Integration Consulting Analyst Interview

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

    The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Accenture in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    First interview was very straight forward - asked to describe my activities in the last four years, why I wanted to go into the business world with an engineering degree, why Accenture, etc...
    Second interview was also fairly straight forward - set up a phone interview with a senior exec on the HR team to talk about different situations and how I handled them.
    Received confirmation of third round in office interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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