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Communications Consultant Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
McLean, VA

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in October 2012.

Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiter about a month after I submitted my application online and she set up a time to do a phone interview the following week. During the phone interview she asked me about my background and experiences and ended by inviting me to an onsite interview and asking what my desired salary was.

Prior to the interview I had to complete a timed writing assessment and fill out an extensive application/credit report & background check disclosure form (this is in addition to the application I had already completed on the BAH site)

When I arrived at the on-site interview the next week there were three other people being interviewed. We all had similar backgrounds and while HR told us that we were not interviewing for the same position I am pretty sure that we were as we all had applied to same posting. After a quick overview of the company and benefits I was ushered into a room by myself (it was very tiny and windowless with a phone on a small table and 2 chairs). I then had one person come in and interview me looking for consulting skills, the next was looking for my functional skills and the third and final interview was looking for leadership qualities.

I was told it would be about a week before I heard back and 1.5 weeks later the recruiter called to let me know that they had not made a decision. Finally, about 3 weeks to a month after my interview she called to let me know that I would not be "continuing on in the process". After the interview the other interviewees and I had exchanged information and none of them were offered the position either. BAH did not offer any feedback as to why I was not a good fit for the position (or if they decided to not hire at all).

Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in 10 years?   View Answer

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Communications Specialist Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
McLean, VA

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in September 2012.

Interview Details – Got a call from a recruiter after applying to a few jobs online. Talked with her for about 30 mins on my experience and what I'm looking for at Booz. Set up an interview for a few weeks later. Completed a writing assessment a week before the interview as well. Its one hour timed with limited information so prep to be generic as possible. It was a round robin style interview. Talked with 3 different people for 30 min a piece. Asked mainly communication questions and not so much about Booz and its culture. I found it quite funny how they preach diversity but the only "diverse" people I saw there were security and not any Booz employees.

Interview Question – I stumped the interviewer with "What skills do you think I dont have now and would need for this position?"   Answer Question

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Strategic Communication Mid Level Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Washington, DC

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in September 2011.

Interview Details – My first interview was by phone with a recruiter and they called me in for a second interview. Thanks to reading reviews here, I was prepared for the speed-dating style which was pleasant and went well. Still haven't heard anything, but I've been told it can take several weeks.

Interview Question – Describe a difficult circumstance you faced and tell me how you handled it.   View Answer

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Strategic Communications Consultant Interview

Anonymous Employee
McLean, VA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in August 2011.

Interview Details – You start w/a basic phone screening that asked about your background, skills and interests. Next, you complete a timed one-hour writing assessment. You're able to select one out of about 5 scenarios. The in-person consisted of 3 30 min interviews assessing leadership, consulting and functional skills.

Interview Question – The only questions I had difficulty answering were scenarios that I just did not have experience in.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I gladly accepted what they offered.

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Communications Project Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Washington, DC

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in August 2011.

Interview Details – Two phone interviews with the recruiter, one with the client. Had to submit one writing sample. The interviews with the recruiter were much more laid back than with the client, naturally. The interview with the client was over the phone with more than one person. It was slightly disorganized but overall ok.

Interview Question – If a client is very demanding and can't prioritize and gives you 5 things to do, all high level priority and all do at the same time, what do you do?   View Answer

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Communications Consultant Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
McLean, VA

The process took 2 days - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in April 2010.

Interview Details – The interview process was very similar to speed dating. Probably 20-30 candidates in one room each sitting at their own table. The interviewers would rotate from each table to talk with each candidate. It took maybe 3 hours. This was all after a phone interview to qualify for this round.

Interview Question – Mostly all communication skills specific   Answer Question

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Strategic Communications Senior Consultant Interview

Anonymous Employee
McLean, VA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in February 2011.

Interview Details – phone screening with the recruiter, 1-hour writing test at home, and an in-person "speed dating" interview where I met with three different interviewers 30 minutes each

Interview Question – What is the role of the government as a market? How would you say it impacts small business?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I gave them a number higher than the offer originally given, HR got back to me and said the offer stood as is. In the initial phone screening they pressed me to give a salary requirement - try to avoid giving a number so early in the process

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Marketing Communications Strategist Interview

Marketing Communications Strategist
McLean, VA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in September 2010.

Interview Details – Very formal interview process, round-robin where you are in a room with approx. 12 other candidates. Each interviewer comes to your table for a 30 minute interview. They were not as well organized as I would have expected. The first interview I was there with the wrong group. The second interview we wandered around the building looking for the rooms where the interviews were to take place. The recruiter was generally polite and professional but had a condescending attitude and you got the feeling there were other things she would rather be attending to at the moment. I suppose I didn't fit what they were looking for, and that's ok, but I was not left with a very favorable impression of the company.

Interview Question – Nothing unusual - very typical conversation about background, experience, what key traits contributed to your success. Behavioral-based interviewing technique.   Answer Question

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Communications Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Washington, DC

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in September 2009.

Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiter to interview for a position at Booz Allen, without any prior contact or knowledge of the company. My initial interview (behavioral style) with Booz Allen went fairly well. The person interviewing me (on-campus) had no experience in my field and asked me some pretty hostile questions (for example- Does you have classes that teach you how to lie?)- I am assuming to gauge my response and behavior towards him. We covered a variety of topics and went pretty in-depth into some of my coursework to familiarize him with my field.

After this, things got a bit strange. I was invited back for another interview in DC, but the company refused to work with me on the interview date. I had a previous commitment, that unfortunately could not be broken, and the recruiter wouldn't even budge on the time of the interview. When I tried to rearrange my other flights (for more than $500 out of pocket) and commitment, the company recruiter simply stopped responding to my emails. I didn't even get a courtesy, "sorry we are no longer interested in you," response.

Interview Question – Do you have classes that teach you how to lie?   View Answer

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Strategic Communication Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Interview Details – There were several rounds of interviews including a interview with a recruiter, followed by lightning-round interview where you meet with 3 people for 15 minutes at a time, these people are mostly volunteers who have been with the form for at least 6 months and work in the capability you're interested in. The next interview is more like a group interview that takes place rather informally following the lighting-interviews. This is a typical style for people being recruiter by the firm through colleges and universities.

Interview Question – Think of a manger you liked in a previous job, what are 4 characteristics you thought made them a good manager? Once you answer the follow up is which 3 of those characteristics describe you/ do you poses?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I tried to negotiate but they did not budge.

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