Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Consultant Interview Questions

Updated Sep 3, 2014
Updated Sep 3, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Fort Riley, KS
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fort Riley, KS
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton.

    Interview Details

    The interview process is strange, but thorough. I met with all of the people who would later be in my supervisory chain. The process went fairly quickly (about three and a half weeks), although I suspect they were desperate to hire me because (as I found out later) the last two or three people they'd made offers to had pulled out and they couldn't provide the services they were contracted for.

    I don't have a lot more to offer on it, but I will say that they will throw in very bizarre questions or comments in the interviews to see how you react. Occasionally this will involve them throwing in an outright lie to gauge your response. I didn't care for that and found it unprofessional and pointless. I can say this about my interview...they didn't hide what my supervisor was going to be like before I took the job.

    Their salary negotiation wasn't bad. They get you to set a ceiling on what you'll accept (aim high, but not much above market because they're cost-conscious these days and will disqualify people immediately for that). They'll also try and get you to negotiate against yourself on salary. Once you state what you want to make, don't bid against yourself...wait for them to make a counter. Took me a couple of days to get mine (they came in a few thousand under)...I gave them a counter of $1000 less than what I initially asked for and they made me wait a week before agreeing to it.

    I would say the process was odd, but not particularly daunting. And they handled it fairly quickly, which I respected.

    Interview Questions
    • They presented it to me them finding some "troubling" information in my background check, with no clarification, and asked me to expand on it and explain. I told them that to my knowledge there was no problem with my background and that if they wanted an explanation they should tell me what they're talking about. They never brought it up again...I suspect it was just a question designed to rattle my cage to see what happened.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I listed what I wanted, they tried to get me to bid against myself, they presented a low counter, I came back with a thousand less than my initial request, they let me wait a week, then sent an offer. Overall, not too bad...I got what I needed from it and the salary negotiation was professional.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Consultant Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    Was approached by a number of recruiters who seemed to be unaware of each other, from different parts of Booz. I picked one, and engaged them. They referred me to a number of project leaders. We had good conversations/phone interviews. I wasn't really asked any technical 'quiz' style questions besides chatting about my old projects and skills. After a week or two, the recruiter said the responses from my 'interviews' were all very positive and they were going to make me an offer. I'm not sure if they were confused and thought I had already come in for an in-person interview or more in-depth technical interview, but whatever. I wasn't going to look a gift horse in the mouth.

    Anyway, kind of disorganized, but I wasn't really in a rush or particular, and it turned out well for me.

    Interview Questions
    • What are some projects you worked on? What technologies did you use?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They seemed willing to go higher and 'work with me', as most recruiters will say. But, they convinced me to go with a higher signing bonus and less salary, as a higher salary (90k or above) would make me 'less marketable' in the company. Who knows if it was the truth.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Senior Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Linthicum, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Linthicum, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 days - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    My resume was submitted to them by an employee and I received a phone call within 24 hours. I was brought to a interview fair and was grilled heavily on the technical questions. I was brought to a private room and away from the hordes of people once I passed the technical potion of the interview.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I asked for $80K and they came back at me with $85K. I can't complain, they were very fair and didn't take advantage of a young guy who was new to the market.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Consultant Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    One phone interview with HR and then invited to McLean to meet Senior Associates. Interview questions were mix of behavioral and case.

    Interview Questions
    • They will sometimes ask really off the wall questions. (What product would you develop to market if we lived in a gravity-less environment?)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    A couple of rounds of salary negotiations. They really like to bid low compared to other firms.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management Consulting Senior Consultant Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    A few months ago I was approached by a BAH HR recruiter via e-mail. She set up a phone interview which took place about a week later. The phone interview was more or less a screening and she assessed whether my personal background was relevant to consulting. The skills I chose to mostly talk about were providing support in implementing new programs and business process models.

    The BAH HR recruiter then sent me a date to meet face to face for interviews at the McLean HQ in VA. The face to face interview went like this. 1st there was a 30 minute orientation where it was a sort of question answer between a presenter and a group of four of us who were there for interviews. Once that was over, we were escorted to smaller rooms for individual face to face interviews. I had 3 face to face interviews which each lasted 30 minutes, with 3 lead associates. These lead associates asked questions mostly based off my resume. I again highlighted my previous government contracting experience and gave precise numbers on my dollar impact on projects. The majority of each of my 30 minute interviews was interpersonal banter, they were interested mostly in me as an individual and wanted to know if I was a "go getter".

    The interviewers liked to underline work-life balance, and the usual "work hard, play hard". They seemed more interested in seeing if I would be a good fit and team player.

    After the interview, which took place on a Friday afternoon, I received a phone call on Monday with a preliminary offer saying "the interviewers have recommended you for hire and we'd like to see if you are still interested." After this about a week later they provided me an offer letter, I negotiated since I had another offer from another company. They met my requirements and I accepted.

    Once I signed, they sent the clearance papers and once that transferred over (two weeks later,) I was set up with a start date, a career manager, and schedule for the "Firm Wide Orientation" where all BAH employees have to attend to get the introduction to BAH. This is potentially the long wait because you'll have to wait until the next Orientation Date to start. Wherever you are working you are flown in for this experience. I haven't experienced this kind of orientation before and its interesting that BAH goes to these lengths to ensure new-hires have a standardized initial experience.

    Interview Questions
    • "What else can you tell me that would make me interested in hiring you?"   View Answers (3)
    Negotiation Details
    They initially sent an offer right smack dab in the middle of my salary range, I negotiated it up closer to the highest end of the range and once they offered it at my requested level, I signed the dotted line. It was easy enough. It helped that I had another company giving me an offer at the same time.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Senior Consultant Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by a recruiter regarding a hiring event they were having at HQ in McLean. Interview started with all the candidates (about 25) in a conference room, not all the candidates were being interview for the same position. A senior Booz employee came in and gave a testimony of his experience at Booz and also answered any questions we may have about the firm. We then broke up and they took us into another room with a bunch of tables. We each sat at a table and then went through three one-on-one 30 minute interview sessions. Questions were mostly about the experience listed on my resume. Some behavioral questions and questions about my interests as well. After the interview sessions, we were checked out by one of the recruiters and told that we would hear back from them soon.

    Interview Questions
    • In the next five years, what do you think government customers will be asking for in regards to technology?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Senior Consultant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    NB: I was hired during BAH's TakeShare program. This program was limited to the 2009-2010 period, when Booz Allen hired aggressively to acquire talent. The reasoning was that the recession created an excess of talent in the market, and BAH was in a strong place financially.

    - each applicant seated in large room at own small table - applicant's namecard on table
    - three to five individuals or teams came by in half-hour increments for interviews - total time two hours
    - afterwards, a presentation from a recruiter on the firm's benefits structure: vacation, holidays, incentives, training, ECAP (Employee Capital Accumulation Program - essentially 10% of base salary deposited in asset program - full vesting after six years with BAH)

    Interview Questions
    • Behavioral Questions - e.g. "Tell me about an interpersonal conflict between yourself and a team member or among other team members. How did you work through the conflict?"   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I had two other offers at the time, and BAH offered the highest salary and most-comprehensive benefits, so I had no real reason to negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Senior Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Linthicum Heights, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Linthicum Heights, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in May 2009.

    Interview Details

    The hiring and interview process is straight forward. You create an account online and then submit your resume for jobs. I started as an intern during college and was made a full-time offer at the conclusion of my internship.

    The interview process is very straight forward. If you are applying for technical position then be prepared to answer standard coding/language questions and be prepared to defend the knowledge you claim on your resume.

    They offer GREAT relocation benefits - the budget for a Senior Consultant is $10k but they will cover ALL costs of moving if you are a new hire.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Senior Consultant Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    It was like speed dating... I did not like it, but I still got hired

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Senior Consultant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was pretty straightforward. I applied online via BAH's career website and a recruiter called me a couple of days later to schedule a writing assessment and an in-person interview (round robin style). For the writing assessment, I was sent three scenarios and given an hour to choose one and write/complete it. The scenarios included writing an executive summary, a written statement from an acting administrator and a product / website statement. During the round robin interview, I sat in a room with three other candidates and spoke with three interviewers for 30 minutes each -- one covered questions related to technical expertise, consulting experience and leadership. The majority of questions were behavioral (e.g., what would you do if...? if you had a teammate who was falling short, what would you do...?).

    Interview Questions
    • They were all pretty straightforward, just be prepared to give examples/case studies. Also speak about collaboration in a matrixed setting, leadership and experience leading teams/people.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The offer was fair but I asked for 5k more. They couldn't budge but to be honest, I was ok with their first offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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