Very Easy Interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Capco in December 2013.
Interview Details – I applied through an internal employee. The HR rep called me within a week to setup an interview night session with four of the interviewers. The initial process could have been smooth but there were few hiccups. Read below to know more.
Interview Question – None. They asked mostly behavioral questions. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Capco.
Interview Details – I was contacted by HR via email. I went to the "ATP interview night". I talked to 4 different consultants. Most of the questions were very general like why do you want to work here, why management consulting, walk me through your resume, etc...
Interview Question – How would you find the weight of an elephant without a scale? Answer Question
I interviewed at Capco in May 2012.
Interview Details – First round began with 12 of us in a room for introductions. We then split off into 3 separate interviews where we were asked about resumes, experience, and questions like, "tell me about something interested that not many other people know about." I was invited back for a second round with the team I would be working with, but didn't make the cut. Second interview consisted of being grilled on tiny details in resume and asking for extra detail each time.
Interview Question – "Why" in relations to most of my answers in the second interview caught my offguard Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Capco in February 2013.
Interview Details – First process is HR phone screen with pretty standard questions about resume, day to day, challenges faced, team dynamics questions etc. the phone interview last around 30 mins and the last question would be about expected salary. They give a pretty low rage with a take it or leave it scenario at the very end.
The Second round is face to face interviews with a few senior consultants and one partner. The whole process lasts a few hours. Questions include walk of the resume, knowledge abut capital markets, team dynamics, presentation skills etc.
The third round is an all day even that takes place during the weekend. All the candidates are put into groups and are assigned group activities like preparing a deck of slides of a pretend client and doing project management functions. You will then be faced with an 'unexpected' twist during the exercise which you will have to creatively solve with you team mates. Be prepared to come up with innovative ideas and solutions.
Interview Question – No difficult questions. Brush up on Capital Markets and be prepared to think creatively on your feet Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Capco in May 2012.
Interview Details – 4 back to back interviews with HR/HC and 2 of them were no shows. This is really all you need to know. If you want to know more, read on. It was one of the most slapshot recruiting function 've ever seen. Reviews usually don't lie, read the others. If you want mine, from an HR/Talent Management/Human Capital practitioner of 20 years, read on...
My first impression when I came into the NYC office--A big black and white light box wall of Partner’s faces (mostly white males, imagine that, probably from Bearing Point or Accenture) that you can’t miss. I personally found it to be arrogant, pretentious, frankly preposterous posturing (and telling). Now, if you would have showed me a wall of the worker and doobee’s THAT would be a different story. A company is no stronger that the value of its COLLECTION of people who are actually doing the work. Now that would have been a wall to be proud of
The RM was my 1st contact and made an awful impression, set the tone for a desire to leave early. She proceeded to speak about image, look and feel--despite my mention of “stark”--then some revamping of website and décor or something like that. OK, lovely, who cares, (this wasn’t small talk mind you, I was being pitched and sold on company image, all the while she was telling me that’s not how they do things there--i.e., used care salesmenship--she brought it up, not I).
But this went on. And on. And despite me having mentioned I knew there was a rebranding and marketing strategy recently implemented in 2012 (a factoid she did NOT know) and that I noticed a theme of white and clean lines between the office furniture and the website. I had no idea what else to say. We had a mere 35 minutes to get done what we needed to get done, now down to 25 or less, and were quickly running out of time while she continued to run through her own resume.
I’d had exposure to 3 people with recruiting backgrounds (1 was a last minute fill-in for the Hiring Manager out sick--why do you plunk a recruiter into an HM interview???) and only one one person had any more idea of what could do, did, or the kind of value I could add to the operations than they did when I walked in the door because a.) I know my resumes were not reviewed, b.) no one really asked about my experience, my jobs and specifically what roles I played, c.) no one could have effectively assessed my performance because there was no structure and foundation of collecting info except some scribbled notes in the white space margins. Plus of course, they only conducted 2 of the 4 back to back interviews--#2 was like I said out sick, #4 got canceled due to "other emergency priorities". Great way to respect a potential job candidates time!!!!!
I heard the phrase and I quote: “We don’t have trouble attracting talent, we have trouble keeping it.” And guess what? NO kidding!! And that there would be a significant emphasis, placed on the ability to effectively assess and measure retention and exit. No wonder the retention process is broken—the upfront process in the talent cycle is broken, waning, ineffective and moot. And when the hiring process isn't utilizing best practices, there can and will, BE no succession and retention.
Despite the marketing and pitch antics, there is no seeming or apparent infrastructure on which to base the value. So that makes it a seeming shell, a hack, a farce, supposed growth with no strategic HR direction, adding employees and engagement based revenue increases, and profit growth don’t mean anything if they are not scalable and sustainable. I didn't get the impression that there was any strategic HR or consulting project staffing function whatsoever. And, it actually looks like the entire floor could pack up and move out in the middle of the night (Boiler Room?). There's no privacy and the work "stations" are super spartan--its easy to tell they have employed the hoteling system.
If you can’t get it right in house, how in the world are you consulting? The TA process need strategic and tactical direction: systematic but flexible, standardized, structured, objective, valid, reliable, competency and metrics based integration that adheres to the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures.
Build it, they will come. And stay. Fix that, everything else will follow.
Interview Question – What did you think when you walked in the office door?
How do you feel about the lobby air (aesthetics)
Where did you get your company research info (and after that some weird tangent rant about glassdoor reviews; mind you I got my BI from a trusted resource in the FS industry) View Answer
I applied through college or university - interviewed at Capco in March 2013.
Interview Details – I applied through my school's careers website and received an on-campus interview. The questions were mostly about my resume and experience, as well as several behavioral questions - Tell me about a time you had to deal with ambiguity. Tell me about a time you led a time. Pretty much all of the questions were pretty standard.
Interview Question – Nothing out of the ordinary. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Capco in March 2013.
Interview Details – I applied through my college. The first interview was pretty funny - no questions about finance or my skillset at all. It was basically a conversation with the recruiter. The second round interviews were 4 back to back interviews with various analysts/consultants in the firm. Typical questions like what have you read in the news lately, describe financial crisis basically things that you should have read up on.
Overall, the process was pretty straightforward, everyone was nice. communications were fast.
Interview Question – Explain a difficult economic concept in a high level manner Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Capco in February 2013.
Interview Details – I went through two rounds of interview. First round is a telephone interview. The Hr lady who conducted interview rescheduled it several times. In fact twice she did it a minute before the interview was supposed to take place. The second round of interview was in the office. I had four interviewer back to back. Two were from HR and other two were consultants. The questions asked were mostly behavioral. The interviewers were great however they seemed unprepared as they hadn't even skim through my resume before interviewing me.
We were told that we would be given the contact information of the interviewer at the end of the day. However she forgot to do so and when i emailed her about it she sent me the email id of some other employee who hadn't conducted my interview! We were also told that the third round of interview would be conducted two months down the line!
Overall, I found the whole process to be extremely unprofessional and haphazard. Considering the emphasis they claim to place on meritocracy, I guess they skip that when it comes to HR employees.
Interview Question – How do you handle a conflict within a team? Answer Question
Interviewed at Capco
Interview Details – apply online. contacted with a terrible HR. she forgot to reach out to me twice. she is really very impatient. I am senior student. she asks me some silly questions: what's your plan after your graduate; do you apply for your OPT? (I am an international student, I explain to her that I can only apply for OPT three month before I start to work, I did not have job offers currently, therefore, I did not apply..) Maybe she is really very busy and did not left any time for me to ask questions—the worst HR I've ever known....
Interview Question – easy ,all Answer Question
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