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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Waltham, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Waltham, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at PRTM Management.

    Interview Details

    Interview was very cordial - more focused around fit than anything else. I went through 5-7 rounds of interviews with different levels of staff.

    Interview Questions
    • There was a lot of focus on what experience I already had even though I was just coming out of undergraduate.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Not much of a negotiation...had some leeway around an advance on my salary, office choice, and start date, otherwise things were largely fixed.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at PRTM Management in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    Submitted electronically via their webpage for SES (Services, Electronics and Software) Group. Heard back after a few weeks and was scheduled for a phone interview with a Partner the following week. Phone interview covers description of work experience and personal background, then some time for questions. On-site interview is a half-day affair consists of four 1:1 interviews with Partners. Again, nothing tricky; just make sure your reasoning is solid, and you're clear and articulate. Plenty of time to ask questions at the end.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at PRTM Management in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    There were 4 interviews with the four partners of the CRC group. They are looking for two things : if you are really interested in working for the firm, and if you can make partner. They are interested in candidates who have deep experience in the industry groups with the above said qualities.

    Interview Questions
    • how to deal with a client who is not interested in what you are trying to implement.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They low balled me initially but I was from a Non MBA program of a top school so they negotiated a market rate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at PRTM Management in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    I got the interview through university recruiting for MBA graduates. I received the standard behavioral interview consisting of a phone interview with a manager, and introductory in person interview with a director, and final round of one on one interviews with 4 different directors. The leadership that interviewed me seemed on top of their game. They knew the in and outs of their market and capability. Present great insight into how the company worked, and the entire process was very straight forward. Interview process felt like a good use of time unlike other interview I've been on. Discuss focused mostly on my growth and personal passions.

    Interview Questions
    • Can you describe the best project you worked on and what did you do on the project?   Answer Question
    • Can you describe how you overcame an obstacle?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at PRTM Management in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    Fairly straightforward and much, much easier than most management consulting firms. No case interviews, no trick questions, no apparent considerations regarding fit. The recruiter was fairly informal and the phone screen was disorganized. The first round involved a series of in-person interviews and the decision round was roughly the same. Offer was given by telephone later the same day as the decision round. It seems that there is no competition during these interviews, so it is possible that all candidates invited back for the final round will receive offers.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Yes, but the firm is more concerned with finding candidates who are willing to accept what they offer than negotiating to retain better-qualified candidates. Recent MBA grads will be offered Associate 0 and can easily negotiate to Associate 1 (about $5-10K). It's possible that the firm will low-ball an unsuspecting MBA with an AE offer, but this position is usually reserved for Consultants promoted to Associate, but in a relatively terminal capacity. Either way, this is very much the "safety school" of the top consulting firms.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Consultant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at PRTM Management in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    The initial communication began with an email about a phone interview with a director at the firm. Immediately after, an email was sent about a second round interview that took place a few weeks later. The final round of interviews consisted of 4 one-on-one interviews with Directors and Principals. Overall, the process was simple and straighforward. Everyone I interviewed with was extremely friendly and helpful.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were typical behavioral questions that one could expect in an interview.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at PRTM Management in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    Brief phone screen followed by a 1/2 day interview session at the Waltham office. Rotated with 3 others candidates speaking with 4 different partners. Went by really fast and the questions that they asked were very straight forward and the interviewers were very knowledgeable. As an experienced candidate I assumed that they did not bother with the trick questions and the case study type questions, they were more interested in my work experience and what I had accomplished. Very good experience interviewing with this group.

    Interview Questions
    • They asked about accomplishments and wanted them quantified.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    They offered me a position but I declined - I decided the life of a consultant was not for me. The salary was good but similar to an industry position that provides a better work/life balance i.e. less travel.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Associate Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at PRTM Management in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    STAR method - Situation, task, action and result style. By STAR method, I mean they ask your questions about past problems and how you resolved them. What was the problem and what was your task, action and the result that you helped get to.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I negotiated start date.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at PRTM Management in October 2007.

    Interview Details

    After submitting my resume to their online website, I heard back not too long after from HR. Maybe a few weeks. I was extended a first round interview by phone with a Principle. You need to be prepared to talk about why you are leaving your old firm, why PRTM, and why you are a fit per the resume you submitted. It's all about fit and relevant experience. If you want to work at PRTM, you must show that you have operational experience and a real interest in the area. Operations pertaining to process improvement, supply chain, etc. Look at the website to look at PRTM's specialties.

    After this, I heard back about a week or two later regarding final round interviews on-site. It was a half day process where I interviewed with four Directors back to back. I prepared a lot for this. Read all you can about the company, the Insight magazine it publishes, the people you'll be interviewing with, etc. Come up with relevant questions because every Director will give an opportunity at the end of the conversation to ask. The first two interviews really concentrated around my experience and resume. They asked very specific questions around how you handle issues, strengths, weaknesses, teamwork, and leadership. Specifically, they took one of my project experiences and told me how to handle a problem they came up with so be sure to know your background inside and out. Where they see operations experience is where they will ask you very detailed questions. In my third interview, I was asked some non-work questions. It was a bit random, was never asked such questions. For example, I was asked, "do you have any mentors and how did you acquire them?" I was asked why I want to work for PRTM and why I was leaving my old firm. By the fourth interview, the Director didn't bother to ask any questions. The two things I was asked was describe the role that I'm applying for and to spend the rest of the time asking any other questions.

    I heard back with an offer about two weeks later by phone.

    Overall, the Directors were extremely down-to-earth and laid back. They were the type of executives you would want to get to know better. The firm really cares about life-long commitment to improving the firm and hiring individuals who are dedicated to that goal. If you come from a consulting background, you'll also notice that PRTM is a very lean company. Some enterprise work will be handled by the consultants themselves. Very few people show up at the office. If they live close, they might. Even for company wide meetings not everyone joins even though it's mandatory. Though the company says they value a work-life balance they don't, so don't be fooled. You're going to work a lot of hours, have phone calls at 10PM, work weekends is expected, etc. Also, their idea of training is just "on the job." You don't learn about any kind of methodology the firm practices. Every Director has a different idea about how to run a project and come up with a solution. There is not a lot of standard procedure used. It's a bit of a mess. Also, if you're new, you'll need to really think about it. I think going to a larger firm and obtaining the right core training is better. This firm does an excellent job in giving consultants who are in their first few years in the industry a good opportunity to get involved in growing the company and preparing proposals for new work.

    Interview Questions
    • Unexpected question: Who is your mentor and how did you acquire them?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Yes I was able to negotiate. Be prepared to say why you deserve more. Perhaps writing out something to send to the company for review would be beneficial.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore (India)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at PRTM Management in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    nothing...it was simplest process in the world....no case interviews ...just general chit chat....you dont expect an interview from a good consulting firm to be such a cakewalk... ..just know why you were there ...what are your plans ...and where do you want to go in 5 years ...

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Nothing
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

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