Protiviti Technology consulting Interview Questions

Updated Mar 21, 2015
Updated Mar 21, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technology Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Protiviti in March 2015.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was very straightforward and was lax compared to other companies I've interviewed with. I had talked to a recruiter at my university's career fair and was interested in the position so I applied through my school's recruiting site and got an interview offer the day after. They asked me to send a formal application on their website to the office location I'd like to work at and wanted my official transcript mailed. We also received a diagram of a process the day before the interview in preparation for the case study. There were two interviewers and you do 1:1 with each of them (30min behavioral / 30min case interview and you switch interviewers). I did the case interview first and it was about a dysfunctional situation in a business. You get 5min to read the case and take notes (it was a 1-page case). Then, the interviewer asks you some basic questions like the causes, results of client continuing dysfunctional practices, recommendations, what kind of services can Protiviti offer to this client, etc. If you know anything about business, then these things should be very obvious. The interviewer had remembered me from the career fair (even though I hadn't talked to him and didn't think I said anything to make an impression so I was quite surprised). We ended early and had a really casual conversation that wasn't about the job at all. I guess they're really looking for a personable person since this is a client-facing position because, if you made it through to interviews then they're assured that you're smart, but are you likable is the question. For the behavioral, I prepared beforehand by looking through all of the Glassdoor interview questions and there were no surprises. They mostly ask about your teamwork experience (!), strengths, weaknesses, etc. After asking any pertinent job-related questions, I also ended up talking to this interviewer about stuff not related to the job at all (football, actually). A week later they told me that I had made it to the second round, which would be in the office location that I wanted to work at (I'm pretty sure you get your first pick since they tell you before you apply which office locations aren't accepting new people). Since it wasn't the same location that I had interviewed at in the first round, they flew me over and put me in a hotel for free. The second round was a two-day process. The first day, there was a social dinner where you meet a combination of managers and current consultants. It was optional but since they're mostly looking for a culture fit and looking to get to know you as well as giving you the opportunity to get to know the people who will interview you the next day, you get an advantage if you go. It was pretty casual though. The next day, there was a presentation by a top executive on the company culture and values; two 1:1 30min behavioral interviewers with two managers (the company is split between process consultants and technology consultants and one of these managers will be your manager); a group case interview where they give you a dysfunctional business situation and you go through possible causes, recommendations, and then create a really informal presentation; a QA panel with some recently-hired consultants; and then they end it by taking you out to lunch.

    Interview Questions
    • Round 1: Describe a situation where you've had to deal with a difficult team member, what kind of role do you usually take when you're in a group, describe your most difficult project, describe the project you feel is the most innovative/interesting, what is your proudest accomplishment, describe the most difficult thing you have had to do, describe how you deal with group members who aren't doing their share, what is a weakness of yours, why consulting/Protiviti. Case: what do you think are the biggest problems in this situation? How could they have been prevented? What recommendations do you have to offer this client? If you had to pick just one recommendation to implement, what would it be? What services can Protiviti provide for this client? How did you prepare for this interview? What could happen if the client does not follow your recommendations? Round 2: What is the difference between HTML/CSS? How can you tell that a webpage is using CSS? What is a join in SQL? What is the Internet? Describe the Internet. What made you choose your university? What do you do in your free time? Do you like traveling? Why consulting/Protiviti (again)   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Technology Risk Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Protiviti.

    Interview Details

    There were two parts- one about past experiences/behavior and the other a case study. The interviewers were very nice and likable. And each part takes about 15 mins, so 30 mins in total. I was told that I would her from them in about a week or week and a half about whether or not I would get a second interview. I believe the 2nd interview would be in the office location that you applied to.

    Interview Questions
    • There were a bunch of questions that were "explain a time when you...."   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Technology Consultant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Protiviti in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    Pretty straight forward. Reached out by a recruiter after applying online. Met at school for on campus interview first. Consisted of two interviews, one behavioral and the other a case study. Case study was very easy and straight forward as well. Second Interview was in office, with three more interviews, a sit down meeting to speak with manager, and then lunch. Giving an offer the following Monday. Took about 2 weeks to complete.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you were in a situation where your group wasn't working efficiently.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Technology Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Protiviti.

    Interview Details

    Interview process was great compared to other firms I interviewed with. Had first round interviews through University career services.

    Two 30 minute interviews: 1 behavioral and 1 case
    - They had a nice greeting team that made you feel very relaxed.

    - Behavioral: relatively straight forward. Asked questions you would expect tailored to problem solving, team work, and leadership.
    - The interviewer was very friendly and you could really be yourself while answering questions.
    - I was very relaxed and felt like I was just having a conversation with the interviewer.

    - Case Interview: Not very difficult if you can think critically and quickly. It's all about how well you solve problems and realize problems and can explain the cause and effects of solutions/issues
    - The interview was stiff when I first began the interview. I was given the case, told I had 5 minutes to read the case, and asked when I was ready. It's important that you look at everything your given before diving into the case to get an overall picture of how the case will look. Taking notes will make your life much easier and just do an info dump as you go along. I finished reading the case and writing notes within a couple minutes. I started to analyze the problems and developed solutions. I told the interviewer I was good to go before the 5 minutes was up.
    - The interviewer starting asking questions such as: what problems did I notice etc... He asked for solutions, and potential risks with not implementing solutions and leaving things how they were. In general, if you have some business sense, you will realize many of the inherent business risks associated with technology flaws. Think "bigger picture".
    - As I started answering questions, the interviewer lightened up and became friendlier. Maybe because I was saying some good stuff?
    - I was able to completely finish the case interview within 15-20 minutes so we had plenty of time for questions and general talk. The interviewer opened up a lot at this point and I asked a few questions and he seemed to really enjoy telling me the answer.

    I had a really good impression of the firm and the position after the interviews and the interviews actually made me want this position more than the other positions I applied to.

    I was invited to second round interviews and those went well.
    - These were used to get to know you better and to see if you would be a good fit with the firm. Really be yourself and if you really want the position, they will see that. Just a couple behavioral interviews, nothing too stressful or hard. Make sure to get all of your questions answered during these interviews because this is pretty much your best bet to figure out if you will like the job or not.

    I was so impressed with the second round interviews that it bumped this job and firm to the top of my list.

    It goes to show, other firms could really learn something from them about the interview process. Sure many firms have the same format/idea but it's all in the execution. Maybe it has to do something with their parent company being Robert Half International.

    Hope this was thorough enough for those who are looking now and in the future and want to prepare.

    Interview Questions
    • two different manager assign tasks to you with expected completion dates. How do you handle this situation? (not too hard but hardest I was asked)   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Technology Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I got started with the process at the career fair at my university. I spoke with the recruiter and turned in my resume. I then heard back within a week about an interview on campus with a meet and greet reception the night before. The first interview included a 30 min behavioral interview and a 30 min case study interview. Nothing too bad. A week later I heard back about a second set of interviews which included a dinner the night before and an office visit. This included 2 30 min behavioral based interviews. Overall, I had a positive experience with all of the employees at Protiviti and everything was very well organized.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you had to work with someone difficult and how did you handle it?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Technology Risk Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Started off with campus recruiting - case study which wasn't too hard but wasn't a walk in the park either, and also a behavioral interview as well. Then second round in the office there were 2 interviews. Both were just casual conversations so they could get to know you. Some random behavioral questions were thrown in, but they were more integrated into the conversation so they weren't stressful. Then there is a group presentation you give.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Technology Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hoboken, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hoboken, NJ
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    It was an on campus interview and consisted of a 30 minute case study and a 30 min behavioral interview. Both interviewers were extremely nice and made the interviews seem like just a talk.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time where you were working in a team and you had to deal with a person that didn't want to do their job. (Not exact wording)   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Technology Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Protiviti.

    Interview Details

    After applying through my school's website I was asked to come into an information session and then interviews the next day. I STRONGLY recommend coming in for the pre-interview session. The interviewees will stay and talk with you after.

    I met with 2 consultants: The first asked me to analyze a case study (These are no sweat. They forgot to email me the case study early and I was able to do it at first glance) & the second evaluated whether or not I fit in the company (Asked me what my biggest flaw was, what I do when I didn't know what to do at my prior internship, and why not the Big 4 instead).

    After passing that interview I was asked to visit the office:

    I went to lunch with another candidate (which I treated as an interview), then I met with 2 managers and a director. I was asked about my technical skills, how I handle change, how I handle idle time, and (most importantly) what I do with my free time. They really like hearing about your passion and if you don't have one, you might be in trouble. They asked me to come in another time to meet with another director who wasn't there that day... so I came back a week later to casually meet with him.

    At my final meeting I was asked "why this location?". They asked me if I wanted to work elsewhere and I said no. Job offered a few days later.

    Interview Questions
    • What are you passionate about outside of work?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Technology Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    They take 1st aptitude round the next round is technical interview and the last one is HR round.They are interested to know more about you and whether you are seriously considering the job or not

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
  11.  

    Technology Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Protiviti.

    Interview Details

    Two parts. Behavioral part and Case Interview part

    I thought the behavioral was easy, fairly straightforward questions. However, the Case interview definitely tripped me up. Mainly the fact we had to go into role-playing mode where I was giving essentially a status report to my 'boss'. I gave it my best shot, but the guy seemed a little un-interested throughout the whole process. Overall, it was alright, but definitely not great.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time where you were proud of your achievement.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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