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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Accenture in February 2014.
I applied online via their website and got a response back via email after about a week. Then I had a phone interview less than a week later. I went about the phone interview in the wrong way. It is 75% behavioral and 25% technical (case study). Don't make the same mistakes that I did -- establish a relationship with your interviewer, know his or her name, make sure to have 3-4 relevant and poignant vignettes for the standard behavioral competency questions. I could tell I goofed right off the bat and it was impossible to turn it around after that even though my case study skills and latter behavioral interview were solid. The case itself was easy and non-quantitative in nature. The interviewer seemed like he really didn't want to be doing the interview, and really emphasized on time. He also seemed pretty cold and even a little arrogant.
- What situation have you faced that you have had to show leadership? What makes for a good management consultant? What does an Accenture management consultant do, exactly? Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Accenture (London, England (UK)) in September 2015.
I applied from London, UK. The process took about a month overall. 1. Application Form : It's fairly straightforward but my top tip would be not to get overwhelmed by the word limit. There's a 3000 character limit (roughly 750 words) but most of my answers were 1500-2000 characters. (around 300-350 words maximum) 2. Phone interview : Took about 45 minutes. Competency questions were regarding working with a difficult person, a situation where you went above and beyond what was expected, and a situation where you worked without much guidance. Followed by detailed questions on Accenture, and how it uses technology (make sure to have case studies and not just the most obvious ones from the website). You are also required to be able to list their main competitors. 3. Assessment Centre : It was a friendly, welcoming environment. There were only 7 people on the day of my AC and all of us kind of got along, which was nice as well. We also had access to current Analysts and got to ask them questions about the job and about working at Accenture. -The individual exercise is stressful because of the time limit but remember, the aim is not to go through all the data but to be able to summarize it effectively. There are 5 questions and think about what those questions ask and the kinds of graphs that can help answer them - and go through only those. -The group exercise: You are given a situatioon and a set of solutions. As a team you have to go through and pick 4 solutions. Management of time is really important. And really think about why you are picking each solution, the compromises you may or may not be making, and the pros and cons of each. - 1:1 Interview : Most of this interview revolves around the group exercise, how you think it went, your contribution to the group, the solutions you chose and why you chose them. You are also given new solutions and will have to make a decision then and there on which one you want to incorporate. This is followed up by questions on why Accenture, why consulting, what you hope to gain from Accenture and then followed up by some competency questions. I had a situation where you had to problem-solve creatively, a situation where things didnt go quite your way and how you adapted to it. I was also asked about what skills I could bring to the position, and asked to describe a situation where I used one of these skills. It was a casual, fairly relaxed interview with just one manager. OVERALL : Research Accenture well - know WHY you are applying there, think about projects that you can connect with and relate to your background, however unrelated it may be/seem. And, use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) method when answering competency questions. Finally, try to plug in your interest/skills in technology in some way or another : that is their primary focus and they are keen to hire people that can demonstrate that.
- Can you tell me about a situation when you had to problem solve creatively Answer Question
- Can you tell me about a situation when you had to adapt; when things didnt quite go your way Answer Question
- What skills do you think you can bring to the position? Can you tell me about a situation when you used one of those skills Answer Question
- Can you tell me about a situation when you had to accomplish a task without much guidance Answer Question
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The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at Accenture (London, England (UK)).
Overall the process was quite short. Took me in total 1 month. First part being the online application. There are a few questions which tests your understanding of their business and your interest in consulting. Make use of their website The second part is the phone interview. Divided into 3 parts: 1) about the company, clients, what they do. 2) competency questions like "tell me a time", "strength/weakness" 3) mini case study. Mine was about a water company facing problems and how can Accenture help. Relatively straightforward. Just be attentive and the solutions itself is in the question asked The final one is the Assessment Center. It is quite a tedious half day session which is also divided into 3 parts: 1) analytical exercise - testing your focus working under pressure and going through and assimilating large amounts of data. To answer 5 questions. Stay focused and watch your time. My advice would be not to linger too long on one question. Should you be stuck, move on and come back. 2) group exercise-(2 merging banks) . 4 people in a group exercise. more on how you work in a team and get along with people. Try to be proactive. The results you achieve isn't that important, more on how you carry yourself and the discussion to achieve a solution in an organized way 3) 1 on 1 interview (30 minutes)- discussion on the group exercise and self evaluation. Also a further extension to the group exercise to come up with another solution. Tests your analytical thought process and logical decision making. Final part is a competency based interview similar to the phone exercise. Very enriching assessment center and well thought out. Just stay focused and calm.
- What skills can you bring to Accenture? Answer Question
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I applied in-person. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Accenture (London, England (UK)) in June 2015.
Initially I completed the online application. I was invited to a telephone interview soon after. This was based on standard competency questions, why Accenture? in addition to a mini-case study at the end. This stage is simple enough if you've done your homework. I was told I would obtain an outcome to my interview within 5-10 working days. I had to wait 5 weeks in total - I constantly had to go back and forth to HR who were quite frankly - useless. Eventually, from persistently ringing a number in Dublin and racking up an expensive phone bill in the process; I was told I had passed the interview and was invited to an Assessment Centre. There are plenty of reviews on here RE what to expect from the AC and nothing was a surprise. Ultimately, I didn't get an offer. I requested feedback and was told I did not negotiate well during the group discussion... This couldn't be further from the truth - during my interview with HR (reflecting on the group discussion) I was told that I negotiated well (?!) so why was I rejected?! I answered all the interview questions well and felt confident. Following speaking to fellow candidates they stated I performed very well on the day and are surprised I did not pass the AC. The whole process seems ambiguous - what specific skills are they looking for? At times it feels like one is competing against an arbitrary ranking scale which does not necessarily allow for identification of key skills which would enable a successful career as a junior consultant as part of the ACG. I'd encourage candidates to apply for Accenture - it sounds like a great company and there was a good feel to the day. Hopefully you'll get more understanding HR staff on the day who are capable of identifying talent.
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I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Accenture (London, England (UK)) in May 2015.
Very straightforward. Process took about 4 weeks. Would have been faster if I was not sitting for exams. Online application followed by a phone interview within two weeks. Phone interview revolved around competency questions predominantly with a small case study at the end. Assessment Centre is shorter than most but expect an intensive afternoon. Here is what to expect: 1. Individual analytical exercise (25 min) - Time pressured. Case study with a stack of information to process. You are expected to write answers to 5 very pointed questions. Be as specific as you can, but do not need to focus on the details (actual percentages, numbers etc). They ask that you focus on three main themes and my advise is to stick to the themes and don't deviate too much. Bullet point everything and don't spend too much time on one question. You won't have time to read everything so make sure you know what you are looking for. 2. Group Case Study Exercise (30 min) - You will work in groups of five to arrive at a solution for a client (two merging banks). Lots of data to process. Stay very focused and try to pick on key issues (cost, pros, cons). Speak out and try to take the lead in various capacities - keep time, write on the board etc. The solutions in the end are straightforward. Focus on what the key aims of the banks are and Accenture's key interests. You can go over budget! But make sure you can justify it. At the end, the assessors ask the group to discuss what they might have done differently if money was no object. Speak out during this time and focus on Accenture's capabilities. 3. 1 on 1 Interview (30 min) - Very relaxed interview. Start by discussing the case study with the interviewer. Make sure you know what solutions your group picked and how you will justify it to the client AND to Accenture. Think of the stakeholders and use common sense. Try to tie in with the capabilities Accenture offers. Follows with a few competency questions which are pretty much similar to the phone interview questions. Stay relaxed. Don't overprepare. Use common sense.
- Q: What can you offer to the team at Accenture? 1 Answer
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I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Accenture (Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)) in February 2015.
Online application form involving the usual previous education and work details and a mini essay question about why Accenture and about previous extra-curriculars. First round interview was competency based with a manager. Second round consisted of 3 interviews- case study, senior manager interview and a managing director interview. Lots of competency based questions, motivational and CV based questions. Thought they were all pretty tough but very straight forward. Some of the competency based Qs were quite specific, looking for certain situations which were not easy to think of on the spot. Overall a great experience.
- An example of a time you thought you were given unfair feedback Answer Question
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very easy going very easy going first was face to face then a second interview by phone, be prepare, study a lot fo the accenture core values since it will help. Al were behavioral questions.
- problem with colleague Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Accenture (London, England (UK)).
Filled out the online application, heard back within the week inviting me to a telephone interview. Telephone interview was split into three parts: questions about Accenture and why I wanted to work for them, competency-based questions ("describe a situation when...") and a short case study at the end. Was called the next day to invite me to an assessment centre. Assessment centre was only a morning (approximately 9.00am-12.45pm). There were a few un-assessed parts: manager presentation and Q&A with a current analyst, and two assessed parts: group exercise (split into groups to discuss solutions Accenture can offer for companies merging) and a 1-on-1 interview (part of this followed on from the solutions in the morning, the other part was asking about my understanding of and interest in Accenture). They said they will get back to us in 10-15 working days, so still waiting to hear on the outcome of my application.
- Why specifically should clients come to us over our competitors? Answer Question
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Accenture (London, England (UK)) in May 2014.
I submitted my application online after an employee referral and was contacted about 2 weeks later to set up a first round phone interview. There were three components to the interview. There were motivational/knowledge-based questions (Why do you want to work for Accenture? Who are some of Accenture's competitors?), behavioral questions (Tell me about a time when you displayed leadership qualities. Tell me about a time when you faced uncertainty and achieved greatness.), and a case study.
- In the case study, the interviewer specifically stated what the main problem was that the company was facing. When she asked me to list three problems, I thought that I was supposed to think out-of-the-box and draw conclusions based on all of the information already presented, so I intentionally avoided reiterating the problem that she had stated first. Do not do what I did! My interviewer was clearly frustrated and I knew from that moment that I had no chance of progressing to the next round. Repeat what your interviewer says word for word and do not try to be creative with your answers. It is not what they are looking for. Best of luck! Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Accenture (London, England (UK)).
Poor process and i feel it is hard to see how HR can make decisions based on the assessments. Group assessments ran with no indication as to how you have been doing and absolutely zero feedback facilities. impossible to know whether you were strong in certain areas or any developmental areas.
- What sort of technological training outside that of I was given a 'technical' case study, asked to read and then make recommendations. The case study was simple and more business focused rather than 'technical'. However, I had contacted the recruiter in advance asking about the format of the interview and was not given a response despite trying several times. Answer Question
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