I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Accenture in December 2011.
Interview Details – Initial Phone interview with HR rep out of the practice area, Follow up with 2 additional phone interviews to determine skill set as well as behavioral interview questions. Flown in for 1 day to meet with 3 high level people. Offer was presented within a week of that face to face interview.
Interview Question – Behavioral SHARE interview process Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Able to negotiate salary
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Accenture in August 2011.
Interview Details – I was contacted by Accenture Recruiter about their interest in talking to me about a Sr Manager opportunity in their Management Consulting practice. Initial phone interview was rescheduled a few times. Good discussions with another sr manager which included a case discussion. During the phone interview itself the Sr manager felt that I was doing well and discussed next round options. In person discussions scheduled in Houston office. Met with a few sr managers and partners. Got a call later in the day that all gave very positive feedback. More personal details were requested for background check to extend an offer. I was then requested to get on the phone with another sr partner who suggested that I talk to another sr partner in an adjacent practice.
I work for a big corporation currently. I wanted to work for a nimbler organization and hence I was interested in Accenture's MC practice that is relatively smaller. While Accenture has smart people, it unfortunately behaves like a big corporation with lots of processes, slow decision making. It also felt like everyone at various levels in the organization wanted to have an input on every decision. This is generally indicative of other problems in the organization.
Interview Question – Give an example of when I envisioned, project managed and successfully executed a Project Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Accenture in August 2011.
Interview Details – I have worked at Accenture before but been gone for many years. I was referred by a current employee to a senior executive who was willing to discuss opportunities to come back. There was no specific opportunity in mind when we first met but we had a good interview and brainstormed a number of ideas in conjunction with discussing my background. The interview was very positive with some clear next steps identified but it took nearly a month for the next step to happen - a cursory screening interview with HR.
HR took another month to arrange a second interview within the hiring group and unfortunately, it was not the group that had been discussed in my first interview. It was however a group that my first interviewer was affiliated with so that was a positive as it indicated I had made a strong impression on my first interviewer. Still, the elapsed time of two months was a red flag.
The second interview was a case interview with someone at the same level that I was applying for (senior manager) and I think it went very well. I "cracked the case" within a few minutes and more importantly, I think I did a good job demonstrating my thought process. We discussed other topics for the balance of the interview including what the challenges might be in coming back to consulting.
Two weeks later I was informed by HR that the second (case) interview went well but the first interviewer had decided not to proceed with my candidacy because of a lack of industry depth. This might be legitimate but it's unclear why this became an issue so late into the process. HR has indicated they will look for a better fit for me within the company. It's unclear if this is the brush off or a legitimate desire to find a place for me with Accenture.
At this point, I'm more lukewarm on Accenture as a company simply because of the lack of transparency and decisiveness evidenced by the process. The people I met were top drawer, so I don't want to judge them too harshly based on one experience. I know there are external factors such as the economy and the impending year end for the company (end of this month) as well as the real possibility that there might be another opportunities for me with Accenture. Until some time has passed, I probably won't be able to finalize my opinion of the process as a whole.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Accenture in November 2008.
Interview Details – 3 rounds of interview:
first round was a telephonic case study round
second round was a face to face general round
last round was a face to face with the lead partner
Interview Question – case study on profitability improvement on an industry i had no exposure to Answer Question
Negotiation Details – no negotiation ; they had a fixed band for people of my profile and experience
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Accenture.
Interview Details – A series of 7 interviews, 5 with senior executives. The process is quite simple: be yourself and talk about what you know. Ask serious questions about how you view your potential contribution to the firm, and how the firm will help you grow.
Interview Question – Typical interview Q&A (tell a bit about yourself, how did come across Accenture, what will be your major impact, what would you do if a client has such problem...) Most difficult question: what are your salary expectations? Tricky...always. View Answer
Reason for Declining – Competing offers.
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