Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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Strategy Consultant Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 weeks – interviewed at Accenture (Washington, DC) in January 2014.
The interview process described in this post is for individuals applying to Accenture as a experienced hire.
First interview: This is a phone screen with the recruiter to discuss your qualification for the position. The recruiter will lightly go through your resume to ensure that you meet the qualifications for the position. Make sure that you know your resume well and that you can relate it back to the position you are applying too.
Second Interview: This is a Technical screen by a manager on your soon to be team. This person will be asking you about your technical background as it relates to the position. It is extremely important to be able to relate your experience back to the job description as well as be current on things occurring in that field. Use the STAR or PARADE (Victor Cheng) methodology to relate your experience. This style of answering questions is the preferred mechanism for relation information to Accenture managers. Also, Put together 3 to 5 examples of your work that you can refer back to when asked questions. You should know these scenarios like the back of your hand so you can deliver the information with ease to the interviewing manager. Answer all of the interviewing managers questions honestly and tell them when you haven't had experience in a certain area but you would love to grow your knowledge base. If your recruiter is amazing and you make it past the technical screen they will give you some tidbits on things you could approve upon before your next interview. Take this information to heart and Practice, Practice, Practice!!!
Third Interview: Consists of meeting with a Senior Manager. The senior manager will perform a behavioral interview which discusses your background in an indirect manner. The interviewer will ask you about your current project and the role you played on the team. They are looking too see if you were a leader and what type of activities you have completed. Be sure to really have an answer for the following questions: Tell me about yourself?, Reason for wanting to join Accenture?, What type of consulting work would you like to focus on? During this interview be honest with your short falls and make sure to play up the items in your career that you have shined on. Prepare several questions to ask your interviewer. Be sure to create questions that are interesting and dynamic which really sure your character.
Last Step in the process is circling back with the recruiter and receiving your offer letter. Make sure that you do some negotiation in this process. A good book to read in regards to this matter is called The Recruiting Snitch!
I hope this post helps future Accenture employees. I know without the information on this site I would not be able to prepare appropriately.
- Tell me about yourself?, Reason for wanting to join Accenture?, What type of consulting work would you like to focus on? Answer Question
Other Interview Reviews for Accenture
Strategy Consultant InterviewNo OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 5 days – interviewed at Accenture (Charlottesville, VA) in February 2015.
Not bad! Typical for consulting. 2 small case interviews, 15 min behavioral, 1 long 45 min case. Interviewers were both very nice and friendly and it really seemed like more of a conversation than anything else.
- 2 small case interviews, 15 min behavioral, 1 long 45 min case Answer Question
Strategy Consultant InterviewNo OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Accenture (Ann Arbor, MI) in February 2015.
Applied through online. Received an e-mail after a few weeks for an interview. A couple weeks after the interview, I received the result by a phone call. They were very polite and helpful during the application and interview process.
- Two 45min interviews, both case study interviews, and a few behavioral questions after. Answer Question
Strategy Consultant InterviewNo Offer
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Accenture (Houston, TX).
Very fast. They were polite, and helpful and lenient throughout the whole process. I was asked if I could reschedule, but I had exams during the other times they were available, so I was able to keep my time.
- Case interview Answer Question
Strategy Consultant InterviewNo OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Accenture (Chicago, IL) in October 2014.
My resume was submitted through their employee referral program. I had an initial phone interview with a recruiter who asked me a few basic questions and wanted details on my background. Then, he set up two phone interviews that were business case study interviews. During each case study interview, the interviewer asked me details about my background and also asked me general questions like: What do you know about Accenture, why do you want to be a consultant, what do you think a typical day is like for a consultant.
- One case study was about budgeting and forecasting. The other was on cost optimization. Answer Question
Strategy Consultant InterviewAccepted OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Accenture.
Four interviews as an experienced hire. First was with HR and was screening, Second was with HR and another screening, Third was over the phone and with a Manager/Senior Manager, Fourth was in person and with a Manager and Senior Manager.
- Nothing too difficult. Accenture has a tendency to ask faux-case questions that are more situational than they are similar to McK, BCG, Bain, or Deloitte (unless you are interviewing for Accenture Strategy). Answer Question
I negotiated a higher salary.
Strategy Consultant InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university – interviewed at Accenture.
2 rounds. 1 on campus, 1 in the Chicago office. Typical case based interview. Very competitive - with an emphasis on focus in what practice area you are interested in. Get deep knowledge of the type of work you will actually be conducted and fit your experience to that.
- A case question on restructuring a globally dispersed IT department - measuring the pros and cons of both and how to go about managing issues that would come up. We digressed into a very interesting discussion about how to handle "esteem issues" that IT workers may feel and what that means for how they are compensated. Answer Question
Basically no negotiation. The salary package with bonus was very attractive. A few folks that also accepted were able to negotiate up to a manager position based on their experience; though I question the wisdom of such a choice given how extensively you are trained in your first year as a consultant.
Strategy Consultant InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Accenture.
Behavioral and case interview. Pretty standard...except when it isn't. The case interview can be generic like those you'll find readily on the internet, or it can be something the interviewer has developed on their own, from their own experience, using their own (modified) data. Generally easy approach, informal and kind. But you better stand and deliver.
None. Accenture pays top dollar (above market my year) and would frown upon someone trying to negotiate an already generous offer.
Strategy Consultant InterviewAccepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Accenture (New York, NY).
Two case interviews and multiple fit interviews with strategy practice leadership.
- nothing Answer Question
Very little room to negotiate expect my start date.
Strategy Consultant InterviewDeclined OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Accenture (Sydney (Australia)) in March 2015.
Extremely disorganised! I was referred in to the Strategy team. And had the 1) behavioral interview was set up first. After this I got a call from 2) the Recruiter, then had a 3) Interview with the hiring Director. Finally on the same day I had back-to-back interviews with 4) a case study and 5) the APAC managing director.
I had a few issues but basically:
- The recruiter was constantly on messenger and wasn't paying attention to anything I said; she basically read out the job description and described the process
- The behavioral interviewee had the personality of a gestapo member
- The Director hadn't read my resume and didn't know what job he was interviewing me for!
- At my interview that went back to back with the MD, I realised that I was being interviewed for the wrong job!!!! Noone had explained the new restructuring that had just happened with the split from Strategy and Resources
- My last interview was cut short due to videoconferencing difficulties - I had 30minutes to listen to the MD berate me for not knowing the structure of ACN, and he wasn't interested in hearing anything I had to say.
Even if I had gotten the offer, I wouldn't have taken it given this experience. It felt like I was spending a night at the faulty towers.
- Give me an example of a time where you had a tough stakeholder to deal with. Answer Question
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