Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
Interviews for Top Jobs at C1 Consulting
- Analyst (9)
- Consultant (4)
- Consultant, Market Research (1)
- Manager (1)
- SAS Analyst (1)
- Associate (1)
- Associate Consultant (1)
I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at C1 Consulting (San Francisco, CA) in November 2011.
This was a while back and I have since become employed, but I am hoping my review can help others. The initial interview was via phone. I was stood up for the original call until the HR person remembered to call me back. Upon passing the initial screening, I was given a paper (on some drug trial) and a standard homework assignment to write a report. Following that, there was a Skype interview, at which again, I was stood up before they finally rescheduled and called me again. This already left a bad taste in my mouth--if the company did not value an interviewer's time, one questions how they treat their employees.
I came onsite to the San Francisco office. I can't remember his name, but there was a senior consultant with a Ph.D. and he was a delight to speak with--honest and authentic. Beyond him, I did not really connect with the other employees. In addition to another one-to-one interviews, I had to complete a 1.5/2 hour timed test: use a template power point file to complete a presentation on yet another paper (pharmaceutical trials again). After giving that presentation, I gave a ~20 min talk on my previous scientific research.
The office had about 8 people total. I have the sense that most of the employees there were not very happy. The junior members seemed particularly nervous and jumpy. While the majority seemed to be easy to get along with, one of the office managers was constantly scowling and uninterested while I was presenting my research. I admit that this made me uncomfortable and probably deterred from my performance.
The job seems to require long hours, last minute calls, and a tolerance for a socially cold office climate. I had previously done research on the company before and the rumors that the consultants were rarely given enough training or guidance to do a good job are probably true.
- How would you prioritize a project when the client has a long list of demands and you have only one night to deliver? (Not really difficult so much as I wonder if they are looking for someone who would sacrifice their personal life for the job.) Answer Question
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The process took 1+ week – interviewed at C1 Consulting in March 2012.
Spoke with partner on the phone and established good reputation. Was then placed into the "formal" interviewing process. I received a phone call from the in-house recruiter for a skype meeting with another Sr. Consultant. Personality and fit skype interview, with online skills test against the clock. Skype interview was awkward but skills test was straight forward GMAT type questions.
The company seemed pretty disorganized however. Communication between the remote recruiter and partner did not translate into the same message. I received positive feedback from all and asked to come in-house. Abruptly, communication ended without followup.
All employees tele-work on Friday which was a positive for the firm culture.
- How would you go about dealing with a difficult client? Answer Question
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I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at C1 Consulting in October 2011.
Interview process consists of 3 steps: phone, Skype, and in-person. This seemed strange, since I was well within driving/transit distance of the office, so I could have just done more in-person interviews instead.
Phone interview was a typical consulting personality interview with a senior consultant/manager ("What makes you a good fit," "I see on your resume that...," "Tell me about a time you..."). Skype interview was with a senior associate, and had extremely similar (sometimes identical) personality questions. Immediately before the Skype interview, there was an online aptitude test that was very easy: basic grammar/spelling, basic math, and 'rapid perception.'
I didn't get invited to the in-person interview, but the staff I talked to seemed intelligent and friendly. I wish they would give feedback for how they make their decisions, but that's almost unheard of in most companies.
- Tell me about a time you made a mistake and learned from it. Answer Question
Consultant InterviewAccepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage InterviewAccepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took a day – interviewed at C1 Consulting in August 2008.
Phone interview as a screener.
Ithree in person interviews - one with each partner and one with another consultant.
Presentation - to show presentation skills
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Answer Question
No, because the salary was standard form MBA graduates