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Updated Mar 15, 2015
Updated Mar 15, 2015
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    Marketing Interview

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    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Clarkston Consulting (Durham, NC) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Initial phone interview with HR, then in-person interviews with department (4 hours). The interviews went well. I was surprised to hear from 3 of the 4 people I interviewed with how happy they were to get my resume and that I had agreed to come talk to them. They were excited that I had applied because I had the exact background and experience they were looking for. Great to hear in a job interview, right? 2 weeks later I hadn't heard from anyone at the company. I emailed the HR manager and was told that an internal candidate had come forward, otherwise known as the kiss of death for external applicants. I never heard from them again.

    Interview Questions

    • Standard interview questions about background, skills and experience.   1 Answer
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Clarkston Consulting.

    Interview

    The interviewing process at Clarkston was one of the most enjoyable I've ever been a part of. They both recruited directly out of my school as well as attended many of my school's employer events. They considered attending those events and meeting with them to be "part of the interviewing process", so be sure to attend those events and get to know the consultants!

    From my experience, the most important thing to Clarkston is its people. They want to ensure that you are not only smart and driven, but someone they want to bring in as part of their family. To be successful in their interview process, you need to feel like you connect with their consultants on a personal level.

    The first round of interviews was literally 30-45 minutes of chit chatting about my resume and experiences. It was very relaxed and laid back - essentially 0 formal behavioral interview questions. Again, the interview wanted to make sure that I fit in with her.

    I was informed that I made it to their final round of interviews which was about 3 hours of back-to-back-to-back-to-back (total of 4) interviews, all culminating with a "Why Clarkston/Why Consulting" presentation to a partner and a manager.

    Again, all of these interviews were very relaxed and behavioral based. If you know your experiences and your resume and you're comfortable just getting to know these people through a professional chat about your experience and about Clarkston the company, then you will excel here. They also want people to come to interviews PREPARED with questions and knowing information about your interviewers!!! This is HUGE!

    Overall, a great experience and I am very excited to start work with them soon. The company is going in a great direction.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Did not try to negotiate. Was happy with the offer, and are allowing me the flexibility to live at home which was great.

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    Associate Consultant Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Clarkston Consulting.

    Interview

    After searching the web for consultant jobs, I stumbled upon this one and applied immediately. Within a couple days I got an e-mail from a recruiter about setting up a phone interview. Shortly after, we had the 1st phone interview and it went well. Very casual conversation. A week later I got a second interview with a Senior Consultant. It still followed the "fit" style from the 1st, asking how my experiences fit into the role and the company. I BODIED that interview, and was invited for the final round in Durham, NC. Got a rental and rode down from VA and interviewed for about 3 hours. Met with my recruiter for a short interview prep. My first round was with a Senior Consultant who actually graduated from the Engineering school at my university! After that I interviewed with another consultant who asked me about any technical acumen I may have, while having lunch. I also gave a short presentation on Why Would I Be a Good Consultant. Finally I met with one of the Partners. His interview was a little more probing, in that I was given scenarios and asked about providing solutions. On a few of answer, my interviewer told me what I said were techniques they actually teach new recruits. Afterwards, he gave me a card, said my goodbyes and thanks, and rode back home. Week and a half later, found out I didn't get the job (not enough spaces left for the summer bootcamp). Overall, great experience though. I felt welcomed and the employees were great to be around.

    Interview Questions

    • I honestly don't remember, this was last year. I do remember that the interviews were questions geared around finding how well you'd fit with the company and the role you applied for. If you can tailor your experiences and education to that, you'll be fine. Nothing odd or out of left field.   Answer Question
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    They were extremely helpful during the process and made it seem like I had a good chance to go further in the interview process, but they cut me short after one interview.

    Interview Questions

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    Associate Consultant Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 7 weeksinterviewed at Clarkston Consulting (Boston, MA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    The first round interview was great. The interview was very casual. It was supposed to be a behavioral interview but I really believe they just wanted to get to know me. I really felt comfortable which really allowed them to seem me as who I am which is what I believe they were going for.

    Interview Questions

    • Here is your resume. What do you want me to know about it? (This pretty much took up our whole 45 minute interview time slot)   1 Answer
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    Interview

    Great overall interview the recruiter was very nice and easy to hold a conversation with. I was told that I asked a lot of great questions. However, I was not asked for a second interview. overall my interview lasted about 45 min.

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    Associate Consultant Interview

    No Offer
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Clarkston Consulting.

    Interview

    I was referred to Clarkston by a friend who works there and they called me to offer me an interview within a few days. The first and second round interviews were phone interviews. The people are very sweet and the interview feels more like a conversation, very relaxed. For the final round, they flew me to the headquarters in Durham. The interview was half behavioral/situational and half a short presentation.

    Interview Questions

    • Almost all the questions were behavioral and situational, so if you know your experiences and resume well, and you look over some situational questions online, you should be fine.   Answer Question
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    Experienced Professional Hire Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    Formal interview process, with the intention of both parties being sure of a "fit." The process has multiple steps, and can be lengthy, but the upside is that there are very few unknowns for either side (company or applicant) by the time you get to real decisions/offer extension. The recruiting team does an excellent job of preparing candidates for the various steps in the process.

    Interview Questions

    • No specifics to share here. These are smart but nice people - expect to be on your game for multiple conversations and multiple tough questions specific to your area of expertise. If you are prepared, honest and authentic, it's an enjoyable interview process.   Answer Question
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    Consultant Interview

    No Offer
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Clarkston Consulting.

    Interview

    Applied through college career website. Got contacted via email to set up an initial interview. Met on campus for interview. The person who I was told I would be talking to wasn't there. I was interviewed by someone else, which is fine. It went well. Shorter than I expected (35 minutes instead of 45). Felt like it went well. Got complimented on a couple of my answers which is why I was surprised I didn't move to the next round.

    Interview Questions

    • What do the ideal of Clarkston Consulting mean to you?   Answer Question
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    Consultant Interview

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    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Clarkston Consulting in December 2013.

    Interview

    Met with HR on the phone to review my background briefly and talk about my interest in working in consulting. HR discussed possible openings that fit my background, possible hiring/interviewing schedule, and the characteristics for working with a smaller consulting firm.

    About a month later interviewed with an experienced consultant to review my background for about an hour and a half. The conversation was very collaborative and extensive, I really enjoyed my discussion with the consultant. The consultant was somewhat new to the company, so he really couldn’t give thorough answers to some of the my questions.

    About a month later travelled to corporate to meet some of the team for some face to face interviews. Met with HR, an analyst, manager, and partner for about 4-5 hours. Most of the discussion centered around behavioral and situational type questioning. The questioning was extensive, but if you prepare adequately, then there shouldn’t be too much difficulty. There was also a business case scenario which you present to a manager and partner in which you have 5 minutes to read and prepare. Nothing too intimidating, this is just a way to gage your communication skills and how you think on your feet.

    After interviewing, got feedback from HR. The hiring team liked my industry background, but were hesitant of my consulting skills (I came from industry). HR mentioned Clarkston offers a training bootcamp for new hires transitioning from industry into consulting to brush up on their consulting skills. However, I wouldn’t be eligible for this bootcamp until the next quarter. Three months later HR got back in touch and informed me that they would not be able to extend an offer because of the reasons mentioned above (light consulting skills). It would have been nice to have given me this news right after my office visit rather than stringing me along for three months. After holding Clarkston in high regard during the entire interview process regardless of the outcome, my last interaction with them was left on a sour note.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a situation where you had difficulty working with someone.   Answer Question

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