Gap International Management Consultant Interview Questions

Updated Aug 11, 2015
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Management Consultant Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. I interviewed at Gap International.

Interview

I found Gap International through LinkedIn. I knew I wanted to work in branding or management consulting in the Philadelphia area and Gap fit the bill. I did not know much more other than what I could find on their LinkedIn profile, website, and reviews here on Glassdoor. My resume was accepted and I entered the interview process. My first interview was over the phone with an associate at Gap; it certainly felt at first like I was interviewing them rather than the other way around. Part of this came from the almost total lack of information about the type of consulting Gap does readily available. I left the conversation satisfied, with a second face to face interview promised and the feeling that I had just had a great conversation, not an interview. My first face to face interview was at Gap International Headquarters in Springfield. They were professional, cordial and obviously knew how to handle the process. I was brought into a holding room early in the morning and told that over the course of half a day I would be meeting with 4 separate ‘director’ level consultants. I was anticipating the usual, rote interview process 4 times in a row and steeled myself for it; what I had instead were four incredibly in-depth conversations. I ended up learning much more about my interviewers than I did about the company. I wrote this off at the time as prep work for the next round of interviews, which I was offered. The next round of interviews was of similar structure and lasted the whole day, during which time I was more than adequately snacked and lunched. This time I was meeting with VP level executives. I prepared myself for the tough questions and statements of undying work ethic, only to find myself again engaged in deep conversations about how I felt in certain times of my life, and how they connect and relate to me in various ways. I felt suddenly like I was being wooed by the company rather than interviewing for the company. When I left, I found myself reflecting deeper and longer on the many people and conversations I had met and had than any interview I had had with other companies. It hit me that they were not telling me what sort of consulting they do… they were practicing it actively during the interviews themselves. This was why I was left with such strong impressions after and found myself thinking back on the conversations for weeks afterwards. I realized that a company that could make that sort of impression in 45 minute ‘interviews’ was the sort of company that I really wanted to be a part of. For the final interview, I was brought into a boardroom with the entire executive team present (22 VP and C-Level executives). They asked almost no questions and opened the floor for me to speak as I pleased. It was in fact the most intimidating form of interview I have ever engaged in, the weight of which I sensed at the time and sticks with me now. It was a rigorous, long, and mentally stimulating interview process that I’m glad to have been involved in. If I hadn’t been offered a position (I was and I took it) I still would have been better for it. Other interviews look simple in comparison, and never have had me reevaluate how I’ve presented myself to interviewers.

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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Gap International in July 2015.

    Interview

    Very lengthy interview process and very personal. No case studies. Very much so more focused on how much you believe in your methodology and how much are you willing to commit to their company. They expect long hours and working weekends. They are nothing like any other consulting company so if you did want to leave, I don't see how the skill set developed would be very transferable.

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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    The interview process is extensive. Mine was a little over a month. The executives you interview with know what it takes to be here, but they want to make sure that you get it too. As busy as they are, they take the time to sit down and interview you, because they know that you could very well be sitting in their chair one day—which is really, really cool. You will have conversations with a lot of smart, driven, and accomplished people. You will most likely come into the office two or three times, and you might even be invited to participate in one of the introductory courses they provide for their clients. Try to take advantage of the opportunity, because it’s all for your benefit.

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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Gap International.

    Interview

    5 phone interviews over the course of two weeks with members of HR and hiring team Requested to attend an uncompensated weekend long workshop PRIOR to face to face interview (I declined) 1 day of face to face interviews with 6 VPs - lots of VPs - apparently I was supposed to have met more the second day which I cancelled. 1 VP discussed their weight loss and horrific divorce 1 VP decided the were too tired to meet and cancelled 1 VP took two personal phone calls that were non-emergent during our interview

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    • There were no difficult or unexpected questions. There was an alarming amount of redundancy in interview questions and inappropriate personal matters were discussed with this candidate. Surprisingly I was told that my personal time would pretty much be non-existent based on the questions I asked them about a typical work day and the environment. Very frustrating and time-wasting experience. I did not choose to continue to interview as the process was to take about 6 weeks and consist of many more meetings.   Answer Question
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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Gap International.

    Interview

    A ton of meetings - it's a serious time commitment and at times it's very disorganized. There were multiple occasions where we were supposed to be video chatting and I'd be stood up. After a ton of skype interviews they'll fly you to philly to do in person ones. There's a lot of redundancy and by the end of it you're left pondering whether it's even worth finishing the process. Don't apply on a whim you'll be sucked up into this process that takes so long.

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    • Lots of: what would you find most challenging here? And at one point I was literally asked what I was hiding.... just a very bizarre experience. They want to know your damage.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    It's just sort of creepy. Also it's not really consulting, it's more like leading those teamwork building sessions that everyone dreads.

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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    Met a recruiter at a career fair. Set up a phone interview the next day. A few weeks later I took their BCO and had two days of interviews with their directors and vice presidents. Everyone was very friendly and conversational. Not a typical interview process

    Interview Questions

    • What is it about yourself that causes you to feel and act negatively?   Answer Question
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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Gap International.

    Interview

    This company is HORRENDOUS! I go to a very respected college and saw Gap International's listing on our career website. I applied for a position, thinking Gap International was a consulting firm. I soon learned that Gap International is a very bizarre, wishy-washy sales firm. They basically sell their bizarro "breakthrough performance" packages to desperate companies. This is not a strategy consulting firm. You will not be management consultant. It's a sales position, essentially. The recruiter who I talked to rambled on for forty minutes about how "revolutionary" Gap International was and how success in life is about "changing your thinking." Sounded like an infomercial! This woman was not a good communicator and would be a terrible consultant at a real firm like BCG. She didn't even ask me anything about my background or qualifications -- she just talked and talked and TALKED. I hung up on her because I was so creeped out. Stay away from this terrible company!

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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Gap International.

    Interview

    Introduced to Gap International at a University Career Fair. Followed up with the recruiter by email, which resulted in an hour long phone interview/conversation. This then led to a formal first round interview at headquarters. Before the interview I was required to complete a 3-4 hour long online course on Breakthrough thinking. (Currently still in the interviewing process).

    Interview Questions

    • No cases. I met with 4 Directors and it was primarily them getting to know me and me getting to know them. It was mostly led by my questions and their questions about me as a person and my interest in Gap International.   Answer Question
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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Gap International.

    Interview

    Very long interview process - initial phone interview, then they bring you into the office on three separate occasions. The first two times, you will be at the office for 4-6 hours and meet with maybe 4 people, generally for about 30 minutes each. Yes, your math is correct - there is a lot of sitting around and waiting (although they do give you lunch, which is nice). The final interview is with their executive team. The entire process took about 5 weeks, which sounded like it was faster than usual for them. Very unusual interview process, as they seem completely fine with wasting your time and their employees' time.

    Interview Questions

    • Interviews were informal in nature; there did not seem to be a "checklist" of questions to ask, they were mostly "getting to know you" one-on-one conversations. However, during these conversations, a number of people asked questions that don't seem necessary and which I think are actually not allowed (by law): e.g. how old are you, do you have a girlfriend (and then - what's her name...what's her last name, what does she do), do you plan on getting married, do you plan on having kids, what do your parents do for a living, where do they work, etc. I will note that most of these didn't seem forced - they just came up in the course of the conversation. Still - if the questions aren't allowed, employees involved in the interview process should know that (and a couple of the questions were asked by senior HR people, who must know better). Gave a bad feeling that the company wanted to be super involved in your life and there would be litter separation of work/life.   Answer Question
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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Gap International.

    Interview

    For the first interview, they just had me speak with an HR person along with another person in the company, who had interests that align with mine. For the second set of interviews, I had to interview with 4 people over the course of a day, on BlueJeans, which is something like Skype. Then, they brought me into their office to interview with 4 different people. They have a very extensive interview process that culminates in an interview in front of 12 VPs, all at once. In this interview you are asked to describe yourself. The interview process was very long and took place over 4 weeks.

    Interview Questions

    • What are your qualities that you would prefer not to share. (List 3 of them)   Answer Question
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