PA Consulting Interview Questions in United States

Updated Aug 26, 2015
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Denver, CO
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at PA Consulting (Denver, CO) in August 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process consisted of an initial phone interview with a member of the PA HR staff. This was followed by an assessment day consisting of 5 rounds of two-on-one or three-on-one interviews with other PA consultants, partners, and principals followed by a group case interview. The only case interview that was given was the group study but this isn't really what I would describe as a case study. Most questions were straightforward and the staff were all friendly and genuinely supportive.

    Interview Questions

    • Most questions were typical behavioral or technical questions about that you mind find in any interview with no real curve balls.   Answer Question
  2. Helpful (1)  

    Principal Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at PA Consulting (Los Angeles, CA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process is long, very detailed but fair. I was first contacted by a external recruiter who asked me some basic questions regarding my experience. The next step was a 30 minute phone interview with a PA Consulting Human Resources representative. She focused her questions on determining how much I knew about the company and why I wanted to work PA Consulting versus other consulting companies. I was then asked to complete a skills assessment online. It is a basic test that took about one hour. The test was divided into two sections: verbal reasoning and basic quantitative analysis. I would not worry about the test since you are given the opportunity to answer practice questions before hand. The final step was a series of three, in-person interviews. Unlike other candidates that have shared the experiences on Glassdoor, I did not have to complete a case study as part of the interview process. This may be unique to the Los Angeles office however. The interviews were basic "fit" interviews. The interviewers did drill down into more detail on my specific job experience than any other company to which I have applied. For each job you listed on your resume, they will ask you to describe problems you have solved, the approach you used to solve them, and what quantitative measures you used to determine success. About two weeks later, I received a call from my recruiter informing me that I was not selected. He was able to share feedback from the interviewers. PA Consulting is trying to establish a name for themselves so they are very selective in their hiring process and are looking for individuals with not only the ability to deliver quality work but also identify new business.

    Interview Questions

    • 1. Tell me about a time on a project when everything went wrong 2. Describe a time in the last 12 months where you learned a new skill to enhance yourself professionally 3. What brings you to PA Consulting today?   Answer Question
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    Consultant Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at PA Consulting (Boston, MA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    There are 4 rounds in the interview process: 1 interview with HR 1 interview with a business analyst Assessment Center interview: this included 2 one on one interviews and a group case study. Then we had lunch at the office. Phone interview with a partner

    Interview Questions

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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at PA Consulting.

    Interview

    Initial HR interview followed by panel interview (By Research & Consulting Manager and other Principal Analysts). Written test (5 case-studies to solve). Final interview with Partner. The whole interview process took little more than 2 and half months.

    Interview Questions

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    Consultant Analyst - Healthcare Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at PA Consulting.

    Interview

    Background: I am a senior biomedical engineering undergraduate at a top 10 university. I applied for the position of Analyst for the Life Sciences division at PA's New York office. I sent in an online application through my university career center. I stressed two things in my cover letter: exposure to life science companies through work experience, and prior quasi-consulting experience at franchising and small consulting companies. However as far as I know, everyone who applied got a 1st round interview. My 1st round was an approx. 25 min phone interview with a mid-level consultant. It was sort of disorganized: the interviewer forgot we had an interview scheduled and was sort of shaken about that. The interview was straightforward for the most part - he asked a bunch of questions about my resume and asked me "What was an innovative solution you created for a problem?" or something like that. Then he left a lot of time for questions. I would say what separated me from other candidates was that I did my homework on Glassdoor, etc. and asked a lot of questions. I received confirmation of 2nd round about a week later. Before 2nd round, I had to complete a numerical and verbal reasoning test (fairly short, each section was about 20 mins, and pretty straightforward, bit tougher than the SAT). I was flown out to NY (6AM flight, mind you) for a 1pm appointment at their office in the Chrysler building. There were 3 rounds conducted that day: a 1 on 1 case interview, a 1 on 1 behavioral interview, and a group case interview with 5 other applicants. The case was about a pharmaceutical company wanting to downsize to maintain profits after their main drug lost patent protection, and then expanded on other ways to maintain profits. The interviewer more or less guided me through the steps(so it was much easier than the standard case interview). The behavioral was also straightforward - be confident, study up on some standard interview questions, etc. In between they had a short 30 minute Q&A session about working for PA. The group case was quite difficult - it was about building pyramids for the Egyptian government. There was no "right" answer as long as you could justify your answer. I was told that the key with this was to be involved, but not come on too strong. We were given 40 mins to form an answer and prepare a short presentation on poster paper, after which we presented and were grilled by a group of 2 mid-level consultants and 2 analysts. I received word about 1.5 weeks later that I did not get an offer. I was given an option to talk to an HR person about the decision. She said that I did very well in my individual case and behavioral, but that I "did not bring enough depth" to the group case and she could not clarify what that meant. She did say that they had about 20 applicants come in for 2nd round and only 4-5 got offers. My group of 6 that I was interviewing with was comprised of 3 undergrads, 1 MBA student, and 2 PhDs. What company in their right mind wouldn't take the MBA or PhDs if they can pay the same amount?? I have a hunch that's what it came down to.

    Interview Questions

    • Group case(this probably won't make sense to anyone seeing as I forgot specifics and they also provided a map): The Egyptian government has tasked your "tourism" company with constructing pyramid(s) along the Nile at sites A,B. You have $10000(a limited amount) to spend. There are 2 quarries to get stone from, at different distances from sites A,B, and the quarries have different stone types and prices. Site A is near the Grand Temple, site B is much further away. The Nile floods the path between quarry 1 and site A for 3 months of the year. You must build at least 1 pyramid "big enough" to serve as a museum for Egyptian treasures. The pyramid(s) must be completed in 10 years or less. We were also given data about how quickly workers can move stone, build the pyramids, etc.   1 Answer
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    Analyst - Global Energy and Utilities Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at PA Consulting (Denver, CO).

    Interview

    1) On campus interview with behavioral questions and some simple case and math questions. 1.5) Online Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning test. Doable but difficult. Other candidates I spoke with, including myself, barely finished or left 1 or 2 blank. 2) Assessment center (in-office): a. 4-20 minute interviews with 2-3 employees ranging from analyst up to partner (supposedly unique to this practice) primarily behavioral questions with the occasional case/brain teaser b. 30 minute writing test. Asked to write ~1 page explaining a very basic task c. Group case interview 3) If needed, final interviews with other higher-level employees

    Interview Questions

    • How would you go about developing a forecast for oil prices?   1 Answer
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at PA Consulting (New Haven, CT) in November 2014.

    Interview

    on campus meeting then a 5 hour, on-site interview day. The whole thing was painless and professional. the on campus interview was only 30 minutes with general characteristics and screening and the site day at the office included a few different hour long interviews with a group case study. Modest, but not extreme preparation for the group interview is necessary.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about your interests and a case study   1 Answer
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    Consulting Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at PA Consulting (Denver, CO) in November 2014.

    Interview

    5 step process that involved multiple interviews; phone and in person. There was a group case study which was interesting to see what they were looking for. One on one was pretty generic, they wanted to know why I wanted to work there and what set me apart from other applicants.

    Interview Questions

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at PA Consulting (Denver, CO) in November 2014.

    Interview

    Hiring & interview process was very fast - after an on-campus behavioral interview with a Principal, I was flown to Denver, CO 1-2 weeks later for the final round interviews. Final rounds was very interesting 1. Starting with free lunch with the employees 2. A 4-man team group case interview (first time doing one) 3. 2 behavioral interviews (2 people each) 4. A 30-minute essay writeup (pretty abrupt, really startled me) 5. 2 more behavioral interviews (2-3 people each) Then... voila! interviews are over. I thought it was pretty interesting, intense, but not as hard/meticulous as the traditional MBB ones. I am about to go into the company, but I am I guess a little cautious about the company's culture (Global Energy & Utilities) - in most of the behavioral interviews, they seemed to constantly emphasize the point of long working hours, which may/may not indicate bad work-life balance. We will have to find out!

    Interview Questions

    • How many palindromes are between 0 and 1,000?   2 Answers

    Negotiation

    Not yet accepted.

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at PA Consulting in November 2014.

    Interview

    1. Resume Cut 2. On-campus interview 3. Online verbal and quantitative reasoning test 4. On-site interview. 5 30 minute behavioral interviews incorporating assorted brain teasers and arithmetic calculations. 30 minute writing prompt. 60 minute group case interview - 45 minutes to work then 15 minutes to present. 5. Phone interview with senior partners

    Interview Questions

    • Group case interview. 8 consultants/partners watching you work on a group case. No interaction with PA staff were allowed until final questions following the 15 minute presentation.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Accepted offer as presented.

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