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Slalom Consulting Consultant Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 15, 2014
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Interviewed at Slalom Consulting

Interview Details – Initial screening from recruiter, typically phone call followed by a 1-hour in person interview. Mostly behavioral, with some points of emphasis on your past experiences. If successful, the following 2-3 interviews are with senior leadership resources from the office in which you are applying. These tend to focus 50% on 'fit'and the other 50% on skillset/experiences. The final round interview is with the main General Manager of the local office as a final go ahead.

Interview Question – If you had an blank paycheck, how much would you request and what would you do with it?   Answer Question


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Consultant
San Francisco, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Slalom Consulting in June 2014.

Interview Details – Recruiter and everyone that I worked with through the process were very pleasant, but the entire process took way too long (and too many visits to their SF office). Once they finally decided to make an offer I had to return yet again to the office, only to be underwhelmed. Not worth the time or effort.

Interview Question – Was asked about technical details for specific software that I had never referenced. I was interviewing for a role aligned to Human Capital - I think the interviewer forgot what they were looking for.   Answer Question


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Consultant Interview

Consultant
Atlanta, GA

I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at Slalom Consulting.

Interview Details – As a whole the interview process was fairly seamless. The recruiter I worked with was very knowledgeable about the organization, he did a very good job of explaining the structure, etc. The interviews themselves were very constructive and provided a good balance of open dialog affording me the opportunity to ask questions.

Interview Question – Be prepared to explain your specific contributions on a project as well as the process you took to get there.   Answer Question


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Consultant
Seattle, WA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Slalom Consulting.

Interview Details – Easy...you talk to a few leaders, they look to see if you're a fit. Used to be heavy on senior experience, now just looking for anyone with big 5 even juniors.

Interview Question – None. Just looking to see if you fit the culture.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Slalom Consulting in April 2011.

Interview Details – It can be a bit long but they hold true to their values and culture so I understand the process being so detailed. Iti takes a bit of patience as I was excited to get going and had to go through 3 rounds of interviews

Interview Question – What would make this job the best experience you had and pure success if you were to leave at some point.   View Answers (2)

Negotiation Details – Not too much negotiation as their model is pretty locked but I was able to add targets bonuses for delivery items that helped quit a bit and gave me a clearer path to becoming a leader some day.


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant
Denver, CO

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Slalom Consulting in March 2014.

Interview Details – Saw the position had been posted on LinkedIn and contacted. Received a response within a few hours and set up a meeting with recruiter. Learned more about the company and set up for next steps, which was a face-to-face with another similar level consultant. Talked about previous experiences, wasn't really a tech screen, but I think it was more to get a feel for how I interacted and communicated.

Next step was a technical screen with an architect-level consultant. Set up a screen-sharing session and he gave me a problem and had me solve it in the IDE. Gave me 15 minutes to solve and improve it--it was a very simple question designed to allow me to show how I would take a basic request and improve it with OO paradigm and other high-level architecture.

Next step was a face-to-face with a few of the leaders of the local office. Various soft questions about previous experiences, issues with coworkers, successes and failures and what I'd change.

Interview Question – What are you passionate about?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate a bit on the salary, though their initial offer was very fair.


4 people found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant
Seattle, WA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3+ months - interviewed at Slalom Consulting in December 2013.

Interview Details – I was introduced to Slalom by a former co-worker who had good things to say about the firm. I was first contacted via LinkedIn, and after following up to that I had a couple of phone conversations with the recruiting team. I spoke both with the National team’s recruiter as well as the local team’s recruiter. I was more interested in a local role, so that recruiter and I set up a face to face meeting for a week or so later.
In that meeting I got to learn more about the company and culture, and what it means to be a consultant, since I did not have previous experience in that kind of role. During this conversation, I became more interested in the opportunity, and so the recruiter offered to arrange a technical phone screen, which I did a week or so later. The interviewer spent about an hour on the phone with me asking very appropriate questions that would give them a good idea whether or not I really knew what I had listed on my resume.
After the phone screen, we arrange a face-to-face interview at the Slalom office. There I met 3 people and with each had about a 45 minute conversation. The focus of each interviewer was more around a “consulting” theme, as opposed to any deep technical discussions. For example, trade-offs of different technology choices, and what-if’s: the client wants to go a certain direction with the project, what would you advise them? Again, all very appropriate questions to determine if someone would be suitable for a role as a consultant. My impression was that it was more of an assessment of my temperament and people skills, along with my ability to discuss high-level technical matters, than any detailed facts I may know about any particular system.
Then approximately a few days following that interview I received a call from the recruiter to say they would like to make an offer, and they gave me an opportunity to lay out my expectations for compensation. A day or two later I received a verbal offer and then shortly after, I met once more in person with the recruiter to review the offer in detail.
All in all, a very professional and comfortable process from beginning to end.

Interview Question – Some syntax questions on SQL statements. Only difficult because I had not used that feature in a while.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant

I applied in-person and the process took 8 months - interviewed at Slalom Consulting.

Interview Details – The process is pretty fluid and takes several months. In addition to discussions with local and regional GMs, several interviews and lunches with staff occurred.


2 people found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant
Dallas, TX

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Slalom Consulting in February 2014.

Interview Details – I connected with an old coworker on LinkedIn while sending my resume out to job prospects. I spoke with a recruiter on the phone who was pleasant and very vocal about Slalom's accolades.

After the phone interviews I met the recruiter in person who went over Slalom in more detail (who they are, what the organizational structure is, what they value, etc.).

A few days later I met with a Solution Principal for lunch who asked me questions geared toward my technical background and my career goals.

The following week I was contacted to go for a final interview at the Slalom office in Dallas where I met with a Practice Area Lead and a Director. There we spoke more of how Slalom and I could be a good match and more specifics about my technical skills. Those technical questions involved dimensional modeling techniques and some SQL-based activities.

Interview Question – Let's say you have a column within a database table that contains unformatted text of varying length and format, but you do know it's supposed to hold a person's name. How would you query that column efficiently and return the desired results in "proper case?" Answer can be based on SQL logic, C++, Java, or otherwise.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I had a range in mind but came down a little bit after learning about the annual performance bonus.


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Slalom Consulting in September 2013.

Interview Details – I was contacted by an internal nation-wide recruiter in Seattle before speaking with a recruiter from the local office. Most of the initial interview process was explaining details about the company, and getting a general understanding of my background. Finally, I was invited for a final all-day interview with 4 leaders in the office. The first interview was with the consulting lead for the office, so this was the most serious, with the following 3 meetings focusing more on any questions I have about the company. I found all of them to be very honest, providing me with criticisms of the company as well as the positive points.

Interview Question – I was asked to present a difficult challenge I had experienced on a client engagement. We then went into significant detail on certain aspects of the case, with the intention of gathering an idea of my thought process.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Seems that the cash base salary was the only negotiable piece. Bonuses are based on performance, and vacation days are defined company-wide.

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