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RGP Interview Questions

Updated Nov 12, 2017
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  1. Featured Interview

    Helpful (3)  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at RGP (New York, NY).

    Interview

    RGP interview is easy. More of a sales pitch to the applicant going over the structure of the company, the benefits package, and how the client engagements work.
    Client interviews are more difficult. You are presented to potential clients and meet the team management. They will ask very specific and technical questions to determine if you will be a good fit. These interviews can be intimidating so do your homework. Took me three times before a client decided to bring me on for an engagement.

    Interview Questions

    • List of transactions- debit or credit? What is the typical life cycle of a private equity fund? What do you know about system XXX? How would you improve our processes? What projects have you worked on? What do you know about this type of report? Tell me your experience with XXX. If you are in a situation where XXX happens, how would you respond and how would you prevent future occurrences?   1 Answer

  2. Helpful (1)  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at RGP (New York, NY).

    Interview

    They are considered the creme de la creme of the contract work world compared to Kelly Service, Robert Half Management Resources, etc. They operate like a consulting company a la Accenture but use contract/freelance personnel instead.

    I was referred to them by a network contact and the first RGP contact I had was pretty good. It was from there that things were a little confusing (diplomatic term). Like other candidates, interviews were set up or at least attempted to be scheduled. The parties involved did not seem to be too flexible in accommodating my schedule - I was already on another project when the opportunity to meet in person with them arose. After repeated attempts to meet with a Project Director, all parties went "dark" on me. It was troubling that the coordinator had e-mail bounce backs as the days leading up to and after the meeting date. Of course, the meeting never happened.

    Fast forward to a year and a half later and I get a call from another RGP person. I passed the phone screen and then to an on-site interview for potential projects. From there I was to provide information for a background check and to work with the consultant advisor to develop a consultant profile/ marketing plan.

    The next step threw me for a loop. Their various staff members did not coordinate with each other. For example, the information needed for a background check was requested by several people from different offices. Talking to one of them I became more cautious about the level of talent employed internally... let me just say that my interaction with one of them on the phone led me to believe that this was a recent graduate or an intern, later to find that this was a senior person (looked her up on LinkedIn and then confirmed with e-mail communication based on their outgoing signature).

    Though they seem like a good company from what I have read and experienced with the recent interviewers, I'd recommend to use them as a means to an end... to get what you're looking for especially if it's to bide your time and to secure a FT position somewhere. If you can get "in" to their pool of consultants then great otherwise I wouldn't put all your eggs in one basket with them. I have had much better dealings with other staffing firms that handle professionals.

    Interview Questions

  3.  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at RGP (New York, NY) in October 2017.

    Interview

    Initial telephone interview. Follow up was in office interview. Only thing that stands out is if you are not going to be onboarded, they drop you like a hot potato. It is the norm for them not to get back to you - as confirmed by other people I know who interviewed with them.

    Interview Questions

    • Experience and background questions. Generic nothing unusual, pleasant.   Answer Question

  4.  

    Senior Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at RGP (Vancouver, WA) in October 2017.

    Interview

    Email came late in the day and I missed the first interview. Second interview was 15 minutes long not sure what I said but he didn’t have any questions for me either.

    Interview Questions

    • What relevancy do you have in this market going off your experience?   1 Answer

  5.  

    Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at RGP (Atlanta, GA).

    Interview

    Long. RGP has you meet with many people in the organization before making a decision which is a good thing but can be time consuming. There were 4+ rounds of interviews some with panel interviews.

    Interview Questions


  6.  

    Change Management Consultant Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at RGP (Los Angeles, CA) in May 2017.

    Interview

    Phone interview followed by an interview at their Regional Headquarters (downtown LA). The process is collaborative and positive. The vibe is akin to an executive temp agency where they're looking for consultants to fill a temporary gap in client company's senior staff or to collaborate or advise on long-term initiatives. They're looking to screen qualified people in, not out. I like that this firm exclusively hires senior professionals and expects them bring proven resources and practices rather than use a cookie-cutter model. I also like that they want their people to do the work rather than "publish or perish" as is the practice with the mega-firms. I like that they value professionals who DO the work, not just sell the work. They hire when they have an engagement and when that engagement approaches its end, find another project to continue the employment. The in-person interview is to present a portfolio of relevant work including tools developed, evidence, documentation written, models applied and more. You have exactly 30 minutes. I prepared a folder on my desktop, in turn, with folders and files clearly identified so I could access them immediately to respond to areas of interest that I prompted for or was asked about. They were very receptive and talked about a potential project (that they, unfortunately, didn't win). I don't know if I'll ending up doing work for them as organizational development seems to be an emerging practice there, but not core. Also, a portion of my experience doesn't align with what they're looking for and a portion of what they're looking for are not demonstrated strengths. Important to mention: there's one more step after a project is found that matches the consultant. They serve you up to the client with several other candidates. Depending on your profile, this could further push RGP into the "speculative" category. That's where the sit in mind. I'm continuing to look elsewhere.

    Interview Questions

    • There wasn't one that was difficult or unexpected. No "gotcha" questions.   Answer Question

  7.  

    Human Resources Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at RGP (New York, NY).

    Interview

    They are in HR Consulting, but they do not know what they are doing. They do not know HR components and how to interpret data. A total waste of time.

  8.  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at RGP (Los Angeles, CA) in April 2017.

    Interview

    Technical interview that required the interviewer to expound of specific tasks with each system or application within their knowledge skillset. They are looking beyond certifications for actual hands on experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Specifics about various software applications, project leadership and/or project team member role details. Also, was required to give examples in detail of the various experience with different client systems.   1 Answer

  9.  

    Supply Chain Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at RGP (New York, NY) in April 2017.

    Interview

    I was approached by one of the RGP recruiters in April 2017. After a fairly quick communication between the recruiting team I was called in for an in-person interview.. The interview mostly about my background, was carried out by a senior recruiting executive.. the conversation slightly went into a sales pitch mode about RGP towards the end and I was given the impression that a project within my scope was actually rather imminent, but overall I was impressed and thought this could really be a good opportunity.
    My "onboarding" was completed 2 months later as an RGP consultant . This lengthy process was partially due to my professional references not being available but primarily due to utter lack of communication after that point ! I was not aware the process was actually completed a month earlier and they had simply not let me known!
    Despite constant follow-ups since June/ the pool "onboarding" and my very robust professional background, 5 months later a project still has not been offered.
    when I recently inquired about the lack of an opportunity for such a long time, I was told that there was nothing I could do really to "move up the list for consideration" and the reason was that all consultants were either engaged with old and new projects and a "match" simply had not happened and may not happen for a long time as they went through a major internal restructuring and but they were hoping to get new clients in the area. .. that could accommodate a new (?) consultant..
    I am not sure if anyone has had a similar experience as mine, or if it is RGP or simply bad timing -as the whole process actually seemed very legit and professional, I came to believe that one of the previous Glassdoor commenters was right : RGP is simply a glorified temp agency for experienced senior professionals to bide their time for whatever reason.
    If lucky enough to get any projects-which sounded like is an uphill battle for the candidate even if you are accepted to the pool- longevity with the firm is for a "select-ed" few .
    Find a way to befriend someone in the recruiting team so your name is not just an entry in the database that may OR may not come up as a match...

    Interview Questions

    • they asked me: How would you describe the ideal process in Sourcing and what would be my contribution to that process?   Answer Question

  10. Helpful (1)  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at RGP (Chicago, IL) in March 2017.

    Interview

    First there was a couple of email exchanges, followed by a phone conversation with one of the in-house recruiting people. Then we arranged a face-to-face with that in-house recruiting person and also one of their salespeople (they don't call them that, but I can't think of the term right now). They asked me a bunch of questions about what I've done and who I've worked with. They're smart people, but I got the feeling they were a little out of their element in true consulting as opposed to skilled accounting temp workers and backfills. I fall outside of pure accounting work., so they arranged to have me talk with the practice leader in my specialty to really gauge how busy they'd be able to keep me. He never called. I followed up. They said he'd call. He never called. I followed up again. They double promised he'd call. He never called. I gave up. I didn't get "rejected" per se; they say they're still looking for a project to put me on, but it was on the whole a pretty disappointing experience. They said they'd love to have me, but yet internally it seems like they have a lot of work to do to get someone through the process when it comes to the management consulting side of their business. Probably much different in the accounting sector.

    Interview Questions

    • What are some of my domain expertise experiences? Am I okay traveling? How busy do I expect to be? How much per hour do I need to make?   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    I didn't decline per se, they just never moved and said, "Here's a project go do it". Strange.


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