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# Consultant Interview Questions

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### Associate Consultant at Bain & Company was asked...

May 7, 2014
 What is the exact angle formed by the hands on a clock when the time reads 9:30? 11 Answers Right 270 degrees Common response, but it's incorrect. What about the hour hand? It's not pointing directly at the 9 anymore... Show More Responses 105 degrees 52.5 60 degrees, or 300 degrees whichever way you want to look at it. |0.5(60H-11M)| = 105 degrees 1/4 of 180 which is 45 ta-daaah oops, I mean 1/4 of 360 :) 90 105 degrees: if the hour hand is right at 9, and the minute had was right at 30 then it would be 90 degrees. but since we're 30 minutes into the hr, the hour hand will be (theoretically) half waybetween 9 and 10pm. so you need to calculate that additional variation. If have the arms 3 hrs apart makes a perfect 90 degrees, then each hr would equal 30 degrees -> thus a half hr would result in a 15 degrees. 90+15= 105 degrees 61.25

Feb 20, 2013
 Just be able to explain example of your sales success. They will bring you on regardless as a contractor before being offered full time employment. They are looking for as many bodies as possible for market penetration whether you are qualified or not. 4 Answers 1099 gets paid \$150 per sale usually need 8 to become full time The phrase "usually" is shading. I brought on 8 accounts and was told to sell more to receive salary. That is a lie. weren't they 9 sales in order to receive the salary? it's just a question Show More Responses So shady...don't go there...look at the three comments above...the answers always change in order to move up...like carrot in front of a donkey

### Project Manager/Implementation Consultant at Epic Systems Corporation (Wisconsin) was asked...

Jan 26, 2011
 There are three buckets, one with apples, one with oranges, and one with a mixture of both. They are all labeled wrong. You can pick one piece of fruit from one bucket, what would you pick to determine what is in all three buckets? 4 Answers There is no way to determine the answer, just by picking one fruit alone. First, I'd pay attention to the 2 buckets that give off an orange smell. Then, I'd dive my hand into the bucket, taking care to feel what's around my hand. Picking up the fruit doesn't really matter; it's whether the bucket you picked just has oranges or not. I posted the question, sorry, I should have answered it. You pick a piece from the basket labeled "mixed." This is because you know it is labeled wrong (every basket is). So, if you pull out an orange you know that the basket holds only oranges. Now you have one basket figured out, and you know the remaining two are also mislabeled, so you switch their labels and you're done. The question should state that the label always lie. If the label says "Apple Only" it could be "Mixture" or "Orange only" So the one labeled "Mixture" is either "Apple Only" or "Orange Only". So you choose Mixture and what ever fruit you get is the label that is correct. Then switch the other two. Show More Responses All of the answers are close but not entirely correct. Any box is labeled incorrectly. Choose the mixture box. If you pick out an orange, it is necessarily an orange only box. The other two must only be the mixture or apples only. The mislabeld apples only box must be the mixture because it is mislabeled and there are only 2 other choices left. The last box is the mixture. This is the order in which you must think, although the particular fruit you pick up first could be either apple or orange.

### Software Development Engineer In Test Consultant at HCL Technologies was asked...

Aug 29, 2009
 What is a class? 4 Answers Just because you have years of programming experience, doesn't mean you won’t be asked entry-level question. Prepare for this. This is a reasonable question for a senior person - you should be able to explain basics to a client, manager or junior person. So a answer could be: A class is a group of objects with shared properties. Using classes reduces time needed for new coding and simplifies changes. Take responsibility for your actions. For someone with that much experience, you can't answer this stupid question? I do interviews and hires and if you gave me that lame excuse, I would terminate the interview on the spot. Every resume I look at looks the same (same experience, job titles, job responsibility). You need to make the difference in the interview, this is what distinguish you from the other 100 candidates. Hate to say it but, with the economy the way it is, it is easier to be choosy on who I hire. Show More Responses This guy (interview candidate) is hilarious, those three questions are the most fundamental concept of OOP, and he consider OOP entry-level? LOL. What have you done at Microsoft? Non-programming related job? Go back to any college and take a CIS 200 level class. Experience at Microsoft is not a pass for interview questions.

### Senior Technical Consultant at Appirio was asked...

Sep 29, 2012
 Is the Salesforce.com/Force.com platform a "relational database"? 5 Answers It's up for your interpretation... Yes it is, the platform is built on top of an oracle relational database. @Gary just because the Force.com platform is built ON TOP of a relational database doesn't mean that it technically is one. It may have some similar constructs to a relational database, but it has some unique characteristics that make it markedly different, and also lacks some distinctive characterstics of a relational database. If I was interviewing you and you told me that the Force.com platform is a relational database because it was built on an Oracle DB I would give you +.01 points for knowing some relatively useless trivia about the underlying architecture and -10 points for not understanding the unique characteristics and limitations of the platform. Show More Responses I think it falls under the object-relational umbrella. Sure it does relationships, but it does more than that, and with the abstraction of the API you never really get at the full relational structure of the underlying oracle DB. Answer number four is good I accidentally marked it as a negative

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Sep 17, 2009

### Management Consulting Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton was asked...

Nov 26, 2012
 "What else can you tell me that would make me interested in hiring you?" 3 Answers I gave examples of previous experiences and how I, step by step, addressed a specific business problem from start to finish and I emphasized that these business skills would translate over to the interviewer's company. Ask yourself a question: Have you ever behaved like you believe a BAH employee would? I have. I work with BAH employees, and from the outside looking in I can name a few behavioral traits that make me a good fie: Integrity, Professionalism and Competence. Read the company's core value statements and make sure to take ownership of them. *fit not "fie".

### Associate Consultant at Liberty Mutual Insurance was asked...

Feb 23, 2011
 How many people can you fit into texas? 5 Answers All the people in the world will fit in Texas. Added to the previous comment: if with the population density of NYC. Depends on how much cubic feet of space each person requires; then requires analysis of total people in world/usa, and total space they require. Then compare with total space in Texas. Show More Responses If they are just occupying the space and there is no need to live there, the entire population of the world could theoretically be in Texas at the same time. Presuming you aren't given the size of texas... Population of New York City: 8 million. Population of the world? 7 billion. Could you fit 1000 New York Cities in to Texas? Probably not. You can check it with numbers, 300sq mi for NYC, 250k sq mi for Texas. You could then go a step further and say that if we were only concerned with how many people can we cram in there, then we could probably increase the density of NYC by an order of magnitude at least, in which case yes, we could probably fit the whole world in there. An assumption that you can fit NYC in a 100 times (a reasonable if not low estimate), and that you could probably fit 80 million people in to New York city if they all squeeze together, you would get a total fit of about 8 billion people could fit in Texas.

Nov 8, 2011