Great learning and great co-workers
Stressful with lots of work
I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Monitor Group.
Monitor Deloitte MENA (Dubai) First, I was invited to complete an online test, which was basic arithmetic and SAT math. The test was timed- you're given very little time (in the "couple of minutes" range- not the "one hour" that was publicized). Don't panic. You'll want to efficiently complete as many questions as possible (I didn't finish, but was able to get more than half right with complete confidence that they were all correct answers). (Advice: Attend a webinar. Monitor Deloitte's Dubai office does offer one. It will help you receive this invitation.) After a week, you'll be invited to a first round interview. Nothing difficult here- you'll have to complete a case study interview. Be sure to engage the interviewer with confidence and to explain and show your work, step-by-step, in an organized manner. (Your interviewer will collect your work.) My interviewer was kind enough to guide me at times, so exhibiting humility was essential. In addition to the case interview, there was a routine behavioral interview with the same interviewer. Be prepared to go over your resume, to explain your interest in consulting and in the specific office, and to articulate your strengths and interests. Finally, after ~10 days, I was invited for a final interview in Boston. This consisted of a group case study interview: you and a collection of fellow candidates have 30 minutes to read the same ~20 pages of literature consisting of emails, memos, charts, etc. You'll want to exhibit good time management, skim through literature, and take notes on important trends you've gathered through analyzing the data. A macro view of the company's situation will be key. Afterwards, each candidate will be assigned 3-5 unique questions pertaining to the case and will be given 15 minutes to prepare answers, which will be presented publicly to the group at-large. Each presentation lasts ~10 minutes with ~5 additional minutes of questioning. Use the white board as you would use your notepad during an individual case study- show key elements of your work- equations, diagrams, etc.- and circle your answers. Engage your peers, be confident, and don't be afraid to ask questions. Act as if they are your teammates. (Advice 1: be sure you are answering the questions you've been assigned. It's very easy to accidentally answer others' assigned questions). (Advice 2: take good notes in your pad; the interviewers claimed that they don't look at the notes, but it wasn't exactly clear that this was the case. (Advice 3: don't be afraid to press your colleagues with questions- follow up on disagreements and don't beat around the bush! My group was very civil and kind to one another, and nobody wanted to truly challenge a colleague's argument or answer (in other words, nobody was an ultra-competitive tool). This actually bugged one of the senior interviewers! A more junior interviewer did not share his colleague's sentiments.) Afterwards, you are treated to lunch- a great opportunity to chat with the other candidates. This was personally a great experience since the group of people I was with were very friendly and supportive of one another. The three interviewers who were taking notes at the group interview will pull each person out one-by-one for the behavioral part of the interview. You will take part in two-three behavioral interviews. You'll be asked to evaluate and critique your own performance. You'll also be asked typical cookie-cutter questions like "describe your strengths and weaknesses." Finally, be prepared to ask some questions. (Advice: Pray that you don't get the last interview. One of my colleagues told me that they were almost forgotten, that their final interview consisted of little substance, and that they were rushed). Overall, the interview process was a great learning experience. I thoroughly enjoyed my interviewers and the other candidates' company. Unfortunately, the same couldn't be said of the HR Department of Monitor Deloitte's Dubai Office. While other major firms (e.g. McKinsey, Simon-Kucher, etc.) had the decency to follow-up with a personal call and with interview feedback in the same day or week, the Dubai office failed to send me any information re: my status. This happened despite a thank you note and an inquiry. After a month of silence, I called the firm with the given extension, and I learned the extension didn't exist. Then, I sent a kind email and received an automated reply- a denial- within a few hours. I received a second rejection email almost a month later. Such protocol is understandable after a 1st round interview, but minimal courtesy is to be expected after a final interview from an elite firm. Unfortunately, another candidate I know had the same distasteful experience with the Dubai office last year. (Fortunately, I've found through personal experience that the HR department in the U.S. offices is very responsive, timely, and considerate).