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Business Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Accenture in April 2013.
Interview Details This was the first process of the interview which was the phone call. Progressing from that would have led to the first face to face, there would be a second face to face before securing the job can be guaranteed.
Interview Question – The interviewer asked: What is your biggest achievement besides anything you might have stated in your CV. It also has to be related to your profession. What would you change here if you were given the chance? View Answer
Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Accenture.
Interview Details Hiring process was semi formal, my manager had worked with hiring manager, plus a friend had moved across. Three sets of interviews , first consulting case, second technical and third HR. the consulting case was more role play. The technical interview went through all the projects from the past. The HR interview was agreeing on time of joining and delaying the reference check until i wanted my then employers to know of my planed move.
Interview Question – Nothing stood out Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiated for pay and joining dates
Graduate Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Accenture in August 2013.
Interview Details Pre-interview phase: consisting of four short essays (roughly 500 words, a little more). Basically, you'll need to really research the website in order to answer the questions (what's a day of an analyst like? What do we do in our consulting?)
Telephone Interview: Three part interview consisting of questions on competency, the company, and a test case study. Pretty simple stuff if you've done the research for the previous questions.
Assessment day: Longer test case with other candidates testing your ability to work together and develop a project plan. Also consists of another competency overview.
Interview Question – It's not difficult, but the question that sometimes catches people off guard: "Who are our competitors? In what areas?" Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Isn't one really
Grad ACG Role Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and interviewed at Accenture.
Interview Details Tough telephone interview (relatively) - 6 competency questions, usually organisations ask for 3. The other questions are available from wikijobs. I faired ok, but the competition must be very intense and didn't get an offer. I had prepared for the casestudy which was on a supermarket with out of stock products. I'm 99% sure my downfall was a lack of a very strong interest in technology, I didn't flag up much of an interest in it in the initial answers and in the case study, whilst I was good on the analysis, I didn't flag up where technology would be coming in (although I implied it in terms of analytics for example), and I didn't do well on the follow up q. on tech.
Supply Chain and Procurement Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Accenture.
Interview Details Interview with HR followed by 2 competency based interviews with line manager and a senior manager above her
Interview Question – Most questions were fairly typical for competency based interviews. Nothing too unexpected. Answer Question
Senior Consultant Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Accenture in April 2011.
Interview Details Surprisingly easy.
Step 1 - Phone call with an existing member of staff around the level you are going for. Questions around core competencies and experiences " tell about a time when you........"
Step 2 - In person interview with an MD - basic questions about why you want to work there, strengths and weaknesses etc, then a mini case study but a fairly easy one in my case
Step 3 - HR interview - more core competency questions and basic admin stuff
Negotiation Details – Market was bad and I was desperate for a job so I didn't negotiate salary but should have done in hindsight
User Experience Interview (Positive Experience)
I applied online and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at Accenture in May 2013.
Interview Details Initial phone call, meeting in person, business case and last phone call from HR
Interview Question – About management skills from HR Answer Question
Placement Student Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Accenture
Interview Details First round telephone interview. This consisted mostly of competency based questions, such as leadership experience, and how i would deal with different situations. This also involved a very basic case study. The phone interview lasted about 30 minutes and was very pleasant, the interviewer clearly knew what he was doing.
Interview Question – We had to do a case study and then present it, and then when I was presenting it, the parameters got changed and had to adapt quickly Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Had an offer from another company that I valued more
Systems Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Accenture in July 2011.
Interview Details 1 HR interview followed by a 1:1 interview with a senior manager. Questions on functional area - project mgmt. few theoretical questions on project mgmt followed by situation questions. interview was fairly easy and straightforward. Having the right experience previously tells them you are eligible for the job, by asking you questions about the job they make sure you can do this advertised job, anything extra that you bring on the table will increase your chances of hiring
Interview Question – Tell me of the most difficult situation and how did you handle it, how will you motivate your remote team members, if you joined a project as a project manager what would you do in the first week Answer Question
Negotiation Details – no negotiation. take it or leave it.
Strategy Consultant-Financial Service Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Accenture in August 2013.
Interview Details Pretty standard Accenture process.
1. tel interview with a manager for fit and motivation type of question and also one "tell me about an interested project you worked on". Expect follow up questions on your case. I was discussing an interesting profitability project that I worked on lately. the manager asked me what was my approach and what exactly did I do.Key take away here is structuring, she wanted to see if there is a strategic process involved and whether this is repeatable.
2. HR interview - typical fit, "competency based questions of the sort, telling me about a situation where you ....... (im really bored of this, plenty of this kind of questions can be found online, I wont waste my words here...)
3. Case interview - not like typical Mck, Bain, BCG. A very generic M&A situation of two banks which have completely different business model, operating model, business procedure, vision, ethic etc.... the question is if they are able to merge, what are the issues you need you consider.
The structuring was very obvious since the case basically gave it all out (business strategy, operating model, technology,business ethic). But expect detailed follow up questions I each area, the interviewer will keep probing you see why you choose to analyse this areas- are you doing this for a strategic reason AKA (what was your hypothesis), or are you just fishing for information
There was virtually no maths involved, everything was very much high level and vague and as a candidate, one can not give data driven analysis to back up one's hypothesis.
Not sure what's gonna happen next. Accenture told me they are unable to tell me whether there will be an MD interview after this or they are able to make a yes/ no call as how it is. I I am under the impressive somehow that they seemed to imply that this is just for my case, but not for others! I find this very strange. The interviewer told me that I will be told of the result in 10 days. My interview was on Tuesday 20th. So still waiting to see what happens.
Overall, it's a lengthen process, it took two month to progress from the day I applied to the stage I am in just now....
But let, me say that:
1 I was really quite impressed with Accenture since the manager who did the tel interview with me sounds like someone who really knows what strategy consulting is and is highly ambitious and capable. I immediately deduced that she must come from a management consulting background since I did not have to explain all the consulting jargons I used and she was able to follow and understand exactly what I was talking about.
2. unlikely most other strategy houses, Accenture has a execution team in house (something like 30% rev comes from out sourcing for this firm). This is THE KEY reason I applied for the role. To gain an understanding of the execution side of work is crucial for a viable strategy to go live and Accenture is a firm that can offer it's employ this exposure.
Interview Question – what are the evaluation metrics (specific) you would use to measure the progress of the project if you have 50 initiatives View Answer
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