Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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1 person found this helpfulInterview Details
First there was an online interview. Easy questions about your skills and about the role of a consultant. That was followed by an assessment centre. It contained a written test, a group case and mini interviews. The day was very well organised and laid back.Interview Questions
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- What has been your biggest disappointment? Answer Question
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Online application with 3 questions such as : Why Capco? Why Consulting? In the current Financial Services climate, what do you think Capco should be concentrating on?
Then invited for a video interview with 3 additional questions (30 sec to prepare 60 sec to answer) all fairly easy, such as describe a time that you have been part of a team what was your role etc.Interview Questions
- what do you think of retail banking vs online banking? Answer Question
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Online application form - very simple
Video interview - three basic questions - why capco, how your team mates would describe you, changes in banking industry over next 10 years
Assessment centre - group exercise, numerical/verbal/logical test, speed interviews, Q&A with current employees
Final interview with partner and HR - half and hour for eachInterview Questions
- What three aspects makes a good consultancy firm? Answer Question
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Stage 1: Answer Online Questions
Stage 2: Record yourself answering 3 questions. Already been mentioned elsewhere, all fairly simple.
Stage 3: Assessment Centre. Split into groups. Consists of a short, but relatively easy, maths test. A group exercise where you have to read an M&A case and present your findings as 'Capco' to the client company doing the merger on your findings and recommendations. Finally, 3 quick-fire interview questions that are mainly conversational and are trying to see how relaxed and confident you are. Everyone always asks you 'Why consultancy?'
Stage 4: Final interview with head of HR, a senior consultant and a "partner".
Stage 4 of the process was handled horribly by HR and really put me off the company. I had a telephone interview scheduled with a senior consultant (was told it would be a partner but hey-ho) for 12 noon on a Friday. By 2pm I had no contact from anyone and so had to chase HR up about what was going on. At 4pm I got an email saying he was busy at client site and would have to reschedule for Monday (wasn't told when). Monday rolls around and again by 2pm no contact from anyone, I chase up HR who get back to me at 5pm telling me they can do the interview in half an hour. Telephone interview finally gets underway, the consultant seemed completely disinterested (obviously had better things to do) and lasted 12 minutes. Simple questions and answers that I had already been asked at every stage before.
Ultimately I was rejected and the only feedback was "despite your good interviews we felt you did not have the necessary experience". I believe this is something that they could have told me at the beginning of the process to save everyone time.
Advice to CAPCO: the application process is the opportunity not just for candidates to impress you, but for you to impress the candidates. If they see you can't organise a telephone interview then that does not bode well for the candidate.Interview Questions
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- Talk to me about the LIBOR scandal. If you were the CEO of Barclays Bank what would be your 3 main concerns? Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Capco in August 2014.Interview Details
Online application with the following questions: What is your reason for applying to Capco? , What attracts you to the field of consulting? , In the current Financial Services climate, what do you think Capco should be concentrating on?
I was consequently invited to a video interview. I was informed the following day that I had passed the interview stage and had been invited to an AC for the following day, unfortunately I was unable to attend. I emailed HR to inform them that I was away and that I would return to London within a week. However, after a week of numerous unanswered calls on Capco's behalf, I was informed that all places on the scheme had been filled and that I should reapply for next years' intake.Interview Questions
No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
- What do you think is the future in the Financial Service? Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took a week – interviewed at Capco.Interview Details
Five stage process. Made it through the initial phone interview with HR rep, then invited for two back to back interviews with a consultant and a PM first, followed by another HR rep. Unfortunately didn't make it through to the next round which is apparently another two interviews with HR rep and then Business Partner. I stumbled on one question that involved in depth knowledge of trading which I unfortunately do not have but do not feel that this was really an issue or the reason I didn't get progressed as it is a management consultancy and I was applying for the general area of capital markets which I have worked in for a number of years in several large financial institutions and therefore have enough knowledge to apply towards several specialisms within this area. The consultant struck me immediately as if he was not interested in the interviewing process at all and had a typical financial professional persona of a BS artist at its finest. Basically talks a lot but nothing to back it up and then did not take at all to having basic interviewee questions asked his way which he then stumbled on more than I did on a technical question.Interview Questions
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- What new ideas and/or innovations can you bring to the company? Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Capco in May 2014.Interview Details
1. First applied online through a form with basic questions such as: what can you bring to CAPCO? why consulting and why CAPCO?.
2.Then a few weeks later got invited to a video interview. It was very short, about 1min to answer each questions (3 questions in total): how would your colleagues/team mates describe you? How do you see the future of financial services? and the last one I don't remember but something like why CAPCO? or tell me about yourself. Easy stuff.
3. After a week they sent me an e-mail with the group assessment invite. 3 parts: short test, fire interview and case group (an m&a between 2 banks). Pretty fast and exciting, no difficult questions: why CAPCO and not the big 4, why should we not hire you, what question should I ask you next, what makes you more special than the other candidates? The test is basic maths, no calculator needed.
4. It only took 2-3 days to get another e-mail with the invite for the final round. 3 interviews: principal consultant, head of HR and a Partner. Same type of questions as in the previous stage.
5. The day after the interviews they called with the offer and sent the contract.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsNo negotiation was needed.Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
- tell me about a time your work was criticized and how did you deal with it. Answer Question
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I applied online – interviewed at Capco in April 2014.Interview Details
Applied online, answered three questions - "What is your reason for applying to Capco?", "What attracts you to the field of Consulting?", "In the current Financial Service Climate, what do you think Capco should be concentrating on?".
Was invited to do a video interview, another three questions; "Why are you applying to Capco? What do you think the role of an Associate involves?", "Tell us about a complex group problem, what would you team members say about you" and "What do you think is the future in the Financial Service.."(Or something like that. 30 sec to prepare, 60 sec to answer.
Good and quick communication, no hard questions.Interview Questions
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- "Tell us about a complex group problem, what would you team members say about you?" Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Capco in March 2014.Interview Details
So the first part of the process is an online application with a short video interview basic questions; how would you describe yourself? what changes do you see happening in Banking in the next few years?
Second part is an assessment day:
Fairly standard people split in groups then process is as follows;
1. Quick fire interview rounds, questions aren't aimed to catch you out more so to see how you react and answer in pressure situations. Questions vary from why would you be a good consultant to what is a recent book you have read and how was it.
the hard questions are; why shouldn't we hire you? what big changes do see happening in the financial services industry? why would you be a good consultant?
best to stay relaxed in this situation it is more of a way for them to gauge the type of person you are and how confident you are in having a conversation etc.
2. there is then a short aptitude test mix of maths, logical thinking and verbal fairly straight-forward you won't need a calculator for the maths and the verbal is more so you looking for mistakes in a document so attention to key details spelling mistakes etc.
3. Group case study - they split you in groups at the start then that is the group you do a mini presentation with again this is a focus on how you work in a team, communicate and understand a document also they are looking to see how you can articulate as well.
for the most part they want you to be yourself there is plenty of opportunity to talk to other employees without feeling like it's part of the process it's quite informal with them and they want to give you as much information as possible. Advice: Stay calm, relaxed and ask questions when given the opportunity. Also in group exercises look to communicate and add input do not just sit and listen and let others take over.
Longer interview process with three different people one of whom is a partner -
Here there is a greater focus on your CV your past experiences and challenges you have over come etc.
asked a lot of questions as to why Capco and why consultancy? but also be prepared to have an understanding of current issues and changes in financial services as there are questions asked on this and what do you think the scope for the future is etc?
lots of competency questions like a time you were challenged? a time you failed? etc
Finally last part of the process is a written document they want you to write a response to two questions a basic check of your structured writing, spelling and punctuation.Interview Questions
No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
- Why Shouldn't we hire you? Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Capco in March 2014.Interview Details
Applied online and had an telephone screening interview, 3 CV based interviews with HR, partner and managing principal and a case study presentation interview.Interview Questions
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- The partner interview was a quick fire questions looking to do a CV run through that seemed to try and unsettle, it didn't leave much space for interaction and was about capco ticking boxes. Had I received an offer it would make me question why capco didn't try and sell the company more. Answer Question
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