- Analytical thought process:
they give you a bunch of data (graphs, text, surveys) and 5 questions, you have 25 minutes to write bullet point answers to the question
Main test here: to see if you can cope with time pressure without falling apart: get something legible and in line with the data written down for all questions, dosent need to be perfect answer by any means. During the first 5 minutes I was very stressed and couldn’t think of anything to write, but when you get pen to paper you start to calm down and the answers start becoming clear.
- Group exercise: you are given four sections (process, people, technology, strategy), each with four solutions (all given to you in writing) - you need to choose the solutions an ACN consultant is likely to use (high tech, digital, IT transformations)
take structured notes when listening to the exercise brief just before it (so, bullet one with indents, then bullet two with indents etc)… they will want your notes later for reading, the more structured you seem the better!
take leadership from the get-go without looking like you want to take over: there will probably be 4 of you, so say politely “ok, there are 4 of us and 4 sections to study, therefore it seems logical that one of each of us should tackle one area then prsent back the chosen solution to the group and say why… perhaps we can spend 10 minutes reading the solutions to ourselves quitely and the final 20 minutes discussing our solutions… could somebody please be the timekeeper and let us know when 10 minutes are up?.. perhaps somebody else could be the whiteboard scribe when we are jotting down our proposed solutions?”
be painfully nice
try to remember peoples names and address them by their name, but don’t worry if you can’t remember, that won’t be the make or break.
- 1-1 interview - don’t get stressed, you are nearly there at this point. Some basic competency questions (when dealt with difficult situation…) and why accenture (global brand, best technology company), what do you want out of this role (develop a great business orientation, become respected and known within the organisation and promoted to consultant in 2-3 yrs). They also ask you to explain why you chose the solutions you did in the group exercise. Again, stay cool and collected, say something clearly and soundly, if you are mature and intelligent then something will pop into your head to say.