Hi there, I had my assessment centre July 9th, received the offer on the 13th!
The assessment centre is VERY straightforward as long as you are prepared and show that you’re keen for the role.
It consists of two stages which are a group exercise and a 1-on-1 interview lasting around 45 minutes. Other activities (which have no impact on the outcome include a presentation given by a manager at Accenture and a tour of the offices which was interesting).
The group exercise is based around a scenario of Accenture launching some sort of partnership with 10 inner city London schools creating a sort of education social media platform. The initial meeting has been done and there are some notes/takeaways from the meeting which is on the paper you are given. You have to use this information to provide a sort of project timeline including resources that will be needed etc. There are questions you have to answer when discussing although there is no formal presentation at the end. If you have a general interest in technology and demonstrate it whilst contributing I’m sure you’ll do well. As there is no presentation the assessors will ask you one question at the end (you have 30 mins for reading and discussion) based on what you and your group have been discussing. Its usually just clarifying on a point made during your discussion. Remember to talk about yourself - i.e. Client Delivery associates when talking about resources - its why you are there!
The second part is an interview with one of the people who were your assessors in the group exercise. I think they did this because of one question they ask which is “How did you think you did in the group exercise?” and “What would you do again differently if given the chance?” Obviously as they were in the group exercise with you, you need to give an honest answer. Other questions are your typical why Accenture, why this role, Accenture case study example (I used the same example in my online application, video interview and face to face interview which the assessor said was fine) proudest achievement and strengths and weaknesses.
Make sure you think of questions to ask the assessor! It works well in your favour, you can never go wrong with the cliche what is your background and why did you choose Accenture. Also ask questions about the role to show your interest. They’ll also ask about preferred start date either August or October and general allowed to work in the UK questions.
To round up with more cliche tips, know why you want to work for Accenture and let that show through the group and individual tasks. I found it a really pleasant experience, and the other candidates were great too. There were a wide range of backgrounds/degrees in my assessment centre. Also there isn’t a limit on intake numbers, so you’re not in competition with each other. In an ideal world, you could all get an offer!
Any other questions just give me a shout! And good luck!