Hi Just thought I would share my experience with the Accenture Experienced Hire interview process.
First Round Interview
First round was a 40 min telephone interview. Very straightforward competency based questions. We covered 2 main questions:
• Tell me of a time where you had to motivate a team?
• Tell me of a time when you had to manage a number of problems within a project?
As always I used the STAR approach, going into detail about the situation (make it interesting to draw the person in at this stage). Really make it clear what the task/issue was, why was it an issue, how would it impact you etc. Be really detailed about the actions you took, what were your options, why you chose your course of action and how/if it impacted other. Lastly, the result, what was the outcome, how did it impact the project/task etc.
The interviewer dug deeper in each of the questions, asking probing questions; who was impacted, what would you have done differently so helps to use a recent and REAL example.
2nd round interview
Case study with Partner or Managing Director as they are called now.
First of all, the MD introduced himself, his experience etc and give a chance to introduce yourself. We went onto the case study next. Main points to consider:
• Understand the situation - read what the case study is asking for not what you hoped it would as for
• Outline the issues
• How you would asses them
• What you would advise
o This is important; outline 2 to 3 options for the company, the pros and cons of each and which you would go for.
o Be ready for challenge and don’t be afraid to disagree – as long as it makes sense.
• How you would implement them – this is what sets Accenture apart from other consulting firms – they implement as well as advise so the HOW is as important as the WHAT in the case study
15 mins to read the case study and gather my thought. This was followed by talking through the case study. The discussion lasted for about 15 mins.
After we finished the case study discussion, we had a general chat around my motivation to move, skills and career aspirations. The specific questions asked where:
• Why do you want to move from your existing role?
• What skills can you bring to the team?
• Why should I hire you?
• Where do you see your career going?
• How do you think you will fit into the team?
The interview then turned to more of a casual talk around the direction the firm was heading, project work, business development work and then questions that I had.
All in all, the MD interview felt more of a conversation rather than a interview. The MD I was with was really pleasant and we got on really well.
The HR interview stumbled me a little, I was expecting an hour of competency based questions where I would have to show my skills and experience, it was slightly different. I was told form the offset that it would last about 40 mins, start of with some motivational questions, followed by a couple of competency and then some ‘housekeeping’ questions.
Motivation questions where similar to the ones asked within the MD interview. These were;
• Why do you want to move?
• What do you know about Accenture?
• What will be your biggest challenge if you move?
• Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Competency questions included:
• Tell me of a time where you had to manage a conflict?
• Tell me of a time when you had to work with an underperforming team?
As with the telephone interview, really dig into detail here, use the STAR technique to answer the question.
Housekeeping question where really around understanding your position if you choose to accept an offer:
• Current salary
• Notice period
• Non-compete clauses
We then had an open discussion around Accenture and how they integrate new members into the team and any questions I had etc.
Overall, I was quite impressed with Accenture and the people I had met and walked away with a very positive impression.
I was happy with the way the interview went so whether I was offered the role or not, I knew I had done my best to show my skills. Luckily I got a call just under a week later with an offer! Happy days. Can’t wait to transition over to my new role.