Just thought it is a good idea to share my experience of Aon’s AC as I found it the most intense one I have ever attended. Hopefully, this would be of some help to you guys. I applied for Investment Consulting Graduate position in London. Interestingly enough, there was only online tests (numerical, verbal and situational judgement test) without a telephone interview. In mid-November I was invited to an AC in the beginning of December.
- Group exercise- more of a debate between 4 people on a certain topic. Each participant has one extra piece of information that nobody has and each one had to argue a point and try to convince the rest of us.
- Written exercise- there was half an hour to familiarise with it and then there was a role play with an assessor from whom one needs to extract the necessary information to complete the written task.
- Presentation: two people present topics that were prepared beforehand. 3 assessors take notes and ask questions. Candidates also need to ask at least one question.
- Lunch with all the assessors- good opportunity to mingle and make good impression. They say it is not assessed, but it is a crucial time when social skills and keen interest can be demonstrated and leave a good impression.
- Finishing the written exercise and doing some numerical problems. Everyone found them very hard. We had to estimate the return of the money put into various funds. But there is information about change in value of the fund and amount of money divested or invested into the fund. Too complex in my opinion for graduate applicants.
- Interview- 45 mins answering random questions from a list of 100-odd questions given to every assessor. There is no particular structure, questions are left to assessor’s discretion. I was asked about everything from why Aon? who the competitors are and what distinguishes Aon to how many bricks are the in london?
- Group discussion: there are a number of compalints received by a client and within a group of 4 we had to come up with solutions.
- Role play- after coming up solutions, we split into groups of two and had a meeting with the “client” to resolve the problem and handle the complaints personally.
It all sounds very daunting but there were breaks in between and people were nice, so overall it was a good experience. And yet one of the more challenging AC I have attended.