Big congrats on making it to your AC day! You’re assessment day seems to be very different from my own experience. I began the day with a e-tray exercise, break for lunch, then a group exercise followed by a partner interview.
In the group exercise you have to just make sure you speak and give some further input. You are asked to come to a conclusion AS A GROUP on an investment strategy. Ask questions to the others and take time to show you are listenting to others when they are speaking. They do not expect a right answer. It is about using your negotiating skills and listening to others. DO NOT ARGUE WITH OTHERS! they hate that. It shows that you cannot negotiate but just put across the main advantages of your investment and don’t be afaird to say look there are some disads as well. Apparently in one AC day they all went crazy at each other, fighting that theirs was the best investment and during their interview were heavily criticised for it.
During my partner interview, I was interviewed initially on a section of the e-tray exercise. I had to justify a decision I had made. So if you do get a e-tray make some good notes ie ads/disads on each of the 3 ideas given. You are allocated time to do notes but just double check I made mine along the way. You may/may not be allowed to take these notes in to the interview. Initially we were told we could revise jsut before the interview but then were allowed to take them in. The partner then moved on to competencies (3ques) like,when have you experienced a challenging time? how well do you work under pressure? what do you do to de-stress? then I was asked about a time where I had to consider economic factors in work or uni experience? I waffled this one. There were two partners interviewing a total of 6 ie 3 for each partner and as I was in the last group to be interviewed I got to hear what others went through just before me. They came back saying they were asked things that later were differrent from my own. Be wary though some just say that to put you off going in…yes immature and ridiculous I know but it’s a competitive world.
My main piece of advice: do not let other’s egos intimidate you. I walked into the building and everyone was discussing all their acheivements in life…bigging themselves up to intimidate you. (one girl: I studied in oxford and did a year in America" good for you love!! lol) Just ignore it. Half of it is probably bullshit and they are the ones with insecurities if they feel they have to intimIdate you at the beginning. Play it cool, chat with them talk about your degree and general things. They brought down some analysts to chat with us before hand. They are great and if you have any questions ask them!
I think the interviewer saw that I was a real person with more than my academics who had been through more life experiences and coud cope with the working world as I have good basic skills from my job working in a clothes store.
What area of consultancy have you applied to?