I had my consulting assessment centre with Deloitte last week and was lucky enough to get an offer. As i’m sure you know it’s a full day thing with lunch included (pizza express, not too shabby). It all kicks off with an E-tray (based on the Trafford Lea scenario on the website) which if I’m being honest is pretty straightforward so I would recommend against scouring through the internet doing practice ones because they will probably just get you more worried. All you have to do is answer e-mails with a multiple choice response based on info given to you and common sense. Stuff like who to contact for certain types of info based on an organisational chart and who to put on tasks based on tables outlining their skills and availability. It’s pretty simple so I wouldn’t lose sleep about it.
Then comes the written exercise which is based on the same case, and you have to write an e-mail response about which of 3 possible companies should be acquired. It’s one of those where it doesn’t matter what you choose as long as you back it up with sound reasoning. You also have to kind of make rough notes as you have to present your choice to the partner at the end of the day. I mean I ended just repeating what I said in the e-mail, elaborating on things I didn’t have time to type in.
Then after lunch, where you get to pick the brains of Deloitte analysts, comes the group exercise. Pretty standard scenario where you’re given a brief and as a group have to come up with the best solution. But I must say that I thought it was a very poor group exercise, designed to fail. In mine everyone was given different info to argue and the task was stupid, it was an absolute shambles. In the partner interview afterwards when he asked how I though it went, I was honest and said it was terrible and that we weren’t efficient at all and made the wrong decision. He agreed and said that was a more favourable answer than if I had bullshitted about working well as a team and being cohesive, because we were not. Then after the brief presentation on the written exercise from earlier in the day, you get the usual motivational stuff like why Deloitte, who else have you applied for, what do you think you will be doing blah blah. The best advice I can give is be honest and don’t blag because the interviewer will be onto you in a second. He asked me something that I didn’t know the answer to and as I began talking out my ass, he stopped me and told me the answer. My guy was very quick to get the right info out of me and although he was nice enough, he was very much about getting to the point, so like I said don’t talk crap. I blagged some of my competency interview as I’m sure some of you did but the partner one is different. If you can stay clam, be confident and make your points clear and concise you should be fine.
They rang me like 20 minutes after I had left with the news so you will know fairly quickly how you did. The whole day before you go may seem daunting but they make you comfortable and it really isn’t that bad. You’re not in competition with the other candidates so can develop good relationships with them, although mine were complete douchbags thinking they were the dogs bollocks and trying to dominate everything (including lunch!). It doesn’t impress. I was confident in myself and honest in my answers and got through