I just received a job offer from Deloitte for consulting last week. As I got a lot of help from this website, I thought I should share my experience with all of you.
Like most firms, the first stage is an online application form. This is pretty standard with questions such as why Deloitte and why Consulting. The next stage is online test. Once again, standard SHL numerical and verbal reasoning tests. There are sample questions and you can do practice tests beforehand with SHL.
Once you have past the online test, the next stage is an e-tray exercise. The exercise consists of two parts, an email answering part and a report writing part. Both parts are very time-pressurised so it is essential that you keep an eye on the clock and plan ahead carefully. If you are stuck on one of the email, move on. The email answering part is one hour long and you have to answer roughly 20 emails. You should spend around 5-10 mins at the start to read all the information and then spend roughly 2 mins per email. You don’t have to actually write a reply, but merely select one of the three options that you think is the best. The report writing part is fair straight forward. There’s no right or wrong answer, it analyses your ability to argue persuasively. You can’t use spell check so make sure your spellings and grammars are correct.
The next stage is an assessment centre. This consists of three parts; a group exercise, a case study and a partner interview. For the group exercise, you will be in a team of eight. You will have 25 mins to agree to a proposal. Each person represents an option and you have to argue your option in front of the team, but the team has to agree on one option is the end. So you have to balance how strongly you want to argue for your case and the need to collaborate and reach a sensible conclusion. After the group exercise, you will have a case study. You will have 15 mins to read the case study before going into your partner interview. Your partner interview is mainly competency based, so make sure you know the seven competencies Deloitte asks for and think of examples when you have demonstrated those competencies. Also prepare for standard questions such as why Deloitte, why consulting and etc. The competency part of the interview lasts for about 45 mins, then you will move on to the case study. The case study part lasts for 15 mins - 30 mins and it is a quite standard business case. Don’t worry too much about it.
You should hear back within 5 days after the assessment centre. If you pass, you will move on to the final stage, the final partner interview. This interview is usually very relaxed. It is more like a chat than an interview. What they are really trying to find out is whether you have the right personality for Deloitte. The final interview involves a short presentation. You will get the title of your presentation when you receive your invitation for the final interview. The presentation assesses your commercial awareness and is followed by 15 mins of Q+A session. Once again, don’t worry too much about it, as long as you have prepared well, you should be fine. After the Q+A session, the interview will ask some questions focusing on your knowledge of Deloitte and the programme. So make sure you know the programme well and prepared for standard questions as why Deloitte and why consulting. They may also ask you curve-ball questions such as tell me about the challenges Deloitte face and give me 3 good points and 3 bad points about consulting. If a question catches you out, just remain calm, take a min to think about it then give a structured answer. Finally, the interview might also ask about division that you are applying to. So if you are applying to technology, they may ask you about recent developments in the technology industry. This is to check that you have a genuine interest in the division you have applied.
After the final interview, you should hear back within 3 working days. Sometimes they may call you the evening of your interview and sometimes it might take longer.
I hope that helps, feel free to leave questions and I will try to answer them asap. Good luck all.