I wanted to share my overall personal experience and tips with prospective graduate job seekers (in a rush so grammar not proof read). I recently received 2 job offers for Consulting positions from both Deloitte and Accenture. Didn’t bother applying any more although regret not trying MBBB firms!
I did my master’s in electronic engineering from Imperial College London. Honestly, that doesn’t matter as long as you’re from a fairly decent university as people from Aston uni (my undergrad) and others do fairly well too if your application form and extra curricular experiences are good.
For the online tests they’re not too hard (Accenture doesn’t have any tests for eg.). Just do few practice ones which are free on SHL/PSL/Saville Consulting sites and dive in! I failed few too…sometimes you could get a friend to help (no moral police please…we all do it) you if you’re not confident but make sure you also work and see and understand them cos some company’s retest. I did fail a few tests (KPMG, atos origin) but mostly they’re general maths n addition/multiplication/percentages based.
For the interview and assessment centres…it’s WIKIJOBS WIKIJOBS WIKIJOBS!! This site saved my a&& seriously. Every thing u need to know (inc. specific questions and case scenarios asked) is available on the multiple discussion threads, esp. for big companies like accenture/deloitte/pwc etc etc etc… Read/search/read/search and ask people for more info. You have everything here so just prepare/cram up/fake ur personality etc.
In interviews speak honestly and confidently and don’t appear robotic or pre-prepared. Know examples for competency questions but don’t cram em up cos you’ll get even more nervous if u try to follow a learnt speech. If u know the example in ur head…it’s easy to speak about it. Engage the interviewer and sound excited and fresh! In assessment centres work fast and don’t be scared…everyone else is…just stay calm and focus and WORK FAST! It helps being good with case scenarios…I love them!
Also pay attention to application form questions/cover letters…put effort into them and use good language and personal touches like “I don’t want to work for or settle for second best blah blah”…it works!! Don’t just copy from their site…use ur words…they understand.
For the company just few hours research on their graduate and main sites and on google/wikipedia for news is enough and not that hard to do. U have to put in effort at the end of the day.
Hope that helps…be confident and believe in yourself. If you’re not a native English speaker like me (on paper, but I’m comfortable with English being an Indian from a big city) then put in effort to improve your grammar/accent/pronunciation (PwC telephone interviewer rejected me cos apparently she struggled to understand me at time…what BS!). Let me know if u need any thing else.
In March when EY rejected me in the final round (my first ever application), I was gutted and felt like crap until last Friday…when I received both my offers!
PLAY THE GAME AND ENJOY IT…like u have a choice haha!