Hi, I have had so much information from this site I thought i’d give something back. I had an assessment day with Grant Thornton last week and will clarify a few things for you. Firstly, I was nervous as you all will be but try to relax, what really came across is their friendly and supportive culture and everyone I met was very easy to converse with. It’s quite short compared to other assessment days so it’s important to make an impact in both the partner and manager interview.
The partner interview is a 10 minute presentation of a case study on the day. You have 40 minutes to prepare this and there are 2 sections, you must present the main trends in the data, then recommend how the client can improve their business and why. The data is fairly simple but there is quite a bit to analyse in 40 mins and prepare what you are going to say. I didn’t even get to 8 minutes in the presentation but this doesn’t matter as it is content that counts.
The manager interview should be a breeze as you will have already passed the telephone interview and it is almost the same. In fact the manager tried to rush through the competency questions so they could have more of a chat about what to expect and what you want to do and are aware of in terms of future career possibilities. Try to know a little bit about the qualifications you might study and ask questions about their views as it will help you decide if you get the job offer. Also be aware of some recent news, preferably something that is of interest to the department you are applying.
Expect to hear from them in 5 working days, however they can call you quickly. I was offered the job within an hour of leaving the building and called up personally by the partner to congratulate me on a very good presentation. I am not writing this to boast, just to validate my advice in this post as being useful. I hope this helps and wish everybody luck in their career.