Hi jjsone24 and 1Ger,
I had an individual exercise with pwc, and it was exactly as stated above.
I found it fine, its quite nice to do it on your own as you don’t have to worry about being diplomatic, working around different opinions, you can just work with the information and present the facts!
It was on corporate responsibility, and a company wanting advice on how to spend their budget to improve thier holiday packages.
I was given all the information and left alone to read through it, and work out how the money should best be spent.
At the end of the individual time, it was like a board meeting situation, and I had 20minutes to explain how the money should be spent, and why certain things were more important (all information in the stuff given to you, and abit of common sense!).
The budget was cut before I even had time to speak! So straight away had to readjust - i had kept a note of how much each individual thing would cost, and the overall cost anyway so it was quite easy to do this - but be aware of why you would cut one thing, over something else!!
I gave my presentation of what i thought would be the best thing, and then the budget was cut again, so more readjustments and reasoning for these had to be given.
I finished within the time given and was worried this meant I had missed something out, but I was complimented afterwards on how it was very good that i was clear and too the point and hadn’t waffled on for too long!!
I think the main advice I would give would be to be sure you read the instructions clearly and understand what will be asked of you. Read through the information and make sure you set out the main points you want to bring up in your presentation. Be clear on costings and any problems that may occur with doing certain things and include this as you speak about ir in you presentation to show you have considered all the options. And mainly have reasons for choosing what you do…I don’t think there are any right or wrong answers in this kind of exercise, but you much be logical with your choices and be able to explain them.
Good luck, and give me a shout if you need any more information.