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Accenture final assessment (and what about Strategy slots?)

 
#1 Accenture final assessment (and what about Strategy slots?)
17/02/2003 00:00

Steve

Hi there. I've got a final round call in London from Accenture and have been wondering what it involves. They send a great briefing but I would appreciate views from anybody who's either gone through the process or is an insider. Do the cases involve any sort of technological aspect or are they the sort of strategy cases you can find on the net? What exactly is the creative group exercise? What do they ask in the final interview?

An important query that I've had is around how many slots do they have in Strategy? Is it tough to get into Strategy? What sort of candidates do they look for to put into Strategy? Would previous work ex be an important factor?

Quite a long list eh? I would be really pleased to hear from anybody who's gone through the process or knows about it otherwise.

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#2 Re: Accenture final assessment (and what about Strategy slots?)
23/02/2003 00:00

Theodore

As far as I know Accenture doesn't do a half decent job in strategy consulting. If you are serious about it I would recommend you get into a true strategy firm like McKinsey. It may be a little difficult with the current state of the economy but it would probably be a better long-term bet. I hope that answers your last questions. About the first few, I don't know but what I say comes from experience of working with the guys at Accenture.

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#3 Re: Accenture final assessment (and what about Strategy slots?)
26/02/2003 00:00

Kam Eftekhar

Why go to a Chinese restaurant for Italian food?!

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#4 Re: Accenture final assessment (and what about Strategy slots?)
27/02/2003 00:00

Steve

God, you guys are depressing! Is it really that bad? I thought that with their size, Accenture can match the pure strategy consultants at least with numbers.

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#5 Re: Accenture final assessment (and what about Strategy slots?)
01/03/2003 00:00

Nigel

Does anyone actually have any info about the final round interview (the structure/content of the case study), what is the nature of the creative exercise, what are they looking for etc etc? I'd rather hear about that then folks bitching about whether Accenture is a capable stratgy provider or not!

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#6 I've been through the second round etc
02/03/2003 00:00

Robert

Steve, the information that you mention is pretty substantial. Read carefully the notes with regards what Accenture is looking for in a 2nd round candidate - it is not a trick and the criteria are there on a plate for you to perform to if you want to get the offer. In a year intake of c. 250-300 only about 8 slots or so will be officially Strategy and at this stage perhaps not available to you. However, Strategy is a service line which is certainly possible to enter once the first two or so years are up. The case studies themselves are, as stated directed towards team-working, and with commonsense are very navigable.

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#7 Re: Accenture final assessment (and what about Strategy slots?)
03/03/2003 00:00

Bob

Steve, I would imagine a lot of the bitching about Accenture is at least partly a result of envy. As far as I can gather, Accenture is a company that takes care of its employees better than most. Then there are the consultants working at the "proper" strategy consultants (Boston, McKinsey, Bain) who believe themselves to be so much better and more able than the "second-class" Accenture strategy consultants. However, Accenture is chiefly an IT consultancy that offers strategy advice as part of the other services it offers. Hence one thing that makes Accenture special is the breadth of services that it can offer a client.

From the point of view of a graduate looking to start off on a career, I don't think anyone should diss a strategy position at Accenture. Its not like its piss easy to get into any of the top employers, and even more difficult to get into the pure strategy firms. Note: Accenture's official line is that you have to indicate at the beginning of the recruitment process whether you want to go for a tech consulting position or a strategy one, and you can't change your mind later on in the process.

Now on to the 2nd round: I think the reason why you have trouble finding detailed information about the assessment exercises is that nobody wants to make it easier for anyone else. Thing is, even if I told you what they involved, you wouldn't be able to prepare any better. You should be looking forward to the challenge of tackling a new problem and working with a group of highly motivated people. If you don't enjoy that kind of work, you shouldn't be applying for the position. Good luck.

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#8 Re: Accenture final assessment (and what about Strategy slots?)
20/03/2003 00:00

What

Bob do U work for Accenture or What?

Give it a rest...eh

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#9 Re: Accenture final assessment (and what about Strategy slots?)
24/04/2003 00:00

LONDON2004

Hi,

Having previously worked for "real strategy" consultancy (one of the top 5) I also used to join the common Accenture mocking sessions. I now work for Acenture strategy and have good basis for comparison. The work is interesting (and certainly more of it - my utilisation rate approaching 100%) and, above all, the training Accenture provides for Strategy is excellent, in fact much better than at my previous employer. True, there is a strong IT slant on most projects, but I have also done some "pure" strategy work.

Having spent two good years here I am now off to a business school (have applied to LBS, IMD and INSEAD with 100% success rate) - I think that the Accenture strategy consultants' profiles show that the "second rate" image is receding fast.

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