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Accenture case studies

 
#1 Accenture case studies
02/05/2007 18:35

anon

I have an Accenture interview coming up - IT Consultant role. I have to do a case study. Will these be the same case studies for the business consulting roles?

It will obviously be harder for me as an IT consultant to perform well in these case studies than a real MC.

I'm a little familiar with some of the business framworks out there, Porters 5 forces etc. that I could use in case studies, and I could do my homework to prepare, but I'm no MBA and I've not done a case study for real.

How should I approach this so I don't look a complete tit at interview.

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#2 RE: Accenture case studies
03/05/2007 15:17

anon to anon (#1)

anyone?

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#3 RE: Accenture case studies
03/05/2007 15:30

anyone to anon (#2)

I did a MC case study where the main issue was "failure in execution". There were some good ideas but a failure to engage everyone in the co. Balanced scorecard fitted well with its notions of making strategy everyone's business. The main thing though was to identify what the issues were and have some practical ideas of how a consultant can help, ie. Balanced scorecard, controls review, org review, etc, then briefly say what would be involved.

Just think what's wrong and what can be done to improve it and you'll be ok. Good luck

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#4 RE: Accenture case studies
03/05/2007 15:33

Anon to anon (#1)

I attended an ACN final round assessment for IT quite recently. It was very difficult compared to others I have faced. You get about 15 mins to read a long case study and then make notes and then give a sturctured reply.

They will ask you to summarise the most important challenges the company faces such as poor business processes, IT software failure and poor systems architecture, low staff moral ect. Then they will ask you to name the most important, then they will argue that its wrong and another is more important.

Remember they are testing for decisiveness and stick to your guns and defnd your decision. do not be swayed because its very intimidating when they try to prove you wrong.

Oh... and in the group work you may want to check that all the candidates have the same information. In mine we had different peoples opinions for the case study.

I wish I could tell you it will be easy, but it will be difficult for you to prepare, other than to keep in mind what I have said. ACN will either like you or not, its all about fit and how they think you will blend in. You get that impression from the start.

I didn't enjoy my assessment experience, i found it unecessarily pressured and not friendly at all. I am not saying you have anything to worry about, you may have a totally different opinion, but when I got offered a position I turned it down because I just didn't like the atmosphere or culture.

ACN is a very personal choice, for me it just wasn't the right one. As you will understand if you are a frequent visitor of this forum, AC is like marmite, you either love it or hate it!

I hope this helps and I wish you the very best of luck! Let us know how you get on.

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#5 RE: Accenture case studies
03/05/2007 16:16

anon to Anon (#4)

thanks all

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#6 RE: Accenture case studies
26/10/2007 17:21

anon to Anon (#4)

I'm trying to prep for my case interview and am wondering that since I am being considered for an IT Project Consultant role within SI&T will I not have to do market sizing and break-even analysis in the case? Are these test factors for strategy consultants or should be prepping for any type of case? Many thanks!

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#7 RE: Accenture case studies
05/12/2007 23:32

inkognito to anon (#6)

Hey ano? I am goin to the same interview for Si&T soon for 2nd round. How was the case study? Any hints?

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