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Assessment tools used by consultancies.

 
#1 Assessment tools used by consultancies.
09/04/2009 15:05

slone ranger

I have been invited along to an assessment day with a small consultancy and the only thing I know is that there will be a 1:1 getting to know you session in the morning and the afternoon is dedicated to assessment assignments. Can anyone point me towards what I can expect and whether there are anything out there I could use to practice beforehand?

Thanks.

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#2 RE: Assessment tools used by consultancies.
09/04/2009 15:22

Julie Andrews to slone ranger (#1)

Getting to know you,

Getting to know all about you.

Getting to like you,

Getting to hope you like me.

Getting to know you,

Putting it my way,

But nicely,

You are precisely,

My cup of tea.

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#3 RE: Assessment tools used by consultancies.
09/04/2009 15:53

slone ranger to Julie Andrews (#2)

JA, thanks but not what I had in mind. Some practical tools might be more appropriate??!!

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#4 RE: Assessment tools used by consultancies.
14/04/2009 21:57

trinny to slone ranger (#3)

The consultancies mostly use case studies as assessments at these days. These case studies are representative of real consulting asssignments - they outline a series of issues or problems at a client site and invite you to write a review of them, indicating the impact of them and your recommendations to solve them.

They are not rocket science and mostly rely on common sense, being able to filter out what's important, and good, clear written skills (although this can be coached and is therefore less important).

As someone who has assessed these, clarity and simplicy is key - these things aren't rocket science, and they are no trick questions - they don't want to catch you out - more to see what you are capable of.

You may be asked to give a presentation on your findings, or on a separate topic which you may or may not be informed of in advance - read the business papers of a good paper for a couple of days beforehand so that you're up to date with what is topical.

Finally, you might need to do some numerical reasoning tests - do a google search to find these and some short case studies.

The most important thing is to be yourself - the interview and personality fit is the most important part of it all.

Good luck.

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#5 RE: Assessment tools used by consultancies.
15/04/2009 08:04

QA to slone ranger (#1)

slone ranger - Is this a graduate assessment day or are you and experienced hire?

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#6 RE: Assessment tools used by consultancies.
15/04/2009 11:32

slone ranger to QA (#5)

I am an experienced hire but with only 1 year of consulting experience.

Thanks

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#7 RE: Assessment tools used by consultancies.
15/04/2009 17:21

Moo to slone ranger (#6)

So more of an inexperienced hire then?

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#8 RE: Assessment tools used by consultancies.
15/04/2009 23:01

slone ranger to Moo (#7)

Yes, I've only had about 1 year of consulting experience but more than 10 in project management and engineering.

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