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Chaucer Consulting interview information

 
#1 Chaucer Consulting interview information
15/05/2012 16:17

Shoegirl

I have an interview with Chaucer Consulting and have been told its a 2hour process with a 2 panel interview which includes a short presentation for which they will give you 30 minutes to prepare.

Does anyone have any clues on what the presentation is like and also what type of questions will be asked during the course of the 2 hours? I have no experience of completing presentations during an interview so would love to have any information on what type of case study is provided, what they are looking for in the presentation I give, etc.

Any help, even if you have done this at any another firm would be great.

Thanks

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#2 RE: Chaucer Consulting interview information
16/05/2012 13:05

qwertyking to Shoegirl (#1)

Yep, it'd be good to understand what the process is for Chaucer as I have applied as well, and hopefully I'll get through to interview stage. Anyone know how many stages the interviews are as well?

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#3 RE: Chaucer Consulting interview information
16/05/2012 13:24

Mr Cool to qwertyking (#2)

I interviewed with Chaucer and though it was some time ago it sounds like they are still using a similar process. Although it was a little unusual, it was on balance a fresh approach and much better that the standard Big4 "run me through the CV that I have in front of me but have not read" approach.

The presentation was two pages in ppt and to be completed in half an hour. It is therefore not a major test of your ppt skills, but if you are good on it, then I dare say you'll make the pages sing a little. The main challenge is to be succint and think quickly as you only have half an hour and they are mega-strict on the timing.

When I did it the two pages were on separate topics. I do not want to disclose what these were as they are probably still using at least one of them and I feel it would be unfair to punish a firm that is taking an intelligent approach. Knowing the topics would give you a significant advantage because you could think through the content in advance, but conversely it is not necessary to prepare in order to do well.

Both the topics by definition will be familiar to you. This is not like case studies where you have to show you ability to hypothesise or extrapolate . Simply be prepared to quickly consider how much time to apportion to each page and then consider how much time to do basic bullet point and how much time to spend makign the pages pretty.

The interviews were much more standard, but of good quality, conducted by a relevant SME and a "manager"

For the record, they decided I was not right for them. I agreed. My overall impression of them was positive but quirky. They probably quite like that.

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#4 RE: Chaucer Consulting interview information
31/07/2013 10:41

Omega to deleted (#0)

There are three interviews:

1. Via Skype

2. Interview in Pal Mall Office with 2 senior (in my case it was COO and head of HR) managers. You will be given a task to prepare a presentation on a very familiar topic and then competency skills interview

3. Final interview in Pal Mall with 2 senior (in my case it was a director and CEO) managers. It is more of a competency and fit interview.

Chaucer does all things relatively quickly, so it took me about 10 days from first interview to the job offer.

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#5 RE: Chaucer Consulting interview information
31/07/2013 10:41

Omega to deleted (#0)

There are three interviews:

1. Via Skype

2. Interview in Pal Mall Office with 2 senior (in my case it was COO and head of HR) managers. You will be given a task to prepare a presentation on a very familiar topic and then competency skills interview

3. Final interview in Pal Mall with 2 senior (in my case it was a director and CEO) managers. It is more of a competency and fit interview.

Chaucer does all things relatively quickly, so it took me about 10 days from first interview to the job offer.

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#6 RE: Chaucer Consulting interview information
31/07/2013 10:42

Omega to deleted (#0)

There are three interviews:

1. Via Skype

2. Interview in Pal Mall Office with 2 senior (in my case it was COO and head of HR) managers. You will be given a task to prepare a presentation on a very familiar topic and then competency skills interview

3. Final interview in Pal Mall with 2 senior (in my case it was a director and CEO) managers. It is more of a competency and fit interview.

Chaucer does all things relatively quickly, so it took me about 10 days from first interview to the job offer.

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#7 RE: Chaucer Consulting interview information
06/08/2013 19:15

star to Omega (#6)

There are three interviews:

1. Via Skype

2. Interview in Pal Mall Office with 2 senior (in my case it was COO and head of HR) managers. You will be given a task to prepare a presentation on a very familiar topic and then competency skills interview

3. Final interview in Pal Mall with 2 senior (in my case it was a director and CEO) managers. It is more of a competency and fit interview.

Chaucer does all things relatively quickly, so it took me about 10 days from first interview to the job offer.

Hi Omega,

I am from industry and now looking forward for an interview with chaucher. I am invited for an interview just wanted to check if you have researched about the company any slides Did you attend the interview and get through.Not being personal what was the salary band. do you know their organisational structure. your reply will be highly appreciated.

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#8 RE: Chaucer Consulting interview information
07/08/2013 12:24

DylanMC to star (#7)

You better pray they don't have a written English element to their interview process.

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#9 RE: Chaucer Consulting interview information
08/08/2013 14:26

Omega to star (#7)

Hi,

Sorry I missed the details, but hope I am not late.

Yes, I passed and now working for the company. Interviews are fairly straightforward without asking too complex questions. It is really Chaucer's Way - avoid useless office politics where possible, keep relaxed atmosphere, put people in relatively big teams (there are more than 10 Chaucer employees sitting on the same floor as me right now) and coordinate support to people from HQ and by local leaders.

Basic salary is perhaps slightly less than in some London-based boutique consultancies, i.e. Senior Consultants/Managing Consultants/Principal Consultants get £50k-£70k, but then you get about £4.5k car allowance. However, if you, like most Chaucer employees, live outside London and home based, then you are eligible to claim all travel expenses/hotel/evening meals even if you normally work in London. Many other consultancies calculate distance to site from your office location and usually try to be near the clients, so you cannot claim much unless you work really far from home. This makes quite a difference in my case - before Chaucer, I used to work in London and could not claim any money for travel to my London client sites, now it works out I get about £1.5k on fuel expenses while still working in London. It is good for family too because I am back home all days a week.

Hope this helps.

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