There will be no more than six of you on the Selection Day. Most probably (because it's designed to be this way), all candidates will be applying for different roles, sectors and businesses. You will absolutely, definitely & categorically NOT BE IN COMPETITION WITH ANYONE OF THEM. You can ALL FAIL or ALL PASS the SD. So the only pressure on you will be to manage yourself: time & focus!
GROUP DISCUSSION (1h): All participants will be discussing a case, with various choices, with a view to select the best possible choice. In this, each participant will be given a common brief and a unique brief regarding their own choice. As a group, take about twenty minutes to absorb the information and then start discussing the pros and cons of each choice. As you go along, you will eliminate the choice until you reach the optimum one, on which you all HAVE to agree.
Defend your choice (defending your analysis is a KEY consultant strength!) as much as you can, however, be willing to let go of it, if you have to, IN THE INTEREST OF THE GROUP REACHING AN OPTIMUM CONCLUSION! Somewhere near the end, each participant will receive another unique piece of information that you will be expected to factor in, and share, with the group. It COULD change what you as a group would've decided thus far.
IT IS VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY IMPORTANT THAT THE GROUP REACHES A CONCLUSION and comes out with a choice, otherwise, in some companies' assessment, they mark down all participants, even if they did well individually!
WRITTEN EXERCISE (1h): Similar to the Group Discussion above, you will be given a written exercise, in which you will be given a set of choices, out of which you have to select the best one. I'd say, take about twenty to thirty minutes to absorb the information, taking notes of pros and cons of each choice. Then start writing (you'll be given only one sheet of paper - two sides), structuring your report in a way so that you define the pros and cons of each choice and then conclude with which you think is the best one and why! This exercise is designed to press you for time and few people finish it to their satisfaction. The point here is to see how structured your thought process is.
THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG ANSWER FOR THIS EXERCISE AS EVERYONE WILL HAVE THEIR OWB REASON(S) FOR THEIR CHOICE. And this is exactly what they want to see - how good you can argue and structure what you have chosen.
DIRECTOR INTERVIEW (1h): Typically same as your Technical Interview. If you can say, and perform, the way you did on the TI, great chance you'll ace this too! A good idea would be to contact your Recruitment Manager and get feedback on your TI, if you haven't already. Then replicate that performance. Competency based!
THE MAJOR THEME SHOULD BE WHAT YOU WILL TAKE FROM THE FIRM (training, career, networking) & WHAT YOU WILL GIVE BACK TO THE FIRM (knowledge, relationships and commitment). Ask a couple of smart questions around what projects the practice is currently doing & how has the Director's time been at the firm. Tell yourself it's JUST A CONVERSATION AND NOT AN INTERVIEW (well, I was having coffee and biscuits during our 'chat') and you should do well! But this doesn't mean start winking at the female (or hi-five the male), ofcourse!
If I was to define the entire Selection day in a word, it would be (no surprise)...STRUCTURE! Structure your GD to assess each choice against some given variables, structure your WI to select a choice using its pros and cons and choosing the best one, structure your thoughts when faced with competency-based questions and answering.
Enjoy the day - good luck - you WILL do well!