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Accenture assement centre - case interview

 
#1 Accenture assement centre - case interview
21/01/2015 19:29

Consult_wannabe

Hello

From what I can tell, the ACN case interviews (graduate consulting scheme) are more about demonstrating an ability to analyse information and figure out a client's needs which ACN can help with....

... as opposed to the interactive, open ended style as with McK and the like which requires one to show their ability to develop a structured issue tree based on information extracted from the interviewer and an ability to perform quantitative analysis under pressure.

Any comments on whether this is correct?

Is there a need to brush up on my mental math for the ACN case interview?

Cheers

L

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#2 RE: Accenture assement centre - case interview
21/01/2015 23:02

noctilucus to Consult_wannabe (#1)

Hello

From what I can tell, the ACN case interviews (graduate consulting scheme) are more about demonstrating an ability to analyse information and figure out a client's needs which ACN can help with....

... as opposed to the interactive, open ended style as with McK and the like which requires one to show their ability to develop a structured issue tree based on information extracted from the interviewer and an ability to perform quantitative analysis under pressure.

Any comments on whether this is correct?

Is there a need to brush up on my mental math for the ACN case interview?

Cheers

L

My knowledge of the ACN entry level case (not in the UK - not sure how aligned this is across countries) is that it was not quantitative - but it took place after a series of purely quantitative tests.

Judging from your explanation of McKinsey's case study, the difference is that with ACN you're supposed to get (most if not all of) your info from written material rather than the interviewer.

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#3 RE: Accenture assement centre - case interview
21/01/2015 23:28

Jeeves7945 to Consult_wannabe (#1)

Hi,

No need to brush up your maths. All they are looking for is-

1. If you can distinguish key facts from drivel

2. Have a clear thought process

3. Demonstrate client perspective

4. Can identify problems

The director will probably ask you to use the whiteboard to draw up a mind map of your thought process around the problem and what all related solutions you seem to identify.

Examples of case study might be around two companies merging together and their integration challenges or a new value proposition by telecom operator which aims to change the consumer behaviour and similar situations.

All the best.

Jeeves

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#4 RE: Accenture assement centre - case interview
23/01/2015 01:32

M1king to Consult_wannabe (#1)

Hi there,

I recently had my graduate interview and the case study was definitely the hardest part. Most of the interview was very standard, the odd probing question thrown in with the usual stuff.

The case study is built around (for mine anyway) 4 bullet points of information which give you a broad overview of the scenario followed by 3 or 4 questions about what you believe to be the main issues and how best to deal with them. No mental maths required but it is quite different to anything I had during my other job applications.

My advice would be to take the opportunity to have the bullet points repeated to buy yourself some time, write down what you're told and don't be afraid to take a few seconds to collect your thoughts and form a coherent message rather than tripping up over yourself and saying the first thing that pops into your head!

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