Consultancy Interview Questions

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  • Graduate Business Consultant

    3.4286/5 | Interview date: September 2018 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Consultancy

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    I was interviewed by two senior consultants. The interview questions were mostly competency based. For example, to describe myself, why I decided to apply to Columbus, how do I manage my time, what are my strength and what are the weaknesses. The interview lasted about 40 minutes. I was asked to provide detailed responses to the questions.

    Most difficult question

    How many balloons does it take to fill a room? What is more important for a business - making a profit or providing a great customer service?

    Interview tips

    Have a good night sleep before the assestment day and try to be confident in yourself. I I was very nervous and therefore, was unable to deliver the presentation up to my full potential. Also I would advice to research as much as possible about the company and its competitors.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The assessment centre was based in Nottingham at one of the company's offices. The activities included an individual presentation, an interview, a group exercise and a written exercise. At the end the company provided a lunch for the contestants and assessors.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 4/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 1/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 3/5
  • Business Analyst

    4.5714/5 | Interview date: September 2018 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Consultancy

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    It was a one on one interview covering some competency questions and going over your interest in the role, and CV. You are pulled aside during the group task at any time so you need to plan ahead for that. It was a laid back atmosphere, they're not trying to catch you out with any of the questions.

    Most difficult question

    Why are you interested in Technology? Can you tell me about a time you experienced conflict in the workplace?

    Interview tips

    Make sure your role in the group task is well defined and that you contribute without talking over others. For your presentation at the end plan to have some time to practice it with your group so it looks more professional. The booklet you are provided with is very thorough, make sure all the main points they are looking for are adressed, get started with the task early (don't spend too long on the name or logo although these are important too)

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    We were given the job of splitting ourselves up into two teams. We were then given approximately four hours to come up with a product and a business plan, and a presentation that should be ready by the end of the day. We had to present to each other.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 4/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 4/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Business Consultant

    1.5714/5 | Interview date: August 2017 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Consultancy

    Difficulty rating 100.0 / 100

    Interview process

    On the phone the lady made it seem like I had a massive chance of getting into the job and work for themselves. When it came down to the video and answering the questions on a timed video I think the time was very off putting as I couldn't construct a good answer to what they were asking me, and with dyslexia, i found this was unfair. in the end, i dint get another conversation just an email telling me I had not met the standards.

    Most difficult question

    they were all quite difficult for the time frame they had put together, and I had mentioned to the woman on the phone before about my dyslexia.

    Interview tips

    maybe make sure that people with a learning disability are not discriminated on the video time limit, give them a little longer or even give the question out to the candidate and then let them have time to form their answer together and let them press when they are ready to record.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    n/a

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 3/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 1/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 1/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 1/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 3/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 1/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 1/5
  • Recruitment consultant

    5.0/5 | Interview date: March 2017 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Consultancy

    Difficulty rating 80.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The interview which I had done with hays was about many different things. First of all I was asked my qualifications and outline all the relevant GCSE's and A Levels.

    Then I was asked about my skills which I have achieved in so many years of studying whilst also doing some part time job. The skills which they really are searching for in a candidate for recruitment consultant is the drive to work really hard endlessly and putting in that extra effort to keep on learning.

    I was also told that it's a very fast moving job as everyday we get to learn more. The main skills which I had outlined were team work, communication skills, motivational and great time management as reflected in my CV.

    Most difficult question

    The most difficult questions was present to me to when I was compared to other candidates. The question was:

    What makes you stand out better then other competitive candidates for this job ?

    Interview tips

    Practical advice to anyone for the interview would be to ensure that you have done enough background research on the company and have great communication skills reflecting in ur cv and in the interview.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Personal questions were asked.
    Questions about the skills which I have gained.
    Was given few scenarios and needed to provide answers on how to tackle them.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Technology Consulting

    4.0/5 | Interview date: December 2016 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Consultancy

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    My interview was enjoyable overall. I had to travel to London, but the provided me with accommodation for the night before. I showed up early and my interviewer started the interview early so that I did not have to wait, which was very nice of him. He was very friendly. The questions he asked were a little outside the general schedule, a bit more challenging but in the end, they were manageable.

    Most difficult question

    Why would a client choose us and not one of our competitors?

    Interview tips

    Prepare yourself by studying the firm, the news around them within the last couple of years, and reading their website in detail. From the annual report, you can learn a lot of details useful in the interviews, such as financials for your chosen department and growth for the last year.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The assessment centre was a half-day event. I was in a group of people from varied backgrounds and places, which I think shows how inclusive the recruitment process is.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 4/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 4/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 4/5
  • Entry Level Consultant

    3.7143/5 | Interview date: March 2016 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Consultancy

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    Pretty standard-submit resume through on campus recruiting, get email, do phone interview, have one-on-one campus interview, super day with three or four interviews, and an exit interview. I just memorized all the 20 most common questions found in the EY Interview Process book on amazon. Nothing too crazy.

    Most difficult question

    How would you model this financial situation and how would you present these factors?

    Interview tips

    I got the job! I was interviewing at EY as an intern and found the amazon guide on the EY interview process very useful for my first major interview. If you want detailed technical questions and answers, this book will not be very helpful. But if you need an overview of the interview process and how to master all the minor details of each type of interview (which usually make or break many applicants) then this book will be really helpful!

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Personality/skills interview/test, one-on-one interviews, and a panel interview

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 3/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 3/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 3/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Graduate Recruitment Consultant

    4.5714/5 | Interview date: December 2015 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Consultancy

    Difficulty rating 80.0 / 100

    Interview process

    I did a telephone interview consisting of competency based questions and a role play. I was then invited to an assessment centre which was very difficult! 3 group exercises and a written exercise in a high pressure environment but got to see the office and meet some of the team.
    Then I was invited to a one to one interview with the regional manager which was more competency based questions and a role play, this was fairly relaxed. Then I had to complete an online SQL test to see how I would be able to sell.
    Finally, I did a one to one interview with the managing director which was the hardest interview I've ever done. She asked very intrusive personal questions and questioned everything I've done ever! Very stressful.

    Most difficult question

    What is the most selfish thing you've ever done? I had to think of this on the spot and as a not very selfish person I really struggled..

    Interview tips

    Really make sure you want to go into a hard sales environment with long hours, but are rewarded massively with money and holidays. Be confident, you have to sell yourself so much and don't take a back seat - show you want it.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Group activities including a role play, interviewing each other and prioritising tasks

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 4/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 4/5
  • Business Consultant

    5.0/5 | Interview date: April 2015 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Consultancy

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    After an initial application, there is a short 15 minute telephone interview clarifying details and assessing interest in the company/ sector/ role. My assessment day was two days later and comprised of two five-minute interviews, a numerical test, a test on set notation, and an aptitude test. The two interviews were standard and friendly, and were focussed mainly on personality and approach.

    Most difficult question

    Would you sacrifice quality to meet a deadline?

    Interview tips

    Do plenty of prep before hand, the questions aren't hard but it's definitely worth a look over! It is also important to be open, friendly and enthusiastic. The training scheme means you can pick up any technical knowledge you need so their real focus is on hiring those with great inter-personal skills and an ability to learn fast. The technical and business pathways are assessed together but not ranked together meaning there is no need to panic about not knowing all the technology ins and outs.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The numerical test is GCSE maths, the set notation test is given alongside an instruction leaflet and the video provided before the day is very useful. The aptitude test has some basic coding questions, some logic puzzles, and a number of IT questions (inc IP4vIP6, SQL, bits in a byte, etc.). A little Google research was enough to get through this!

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • KPMG - Technology Consulting Opportunities for Graduates

    2.5714/5 | Interview date: September 2014 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Consultancy

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The telephone interview was the third step in the recruitment process, after application and online tests. It lasted around 25 minutes, although I was told it would last between 40-60 minutes. I was asked a set of basic competency questions. I had prepared using various forums so I was able to answer all of the questions with relative ease.

    Most difficult question

    The scenario questions were difficult as you cannot really prepare for them. I was asked 2 of these types of questions. The interviewer will first describe the scenario both of which were quite long and boring. One was about amending a task and the other a group situation.

    Interview tips

    Prepare thoroughly using popular forums where participants have usually described in detail what to expect. However there will always be tests you cannot fully prep for, such as role play and e-tray. Which is where I think I struggled - so make sure the preparation is there and then the rest is a bit up to luck!

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Report writing, role play and e-tray. I think the e-tray is where I failed. The report writing is straightforward, candidates are given various texts and then asked to write a report with recommendations. Role play involved two situations, one with an unhappy client and another with your manager. E-tray was particularly difficult for me, there were numerical questions, voice mails, video messages.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 1/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 1/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 2/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 3/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 3/5
  • Business Development

    4.4286/5 | Interview date: July 2014 | Job offer? Yes but declined |

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    Sectors: Consultancy

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The initial interview was 45 minutes long conducted by an outside company on behalf of the organisation I applied for. After successfully passing this stage I went on to the Assessment Centre which was a 9-5 event at one of the Company's offices. Here we had to conduct 4 tasks throughout the day. A written one, a role play, a group task and a one to one interview. The Interview was conducted by a member of staff who worked in your chosen area. It covered both competency based questions as well as a chat about what I knew about the company and why I had chosen to apply for the position within their organisation. This is a good time to not only put yourself across as positively as possible but also learn more about the job role itself and see if you are right for the company.

    Most difficult question

    What would you say was your biggest weakness and how do you combat this?

    Interview tips

    Do your research. It is integral you know what they do and why you want the role with them. I would also say relax and be confident as it shows. A positive, determined mindset definitely helps portray the right impression.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    One part was the group exercise. We were split into two groups and had to read and discuss case studies. The aim was to weigh up pros and cons of both and come to an informed, agreed decision by working together.

    We also had a role play exercise where we had twenty minutes to digest some information and make notes in order to go into a 'meeting' to present our findings / discuss resources.

    We also had a written exercise. This was a simple exercise that showed off our comprehension, analysis and written skills. We had ample time to complete this task.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 4/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 4/5

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