EC Harris - Graduate Project Management Consultant Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Graduate Project Management Consultant

    5.0/5 | Interview date: May 2017 | Job offer? No |

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    Interview process

    The interview was the final stage of the assessment centre. It felt almost like an informal chat as opposed to sitting down in front of a board of senior management staff. The interview was with a senior manager, and questions were asked as part of the informal chat. Whilst I would say that it is important to still conduct yourself in a professional manner, the informal aspect of it eases you into the interview, making you feel comfortable. I would like to note at this point that should you make it to this stage, be careful not to mistake this for a light hearted chat, as it is one of the most important stages in their interview process for getting to know you and for assessing your competencies and interpersonal skills. The questions were fairly generic but required good preparation. Some of the questions which come to mind include,
    - "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"
    - "Tell me about a time when a client had a problem that you were able to create an innovative solution for."
    - "Describe a situation where you demonstrated leadership skills/led a group to a solution to a problem (school/personal/work experience)"
    The interview lasted approximately 45 minutes but it felt like 5.

    Most difficult question

    "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"
    I found this particularly difficult as I had neither prepared for it nor was I aware of how one would realistically progress in a company within 5 years and what position they could reach if they worked hard and consistently. I would advise that you ask anyone you know who has been working for a company for 5+ years how they progressed to get an idea of what you should be aspiring to.

    Interview tips

    Revise assessment centre and interviewing tips online or by talking to others, be well aware of what your job duties would be and ensure that you are well prepared to answer questions on the role itself. Be aware that you everything you say and do is being taken into consideration, so be sure to behave in a professional manner. When answering questions, try not to go off on a tangent or ramble. Keep answers concise and pertinent. Also have a few relevant questions to ask the interviewer, such as "What does a day in your shoes within the company entail?". This should give you an understanding of what it's like to work with the company. Other than that, stay calm, drink some water and just prepare as best you can.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The day began by meeting at their London headquarters at 8:45am. All of the other applicants were there and began to chat and get to know each other. I made a conscious effort to remember each of their names as I wanted to be able to converse with each of them during the group assessment sections, and also to be aware of my competition. It also helps to know their names to demonstrate your ability to be an active team player. At 9:00am, we went to a conference room and were shown a brief presentation detailing the company's history, its different functions and an introduction to each of the senior management staff who were present. We then began with a brief ice-breaker exercise. The group was then split into two groups of 6. The other group left to complete their group exercise in another room. We were given 50 minutes to review a briefing, consider it amongst different aspects (consider the different options for development on a site, evaluate the different considerations which were required etc.) and finally prepare a 10 minute presentation explaining why a client should hire EC Harris as their consultants. After we carried out a brainstorming session to identify and understand each aspect which needed to be covered, we delegated our roles within the group and began working on our individual sections. We made our presentation and answered questions from the senior management staff who acted as the client.
    Following this, we were then given 30 minutes to write an individual report to the board members of the client organisation explaining why they should select EC Harris as their consultants.
    The next stage was the individual presentation stage. In our email, we were given the following topic to develop a 5 minute presentation: ???Discuss a work situation or educational project when you have delivered an innovative or create a solution to a client/ customer need. Explain how you generated the idea and how your expertise enabled you to deliver a positive outcome for your client/ customer.??? We were allowed to use prompt cards but no additional material was permitted (hand-outs, visual material etc.). The senior management staff proceeded to ask each individual questions following their presentation. After this we went for lunch in the cafeteria and mingled with staff.
    The final stage of the assessment centre was the interview with a member of senior management. Whilst waiting to be interviewed, we were given the opportunity to talk with graduate staff from the previous year to learn about their experiences and ask them questions about the company and the roles. Prior to the interviews, they gave us a tour of the offices before leaving. All in all, the experience was extremely beneficial, and also helped me prepare for future assessment centres should I ever be faced with them.

    Interview steps


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


    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric


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

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