Hassan just secured a Management Consulting Industrial Placement with Accenture, which he will complete in between studying at the University of Surrey. He encountered employees from Accenture at the Bright Network Festival, and was keen to share his story with other Bright Network members.
Why did you choose a Management Consulting Placement with Accenture?
I chose Accenture as I had done a lot of research prior to applying. I had spoken to various colleagues on LinkedIn about the firm and their experience, to judge whether it would be suitable for me. After hearing about the firm from employees, it was difficult to consider another employer. This, alongside my interest in technology, helped me choose them for my placement year. I applied for the management consulting placement because I hope to go into this profession post-graduation, as with this role, there is constant change and many projects to go into - which feels like a new job every time, to keep me on my feet and constantly learning.
What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part?
The toughest part was probably the assessment centre. I had done so many video interviews at this point that I was comfortable with this one. The assessment centre, however, was tough because it was a test, group exercise and individual interview - which is normal for top firms but quite rigorous here in particular. My favourite part was probably the online test - as they are not standardised Numerical/English tests like other firms, they are situational judgment tests. These tests are actually representative of the work you will be doing and are a much clearer estimate of how you would perform, as opposed to the typical test format that currently exists for other firms.
Were you surprised by anything in the process?
I was surprised at how friendly the recruitment team are at Accenture. They gave me an extension for my video interview as unforeseen circumstances had come up, which they then checked up on and offered to assist with. In the assessment centre, they tried hard to make everyone seem calm and relaxed to reduce the nerves we were all probably facing on the day. It was quite an enjoyable application process overall, which was a nice surprise.
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
Show very clear interest and research in the company when applying, talk to current staff about their experiences and make sure you tailor your CV and cover letter to the role (time consuming but worth it).