We caught up with Bright Network member Dushyanthi, who is currently studying maths at the University of Nottingham. She has recently been offered a place on the Consulting graduate scheme at Accenture, so we wanted to hear about her experience and advice....
Why did you choose this company and role?
I became interested in Accenture after meeting them at the university careers fair and so began doing loads of research on them over the Summer. I then attended the Bright Network: Technology Top 150 event in September 2015 and met Accenture again. I found them super friendly and knew I wanted to work there.
As for the role, I’m passionate about technology but wouldn’t consider myself a coder so the Analyst Consulting role is perfect.
Can you tell us about the application process?
My application process was a little different to most. Luckily I was fast-tracked to the video interview because I attended one of their exclusive events that they had tweeted about. Even the video interview was different to the standard one applicants normally get, as the questions were based on the event and what I got out of it.
The next stage was the Assessment Centre, which was really intense (9am-12pm) with seven guys and three girls including myself. It began with an individual analytical task, where I was given 14 pages of information and questions to answer. I thought I had done really badly because I didn’t understand two of the questions so left them out.
When it came to discussing the task with the assessors, I was so nervous because no one else had missed out any questions but I had to be honest and tell them that I didn’t understand. I also explained that I didn’t believe it would be professional to present a piece of work I was unsure about to the clients, which I’m happy to say, worked well.
We then had a group task, which was me with four others. I found this task quite overwhelming as they were all talking over each other, trying to get their point across and demonstrate their leadership skills so I just listened. However, this worked out in my favour, as I was then able to give really good feedback on each of their views and solutions.
This was followed by a final 30 minute one-on-one interview. I really enjoyed this stage, because my interviewer was very nice. The first half of it was based on the group task, so again it was a good thing that I listened well. The interviewer then gave me another task for me to suss out myself. The second half was based on competencies and the individual analytical task.
How did you prepare for the application process?
For the video interview I did a lot of research on Accenture, their case studies and really tailored why I would be the perfect candidate. As for the Assessment Centre, I practiced my competency questions and why I chose Accenture above all other companies.
What part of the process did you find the most difficult?
I found the group task on the Assessment Centre difficult because I really struggled to get my point across with everyone trying to take the lead. On top of that, I also found it hard to read and digest all the information we were given under time pressure.
What part of the process did you enjoy the most?
The video interview, because I genuinely found the event inspiring, visiting their offices and meeting everyone there. I loved the atmosphere and felt I had a connection with them so I’m very excited to be working at Accenture next year!
What three tips would you give for someone following in your footsteps?
Tip 1: Use every chance to get experience
Look out for events like the one I attended because they really do help you get ahead
Tip 2: Research
Research what you want to do, because that way you can really express your passion throughout the application process
Tip 3: Make the most of the Assessment Centre
Enjoy the assessment day and go with the attitude ‘what happens, happens’ because either way it’s still good practice
To learn more about opportunities at Accenture and get more advice, check out their profile here.