We caught up with Karim, who is currently doing his Masters in Product Design at Loughborough University. Here he shares his experience of landing an Analyst role at leading technology consultancy Accenture.
Why did you choose this company and role?
With Accenture being a technology focused consultancy company, I felt it suited my background in Product design and Engineering. However, Accenture particularly interested me because of the range of projects on offer which also reflects the varied nature of my degree.
Secondly, Accenture holds a great reputation and having been to numerous networking events with Bright Network and careers fairs at University I understood why, as I found all their team really engaged in technology with great knowledge on how to keep moving forward in a world of constant change.
As for the role, I did an industrial placement with Eaton Safety and was exposed to the project management side of things and that’s why consulting was ideal for me.
Can you tell us about the application process?
I did the application process around 2 years ago, immediately after having completed my industrial placement. It was a quick process that took place within a month. It began with the standard application form online, consisting of competency questions and others such as "Why Accenture?", "Why this role?", or "What would an analyst be doing on a day-to-day basis?". These required quite thorough research.
The next stage was a situational test, which involved scenarios and weighing up four choices. There were no numerical or verbal reasoning tests.
On passing this test, I had a telephone interview, which I think now is a video interview.
The first half consisted of the generic questions on competencies and a reiteration on why you are interested in the company and this specific role. The second half consisted of a case study followed by questions relating to an industrial scenario. The exercise simulated the working requirements of an analyst on a day to day basis and required quick thinking, creative problem solving and clarity in communication.
This stage was followed by the Assessment Centre. It was half a day 9am-12pm and split into three tasks; a group exercise, a project planning exercise and a final one-on-one interview.
The day was really interesting, as they had a senior manager come in and tell us more about the company and what he had been working on. They then had recent Accenture graduates come in for an informal Q&A session which was more evidence that I had made the right choice.
How did you prepare for the application process?
I did a lot of reading on Google, attended networking events and career fairs to get more of a feel for the company and always read up on the latest stuff they were doing. This helped me in the interviews, as I was able to mention a lot of their case studies and add my own opinion instead of giving them copy and paste answers.
What part of the process did you find the most difficult?
I found the initial application form the most difficult, as I struggled to be concise in expressing my reasons for wanting to work for them. Also at that stage you have no idea of whether they would be interested in you or not.
What part of the process did you enjoy the most?
I enjoyed the second half of the telephone interview, because it was different and challenging and found it very satisfying knowing I’d given a good answer.
What three tips would you give for someone following in your footsteps?
Tip 1: Be Proactive
Be proactive about finding what you want out of your role, the opportunities the company provide and express the desire to learn in order to reinforce your aspiration to work there.
Tip 2: Show your passion
Remember that they are interested in someone with a genuine passion for technology so make sure that comes across in all stages of the application process.
Tip 3: Believe in yourself
Stay positive and have confidence in yourself and your own ability. This is a graduate role, you can do the job!