We spent some time catching up with Bright Network member Malvika who secured an Analyst position on Accenture’s Consulting Graduate Programme. Currently studying Economics at the University of Manchester, read on to find out how she did it.
Which scheme are you joining at Accenture?
It's the Consulting Graduate Programme within the Analyst Consulting Group (ACG). This role requires passion about technology and the innovation it can deliver.
Why did you choose Accenture?
Accenture has the largest capability of management consulting in the world. The brand is very well respected and one of the best on offer in the market. The high revenues generated by Accenture are a small part of what makes it a great career choice. For someone like me who is interested in consulting as a lifelong career choice, Accenture was the right step to take.
Getting valuable training to help me become a successful consultant is key and with the extensive online training and podcasts available, Accenture ranks number one on any graduate's list. Accenture also sponsors graduate visas and being an international student from India, this was something that definitely attracted me to the firm. To be a part of a challenging and diverse environment is something I have always strived for and Accenture definitely provides this, and more.
Technology has always been a passion. Watching the evolution of mobile phones as I grew up (among other gadgets), it’s inspiring and exciting to see how technology can help change people, businesses and the world as a whole. To play a part in the global shift towards digital and exploring the endless possibilities that come with technological innovation was the number one reason I chose to apply to Accenture.
The effort Accenture puts into recruiting is commendable and the comfortable, friendly application process made it all the more worth it. I would encourage everyone to apply.
Tell us a bit about the application process - what did you have to do?
Before filling in the application form, you’ll need to do a 20 minute situational judgement test. You'll be presented with a variety of realistic situations that you may face in your role at Accenture and you have to choose from a range of responses to demonstrate what you feel would be the most effective solution. You can then fill in the application form, where you'll give details of your experiences, education and attach your CV.
If all this goes well, you'll be invited to a 45 minute interview, covering your understanding of the business, the core competencies required to be successful and a mini case study. Finally there is an assessment centre, involving a 25 minute analytical thought process exercise, a group case study and a final one on one interview.
What was the most difficult part of the application process?
The most difficult part would be the research since there is a lot of case studies and information on the Accenture website. Filtering the information and choosing what you understand and can speak/write about is key to a great application, but also quite a lot of work.
What was the most enjoyable part of the application process?
The most enjoyable part would be the assessment centre. The recruiters are helpful, friendly and make you feel very comfortable.
Once you pass your telephone interview, you are assigned a Recruitment Buddy (someone who recently joined Accenture) to help out with your assessment centre preparation. There is a lot of help and you get to talk to many different and extremely helpful people, which makes it all the more fun.
How did you prepare for the application process?
My main preparation was done by reading Accenture's website. There is a lot of information on there and it is the first step to ensuring a successful application. Reading up on case studies is important - and it's interesting to see the amazing things technology can do.
What top three tips would you give to someone who wanted to follow in your footsteps?
Tip 1: Use all the materials available
Read the website as much as you can, explore the blogs, videos and case studies. It is the key to a successful application, interview and assessment centre.
Tip 2: Curiosity can help
Be well prepared and don't be afraid to ask questions. People at Accenture are extremely helpful and asking questions only makes you look more interested, enthusiastic and prepares you well!
Tip 3: Keep calm and be confident
Expect challenges and difficult questions, work through them in a calm manner. They receive a huge number of applications and places are limited so you need to be well prepared.