How I did it: Securing a graduate role with Accenture
We caught up with Amaad to uncover how he secured his impressive consulting graduate role with Accenture and he shares his top tips on passing those tricky situation judgement tests so that you can follow in his footsteps.
Why did you choose Accenture?
When looking for different companies to apply to, I was very keen to find a role in which my skills set, and interests would best be suited. I chose Accenture and its Consulting Graduate Program as I knew that within the consulting role, my skills of relationship management and relationship building would really excel in a client facing role. The company is very global, providing graduates with a lot of opportunities to work on a variety of different projects, across many locations and teams. Accenture has achieved very high ratings for their grad scheme, as well as the employment settings - so I am keen to get started!
What was the hardest part of the application process?
With regards to the application process, it was very important to spend a good amount of time making you application specific to Accenture. When first applying, spending time to work on your online profile is vital, as many candidates are simply rejected when they have not filled it in fully. Write about all your interests (climbing, cooking, running, music) and explain how you are working on them and developing them. When writing about your past experiences, explain what you did and how that relates to the skills set for the job (for example client work within consulting), and definitely upload a picture so the recruiter can put a face to a name.
The hardest part of the application process was actually the online tests, but make sure you practise and take your time with them. Do lots of online Situational Judgement Tests, practise code breaking and try to find what the recruiter is looking for. The tests for Accenture are not timed, so set aside a good few hours and really work hard on passing them.
What 3 top tips would you give to other BN members applying to your role?
Tip 1) Work on your online profile and fill it in fully.
Tip 2) Practise for your online tests.
Tip 3) Know lots of examples of technology within different industries and be able to explain the impact at your Assessment Centre.
How did BN help you secure your role?
Bright Network really helped me in terms of reminding me at what applications were out and when the deadlines were. Keep the deadlines tab pinned on your internet browser and check the website constantly. Also, get involved with your careers centre or business/investment society and see if they have an event with Bright Network. I attended an event at the Leeds University Union Trading and Investment Society who had collaborated with Bright Network. The event was about "How to do well in Assessment Centres" and gave me a really good insight into how pass them and look good in them. Attend every opportunity to practise your answers to interviews, or listen to people who have got an offer. You will pick you tips and it will help you!
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