Accenture is a global management consulting, technology service, and outsourcing company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. The company has offices in London, Newcastle, Manchester, and Edinburgh, as well as in numerous other locations across the globe.
On this page, we will focus on the three most popular graduate schemes at Accenture:
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The various graduate schemes with Accenture can be a great place to begin your career, but to join the ranks you need to make it through the challenging recruitment process.
Below we outline the main stages of the recruitment process for the three schemes listed above.
|Strategy & Consulting||Client Delivery||Software Engineering|
|Online Application Form||Online Application Form||Online Application Form|
|Situational Judgment Test||Deductive Reasoning Test||Deductive Reasoning Test|
|Digital Interview + Mini Case Study||Digital Interview||Digital Interview + Coding Challenge|
|Assessment Centre||Assessment Centre||Assessment Centre|
Accenture is founded on six core values:
It is important that you keep these values in mind and refer to them in every assessment throughout the selection process – from the online application form to the video interview and assessment centre.
The Accenture online application form has several components. You are asked to fill in personal information and upload your detailed CV. You are also asked to complete some application questions regarding your educational background and work experience, as well as questions assessing your motivation. When answering these questions, incorporate Accenture’s key competencies into your answers.
You may also be asked to demonstrate your understanding of Accenture and the technology it uses to help its clients. Thus, we recommend you go to Accenture’s website and research the company.
If your application is successful, you will move on to the next stage of the process.
Candidates for the strategy & consulting graduate programme are often required to take the Accenture Situational Judgement Test (SJT).
On this online test you are presented with a series of questions. Each question presents you with a scenario you may encounter while working at Accenture. You are given several possible courses of action to resolve a dilemma or problem arising from the situation. You need to decide on the most and least effective responses.
You will be directed to take the situational judgment test immediately after submitting your application, so make sure you prepare for it beforehand. To help familiarise yourself with the test’s concepts, we have included free situational judgement practice tests and guides in our Strategy & Consulting preparation pack.
Applicants for the client delivery programme usually face the Accenture deductive reasoning test after submitting their application. Candidates for the software engineering programme may also be asked to take this test.
This test is conducted online. It assesses your logical reasoning skills, particularly your ability to draw a specific conclusion based on a rule or principle. The test has a strict time limit and is often found by candidates to be extremely difficult.
Following successful completion of the application and online tests, you will be invited to a first-round interview with Accenture. In the past, this interview was conducted over the phone. However, these days the majority of applicants go through a digital interview (also known as video interview) instead.
Both the Accenture telephone interview and video interview are designed to assess the same things. Namely, your understanding of Accenture and the services it provides to its clients, your motivation and interest in technology, and your skills and competencies.
However, the video interview has several unique characteristics you should get to know before taking it. This interview is performed over the internet using a platform called HireVue. Unlike other interviews, during this digital interview you do not interact with the interviewer directly. Rather, you record your answers to the questions presented to you, and they are later reviewed and analysed.
Many people find this situation to be very awkward and experience difficulties keeping eye contact with the webcam, which can hinder their performance on the interview. Even more stressful is the short amount of time allocated for answering each question. During this time, you are supposed to read the question presented to you, formulate your answer, and record it. You are allowed to re-record each answer only once.
To reduce your stress, avoid wasting the short time you have to answer each question, and make sure you are satisfied with the recording you submit, it's best to prepare for the interview in advance. To help you pass your digital interview, we have included in our Accenture preparation packs a video interview simulation platform.
The interview for the Strategy & Consulting Graduate Programme often also includes a mini case study. You will be presented with a description of a fictional company and then asked to identify the main problems of this company and suggest solutions to them.
Candidates for the Software Engineering Graduate Programme need to complete one or two coding challenges in the coding language of their choice.
Below is a list of questions that have been asked in Accenture’s interviews in the past (both in the digital or phone interview and in the face-to-face interview at the assessment centre). The exact questions you will encounter during your interview depend on the scheme for which you are applying.
All of our Accenture packs include smart video interview simulation software and an expert interview guide to help you leave a great impression on the recruiters at Accenture and pass on to the next stage.
The software allows you to record your interview answers, watch them, and make notes on your performance. You can re-record your practice interviews as many times as you need. This will help you get used to this unique type of interview, gain confidence, and maintain good eye contact with the camera during your actual interview.
The packs also feature comprehensive interview guides with important insights and tips. These guides will help you learn, among other things, how to formulate answers to competency-based questions using the STAR method (the method Accenture expects you to use when answering questions about your skills and competencies).
Internalising the advice and insights you will gain from these preparation materials will help you improve your performance on the video interview as well as on other types of interviews you will experience both for Accenture and for other employers.
If your interview goes well, you will be invited to participate in a half day assessment centre at the company’s London offices. The day is usually comprised of two stages – a group case study exercise and one or more interviews – with some candidates required to participate in additional exercises.
Below we will present the different types of exercises and interviews you may face at the Accenture assessment centre.
Applicants for the Strategy & Consulting Graduate Programme usually need to sit an individual exercise at the beginning of the day. This is a type of a case study with rigorous time limits. You are given a booklet containing loads of data and have 25 minutes to answer five questions relating to it. The data is made up of graphs and text, and your answers can be given in an informal, bullet-point manner. Working quickly and efficiently is of utmost importance here.
You can polish some of the skills needed to improve your score with the case study exercises and guides found in our Strategy & Consulting practice pack.
Candidates for all grad schemes usually need to participate in a group exercise during the assessment centre. In this exercise, you are divided into small groups and need to work together to create a proposal based on a client case study. You need to go over the abundance of information you are provided with, discuss your ideas, and agree on the best solution – all within a short amount of time. At the end of the group exercise, you may each be asked to give a short presentation on a key point of the proposal, or the assessors will ask you some questions about it.
The Accenture group case study exercise is a challenge for many. It requires you to know how to manage your time wisely, quickly go over all the information provided, come up with innovative ideas and express them, and at the same time demonstrate great teamwork skills.
Before heading to the assessment centre, make sure to prepare with the case study and group exercise guides included in our Accenture preparation packs.
Some candidates will need to take an in-tray exercise as part of their assessment centre. This is a 30-minute individual exercise that examines your managerial, prioritisation, problem solving, and time management abilities. You are provided with a pack of information concerning different issues. Your job is to categorise and prioritise these issues. You should then draft an email to your superior explaining the resolution plan you have come up with.
Learn to manage your time and prioritise tasks with the in-tray exercises and guides included in our Accenture practice packs.
The last stage of the assessment centre is a one-on-one interview. This interview is conducted by either an HR representative or a manager.
The interview usually starts with some questions about the group exercise (e.g. how did you feel during the exercise, why did you choose a certain solution, etc.). You can also expect to encounter questions about your motivation and your knowledge of Accenture and its services, as well as competency-based questions. These questions will be similar to the questions you had during the phone interview. Here are some examples of Accenture interview questions.
The interview is your last chance to impress the recruiters and get into Accenture. To help you appear at your best, we have included in all of our Accenture preparation packs detailed interview guides. These guides, written by our accredited psychologists, offer important interview tips and cover different aspects of interviews. They discuss, among other things, competency-based questions and how to use the STAR method when answering them. They also provide sample answers to common interview questions. Together with the insights you will gain from reviewing your video interview sessions, you are sure to come prepared to your interview.
The interview process of applicants for the Software Engineering Programme may also include a skills interview. This interview will be held by a technology manager at the end of the assessment day. It will focus on your technical skills and experience relevant for the job.
During your selection process for Accenture you are sure to encounter some challenges. To help you beat them and get accepted into Accenture, our team of experts created three unique preparation packs:
The packages offer access to our smart digital interview preparation software as well as PDF guides to help you prepare for all types of interviews: video, phone, and face-to-face. In the packs you will also find comprehensive guides and exercises for different assessment centre activities. Each package also includes preparation materials for the relevant online test you may need to take at the beginning of the process (situational judgment test or deductive reasoning).
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