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Follow the links in the table below to learn more about the application and selection process of some known employers.

Accenture Bain&Co Blackrock CEB SHL
Deloitte FDM Hays Mckinsey
Mercer Oliver Wyman Towers Watson  Millward Brown


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Abbott Risk Consulting Able and How Acre
Across Career Management Akeso & Co Alternatives
Arcadis Argon Consulting Arup
ASAP ASE Consulting Astute Technical Recruitment
ATA Energy - Recruitment Agency Atkins Atos Consulting
Badenoch & Clark BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Barker Ross - Recruitment Agency for Energy
Baxendale BDO LLP Beach Baker Property Recruitment
BearingPoint BMT HI-Q Sigma Borderless - Recruitment Agency
Bourton Group LLP Box UK Bubenik Partners - Recruitment Agency
Capita Transformation Carnall Farrar Challenge Consulting Ltd
Chaucer Clarehill Associates Climate Human Capital - Recruitment Agency
CV Screen Dawn Ellmore Decision Technology
Digby Morgan Eden Scott EFESO Consulting
Egremont Group Eurostaff Group Ltd EY
Fitzroy Frazer Jones FreshMinds Talent
Fuel Recruitment Agency Gate One GE Healthcare Finnamore
Graduate Recruitment Company Grant Thornton Greengrass Consulting
Halcyon Search International - Recruitment Agency Handle Recruitment Hoggett Bowers - Recruitment Agency
Hudson Huntswood Huthwaite International
IBM Global Business Services INNERSQUARE Insight Recruitment
Integration Consulting Judd Farris - Recruitment Agency Kage partnership
Kloud Korn Ferry Hay Group Lawford Knight
LCP Consulting leap29 - Recruitment Agency Leathwaite - Recruitment Agency
LifeWorth Live Strategy Macdonald & Company - Recruitment Agency
Macmillan Davies Hodes - Recruitment Agency Managementors Marakon
Median Recruitment Mindbench Moorhouse
Mott MacDonald NES Global Netcel
Oakland Consulting LLP Observatory International, The OEE Consulting
Oystercatchers Pegasus Penna - Recruitment Agency
Philips Healthcare Transformation Services Piedmont Ltd - Recruitment Agency PPL
Prederi Principal Search - Recruitment Agency Prolaw
Propaganda Prosperity Recruitment PwC
Randstad CPE - Recruitment for Built Environment Rare Recruitment - social diversity recruitment RC Consultants - Recruitment Agency
Ruston WHEB Science Recruitment Agency | Hyper Recruitment Solutions Spring Personnel
Sysdoc Taylor Root Teaching Jobs In The UK | Teaching Work in The UK - Teaching ...
Thales Cyber & Consulting The Gap Partnership The Lawyer
The PSD Group - Recruitment Agency TotallyLegal Turnstone Services
Visa Consulting and Analytics Wipro Other HR Firm or Consultancy


What Is the Hiring Process for HR & Consultancy Jobs?

The hiring process for human resources and consultancy jobs involves passing a number of tests as well as impressing hiring managers. 

Online application: In your online application, you must detail your employment history, educational background, and motivation for applying for the position. Be sure to include the relevant keywords for the position—most employers receive such a high volume of applications that they use screening technology based upon keywords to select candidates for the next step of the hiring process. If you are applying for more than one position, edit your CV and cover letter so that they include unique content that is suitable for each position.

Online tests: You may have to take online psychometric tests such as numerical tests, verbal tests, and personality tests. Consultancy firms also have their own tests, such as a problem-solving test, situational judgment test, or in-tray exercise. You should find out which test provider the employer uses and study for that specific test, since applicants with scores under 70-80% will often be rejected automatically. Jobtestprep can help you prepare for any pre-employment test that you may be asked to take with our study guides and practice tests.

First interview: This interview is an in-depth examination of your CV. This interview will often be with a team member, and you will be asked situational questions as well as questions about your professional background. Be sure to back up everything that you say with evidence. Prior to the interview, think about how your work and educational experiences have contributed to your personal and professional growth. Make a list of specific scenarios that you will talk about during your interview to show your personality and abilities. You should also expect to be asked behavioural questions which expose your decision-making skills. You can find examples of interview questions that are often asked at HR and consultancy firm interviews below. You may also be asked to take another aptitude test to verify that the results of your previous exams were valid. Many assessment companies offer shorter versions of their tests for this purpose.

Case interview: This interview is usually conducted by the hiring manager. In the case interview, you will be presented with a situation that has inherent problems and challenges. You must identify the problems as well as the potential solutions, and talk through the process of selecting a solution with your interviewer. The purpose of the case interview is to evaluate your approach to problem-solving, your ability to see the bigger picture, your creativity, and your judgment. It is helpful to practice case interview questions ahead of time so that you will know what to expect.


Popular Human Resources and Consultancy Firm Interview Questions

Consultancy firms such as McKinsey love to ask strange and funny questions that evaluate your creativity and ability to think on your feet. These questions are similar to the following:

  1. How would you sell lemonade in the North Pole?
  2. How many roosters do you need in the United States?
  3. How much pizza is eaten every year worldwide?
  4. Tell me about a time that you persuaded someone who initially disagreed with you.

Other interview questions are designed to give the hiring manager a general idea of your personality. The way that you answer these questions may be a deciding factor in whether or not you are hired, because interpersonal skills, flexibility, and leadership skills are crucial for those working at HR and consultancy firms. Expect questions similar to these:

  1. Tell me about a conflict that you had with a coworker.
  2. What was a time that you worked in a team? What was your role within the team?
  3. How do you work under time pressure?
  4. What is an achievement, either personal or professional, that you are proud of?
  5. What was a time that you made an impact on a personal level?

 Be sure to practise answering these questions at home to ensure that you will feel confident and ready for your interview.