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Accenture case help! (Business case and Strategic thinking Assessment)

Pavani Gulati

Hi - Does anyone have any experience interviewing with Accenture? Mainly trying to understand more about Business case and Strategic thinking assessment

Vlad replied on March 09, 2017
McKinsey / Accenture / Collected all Big 3 offers / Harvard Business School

Hi Pavani,

It depends on what they've told you would have. At accenture I've seen 2 types of interviews:

1) Case interview with the manager

  • No clear guidelines for cases, so the case depends on the manager
  • 60% chance that it will be marketsizing
  • 40% chance - profitability and general frameworks
  • Interviewers are less demanding than at Big3. unless you meet an ex-big3 consultant as an interviewer

2) Assessment center

  • You will be in a group of 6-10 other candidates
  • You'll have a case (general business problem though with various aspects to look at, i.e. marketing, supply chain, finance)
  • The main goal is to discuss the case together and come to a collaborative solution

My advice for the assessment center:

  • Don't take a leadership role trying to organize and manage other people unless you are a 100% natural leader
  • Act rather like a contributor with: a) frameworks to structure the problem b) rough calculations c) Industry / functional knowledge (it helps to be a background in marketing or supply chain) d) creative ideas
  • Be nice and friendly with everyone and don't try to show that you are better than others. Rather impress with contribution and impact

P.S. If you are applying for technical roles make sure that you know tech trends in corp software and Accentur point of view on these problems (google it)