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Accenture Strategy - How do typical case interview questions for interns look like?

Hannah asked on Mar 15, 2018 - 3 answers
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It depends on what they've told you would have. When I worked 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



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Hi Hannah,

there is no such thing as typical case interview questions for interns. The case questions will be identical to what you would face as an applicant for a permanent position. The difference will be in the expectations that might be a bit milder for some dimensions (e.g., maturity in demeanor and communication, business accumen, second level implications of recommendation). So preparation should not be different compared to a permanent full time position application.

That being said, Accenture cases are often divided into multiple questions, each of them very specific. Interestingly, this style has a certain resemblancer to McKinsey’s interviewer-led style.

Cheers, Sidi

Amina replied on Mar 15, 2018

I had my interview at Accenture Strategy a few years ago and it involved group interview, brainteasers, cases. It was nothing special until I got the last interview with their manager. It was a disaster - extreme bulling that made me leave the room and never get back to that company.