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Interview: Tips & Advice

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What kind of candidates does your firm look to hire? What tips and advice would you offer potential candidates? How would you recommend candidates best prepare for the interview?

2015

"Be prepared, go to events organised throughout the year and speak to employees who work at Accenture. They were genuinely eager to help answer any questions I had and offered their email addresses in case I wanted to ask a question at a later date. So my best tip would be to engage!"
Graduate, Dublin
"Focus on your core competencies (team member, leadership, adaptability and high performance) and use examples from your academic and non-academic background. They like people who are well-rounded. Also have a clear idea of what we do and why you want to work for us - talk to your assigned buddy or do research on the website. Bring in any research you are doing - e.g. a dissertation or final year project."
Graduate, Dublin
"Definitely know competency questions well, have an understanding of what Accenture does and reach out to current employees for advice when applying here."
Graduate, Dublin
"When applying you should research Accenture online as there is loads of information available. Also, reach out to someone within the company because they like to hear that you've made contact with employees."
Graduate, Portsmouth
"Be confident in yourself and understand the kind of work the company does and the clients it has."
Graduate, Dublin
"There are two rounds of interviews. The first consists of one interview that is an hour long. The second has three parts - an MD interview, senior manager interview and a case study. All but the case study focus on competencies, so know these inside out and be able to back them up with past experiences. Review the Accenture website to understand its core values and the role description."
Graduate, Dublin
"Show your desire to work for the company in your application. Know the company and what it does too, and be very clear that it is your first choice and why."
Entry level, Dublin
"Take time filling in your first application as this needs to make it through the screening process, which is probably the most difficult part. There are two interviews and a case study. Make sure you know about the company, what they do and the role you are applying for. Have plenty of examples of where you showed leadership, teamwork and mention any extra-curricular activities you take part in. Often they are looking for personable people who would work well with a client."
Graduate, Dublin
"You'll be given a mentor or buddy in the run up to interviews. Use this person to ask them about the sort of traits the company are looking for. Spend some time thinking about your answers for competency questions in a variety of different roles."
Graduate, Dublin

2014

"Be enthusiastic, be prepared and be a good communicator. Try not to be nervous and really sell the best side of you."
Midlevel, Dublin
"Do your homework! Research Accenture and attend one of the many events we host throughout the year. As a graduate I think our Accenture Experience events and presentations on campus provide a great opportunity to speak to Accenture colleagues and understand what we do and the type of work you could be involved in as an analyst."
Entry level, Dublin
"Accenture are looking for candidates who are good in front of people and can demonstrate an eagerness to learn, strong problem-solving skills and focus under pressure. They do not look for people with specific knowledge from college, it is more about your attitude and ability to learn quickly. That combined with good self-awareness, (i.e. why you want to work there and how your past experience prepares you for that), and people skills will generally mean you do well."
Midlevel, Dublin
"Be yourself - you want to make sure Accenture is the right fit for you as much as whether you are the right fit for Accenture. If you are not suited to the work environment, you will hate the job. To prepare - read up on what's happening in the news, see what Accenture is involved in on their website and have a real sense of how you would fit into the company from what skills you have to offer and what interests you would like to pursue here."
Consulting, Graduate, Dublin
"Make sure you don't skim over your hobbies in your CV or in your interview. The interviewers want to see that you are able to shut off after work and have a work/life balance. They also want to see that you have a passion for something and that similarly you can be interested in aspects of the job."
Technology, Graduate, Dublin
"Research the company, research the industries we work in so you are prepared for the interview. Get in contact with people who already work here to see what the day-to-day work is like."
Graduate, Dublin
"Be honest on your CV and know every point inside out. At my university there was a practise interview and a CV workshop with Accenture employees - make sure to utilise all of these opportunities."
Graduate, Cork
"Know the company. Know their competitors and the areas they work in. Remember it's a person you're sitting across from and they are looking to see if they can place you in front of clients on a day-to-day basis. Be personable!"
Entry level, Dublin
"Know the Accenture core competencies and have strong examples of how you have demonstrated each one in the past."
Midlevel, Dublin
"Read the Accenture website and watch our YouTube videos. Be passionate about why you want to work for Accenture and why you deserve the job. Let your personality shine through and be yourself!"
Graduate, Dublin
"Know your CV inside-out, be personal and friendly. If possible, research your interviewer beforehand. Find a common interest between you and your interviewer and use that to open more natural comfortable conversations."
Entry level, Dublin
"Know what we do and what you expect to be doing day-to-day. Have a genuine interest in technology and be prepared to talk about it in interview."
Graduate, Dublin

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