Accenture is hunting for brainy, and talented graduates, who think “ in all sort of different ways” to support the company in delivering services to clients from across at least 40 different industries. It offers graduate programs in Strategy, Consulting, Analytics, Client Delivery, Software Engineering, Technology Architecture, Information Security, Operations, Marketing, and Communication.
To get in the mix with Accenture – world’s largest consulting and technology firm – you will have to go through a multi-stage recruitment process, that regardless of the Graduate Program you are applying for, will comprise of at least few of the stages we thoroughly explained for you below.
Accenture Application Process
There are 4 stages of the Accenture Application Process:
Stage 1: Online Application ( tests will vary according to the Graduate Program specialisation)
- Situational Judgement Test
- Diagrammatic Reasoning Test
- Logical Reasoning Tests
- E-tray Exercise
Stage 2: Online Video Interview
Stage 3: Assessment Centre
Stage 4: Final Interview with HR team / Case Study
Psychometric tests are a key component of Accenture’s Application Process. Upon filing the application, depending on the Graduate Programme of your interest, you might be asked to complete one of these tests: Situational Judgment Test, Diagrammatic Reasoning Test, Logical Reasoning Test, E-tray Exercise.
Details on psychometric tests used in Accenture’s Application Process can be found below.
Accenture Situational Judgement Test
Accenture’s Situational Judgement Test is a set of questions assessing how you might react to hypothetical events and situations that might be encountered in the Accenture’s workplace environment. This will be a litmus test for your values, assessing if they match with the company’s culture. So do your research and try to memorise them by heart ( might come in handy in the future!). To name a few to get you started – Integrity, Client Value Creation, Stewardship …
These tests concentrate on your ‘ people skills’ so, good communication and networking abilities should earn you a few points. Whilst they vary in form, usually, you will be presented with a number of descriptions to which you are obliged to provide an appropriate response from a multiple choice list. So, try to be as sensible as you can and use the full capacity of your emotional intelligence.
The catch in any Situational Judgment Test is the high probability of any of the presented answers. We recommend you to think in accordance with the promoted values outlined in the company’s profile, but to really ace it you might want to work on your situational- judgment muscles while taking the mocking Situational Judgment Tests mirroring the exact Accenture’s psychometrics test.
Accenture Diagrammatic / Logical Reasoning Test
The good news – a very bright six-year-old kid could solve a Diagrammatic Reasoning Test since there is no prerequisite knowledge required. The bad news – you still need to prove you have better logical and analytical skills than this kid. How? Well, you need to familiarize yourself with the format first.
These tests will assess your sequence and pattern identification skills, logical thinking and ability to approach a problem and solve it! But it’s easier said than done. You have a limited time to do it – a minute or less per question. The difficulty of questions is also likely to increase gradually.
Therefore, good timing is vital. Questions are comprised of numbers, figures, and shapes arranged in a particular pattern. Your task as the brainy candidate is to deduce the underlying logic of a pattern, and guess what is next to follow. But for now, you might want to follow to the test page to see if what we have just said makes any sense at all.
Accenture E- tray Exercise
Before you skip this section, we have to clarify – it’s not just the ‘e-mail skills’, so you might want to consider preparing yourself for this exercise as well. In fact, rather than checking your e-mail literacy Accenture’s E-Tray Exercise is another simulated work task measuring your probable performance in the company’s workplace.
The exercise is usually integrated with other selection procedures ( might be a part of online application or assessment center), and correspond with your future day- to- day responsibilities, as it is tailored to the company, but also to the role you are applying for.
One of the possible scenarios might be a situation when you receive a bunch of e-mails which you are expected to read and respond to, while proving ability to prioritize and process information. Bur rather than just checking if you ca get a hold of your inbox, it is your multitasking skills and ability to be organized under pressure that is being verified.
This has to be done in a manner as if you have been an employed already. Since you pictured yourself joining the company, this should not be too complicated, however, to get that confidence you might want to consider practicing a little before.
Accenture Online Video Interview
If everything went well, and the talent acquisition team at Accenture who has been reviewing your Online Application Form is happy with the result of your Application you would be invited for an online video interview.
The Accenture Digital Interview is a standard question and answer evaluation, the only difference is the format. If you need an advice – don’t just list your skills, try to find a variety of examples to prove them.
The interview should not take longer than 30 minutes, and it can be completed at any time and location you choose to do so.
Questions will be asked in a text format and appear on the device on your screen. At the time, there will be no human being present listening to your answers, so you might find it a bit more easy-going than a regular interview, however, it might be useful to get comfortable with a camera presence beforehand!
Accenture Assessment Centre
Congratulations, you made it to the last level! The Accenture Assessment Centers are usually a mix of individual and group exercises followed by an HR interview. These will differ depending on the job position you are applying for, but make sure you are prepared for both.
Group Exercise – the exercises will vary, but the general skills that the assessors are looking for is a good balance between teamwork and leadership skills. You might be a great leader, but approach the group exercise as a test of your collaboration and teamwork skills.
Interview with or without a Role Play/ Case Study – The very final stage of the Accenture Assessment Centre will be a typical behavioural interview, with a few questions regarding your CV. But some of you might also undergo a case study interview, in which you will have to embark on a role play with the interviewer. It doesn’t have to be an Oscar performance since it’s more about your behaviour, knowledge and the way you handle certain scenarios. Again, this will be a simulation of a problem encountered by the company to which you need to find a solution, so strong acting skills are not necessary but reasonable knowledge of the company and its clients is a must.