I have a ACN strat case interview lined up next week (the 75 min ones).
I was wondering as to the style of ACN's case interviews:
Are they more interviewer-led or candidate-led?
Also, is there a large tendency to squeeze in a quantitative component into the middle of it (ie, guesstimate this, or spread the numbers based on exhibits A/B/C)?
Lastly what kind of cases do they usually query candidates on?
Accenture Case Study Details
Our users shared that the case studies are usually interviewee led but the case itself is determined by the interviewer who had experience working on the situation. Our users felt that the quantitative element was not overwhelming.
They use an interviewee led style, and the case is developed by the interviewer. What this means practically is that you shouldn't expect highly developed charts or data tables, and be prepared to ask good questions that test a running hypothesis once you set up your initial framework.My ACN case interviews were the easiest ones that I went through (did receive an offer); the quantitative portions were very straight forward.
Pro tip 1: After your conclusion, make sure you include a next steps section. For example: "I would perform or commission a follow up study to determine definite answers to issue X and Y, as well as have a team interview professionals in Y company to determine realistic options for implementing the plan we discussed above". Because Accenture is a large firm with a heavy focus on implementation style work, their ideal world is to own a project from start to finish.
Pro tip 2: Ask the interviewer about the engagement once you finish the case. Because they worked on the case, they will be very excited to talk about it and share their experience. It's usually an interesting story, and your curiosity will leave a positive impression.
It's usually interviewee led but can turn into more of a back and forth depending on the interviewer. For example, you (as the interviewee) might be asked the initial question to which you might ask clarifying questions. The interviewer might respond with answers and/or guidance. It's a back and forth process.
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