Office Hours: Accenture Talks Recruitment, Summer Internships and More!

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Accenture is one of the top consulting firms across the country – they have gained and maintained a reputation for professionalism and constant growth. These features make them a sought-after employer for students and grads.

On January 7th, Accenture’s recruitment experts and former interns opened the floor to TalentEgg-ers, answering their questions about recruitment, summer internships, and more. Check it out below!

Veronica (TalentEgg)

Hello TalentEggers – welcome to Office Hours! My name is Veronica, and I’ll be moderating today’s chat.

Over the next hour, our Accenture experts will be answering your questions about their top summer internships!

If you submitted a question in advance, that’s great! If you haven’t, don’t worry – you can begin submitting your questions directly now.

We’re going to be covering a lot of topics over the next hour… but first, let’s meet our Accenture experts. Could you introduce yourselves?

Gemma Trevan – Accenture

Hi Everyone and thanks for joining the session today! I’m Gemma Trevan, and I lead our Campus Recruiting team for Accenture in Canada.

I graduated from the University of Surrey in the UK, and worked in Recruitment for a couple of Investment Banks in London for 5 years, before joining Accenture almost 5 years ago now in Toronto.

As a campus team we work to recruit the next generation of talent to join Accenture both for management consulting, and technology consulting roles. We look to recruit the top talent at the undergraduate level, as well as MBA graduates, both for full time and summer internship opportunities.

Our focus today for this session is going to be on answering your questions about our summer intern program for undergraduate students, and we’re excited to spend the next hour answering your questions!

Cailey Ranot – Accenture

My name is Cailey and I am an analyst aligned to Accenture’s technology consulting practice based in Toronto. I’ve been with Accenture full-time since September 2014, and prior to that I completed a summer internship in 2013.

I am currently working on a local public health project, developing tools for a software implementation. Outside of work, some of my interests include travel and food. I love visiting different countries, learning about their cultures and cooking and eating their local foods!

Eleni Han – Accenture

My name is Eleni (pronounced like Melanie without the M) and I am a second year analyst in the Management Consulting Development Program based out of Toronto. I graduated from Ivey at Western University with an Honours in Business Administration and prior to that, I did 2 years of Health Sciences. Fun fact: I love to eat. My preschool tried to charge my parents double for my lunch fare because I out-ate all the other kids at the age of 2.

Veronica (TalentEgg)

Thanks everyone. Let’s get right down to the questions!

I’ll kick off the first one – could you let the Talent-Eggers know about the types of internships Accenture has to offer?

Gemma Trevan – Accenture

We are currently recruiting for summer internships. Undergraduates in their third year of a four year degree can apply for management consulting and technology analyst intern positions in Toronto and Calgary. MBAs completing their first year of a two year program can apply for MBA intern positions in strategy. The job descriptions for these roles are posted on the Accenture careers website and our Accenture profile on TalentEgg. The deadline for all MCDP and MBA internship applications is this Saturday, January 10 at 11:59pm Eastern time, and for Tech internship roles the deadline is Friday, January 16 also at 11:59pm Eastern time.

Veronica (TalentEgg)

Michelle, from Mount Royal University’s Policy Studies program, asks:
“How would you describe a typical day in this [internship] position?”

Cailey Ranot – Accenture

My work day always starts with a team status meeting, where we have a roundtable discussion about the tasks we are currently working on, upcoming important dates, and any questions or concerns we may have. These daily status meetings are so important because it keeps everyone on the same page. For this project, I work fulltime at the client’s office. We work very closely with many members of the client organization so because of this, a lot of my day is spent in meetings and work sessions with the client.

Veronica (TalentEgg)

Mohammed from York University, asks:
“What kinds of degrees are you on the lookout for?”

Gemma Trevan – Accenture

Glad you asked that. Accenture is open to hiring across all majors, but we find students with majors in business, computer science, MIS/CIS/IT, engineering and math, are most interested in and qualified for our positions.

Veronica (TalentEgg)

Ahron, an HBA candidate at Ivey School of Business, asks:
“What motivates consultants at Accenture most often? Is there a common theme?”

Eleni Han – Accenture

I’ve asked many senior managers, managers and consultants what keeps them here and what gets them excited to wake up in the morning and it’s always the same answer: the work and the people. I would say this is in line with my experience.

In my 1.5 years and my internship experience, I’ve worked across 4 different industries in strategy and operations. Not only is the work diverse, it’s interesting and fast-paced and I can honestly say I’ve learned an incredible amount in my time here. The people on the other hand are the backbone of the business. Part of the beauty of consulting is being able to work so closely in small teams with so many different people. It exposes you different leadership styles and allows you to learn something different from each person.

Veronica (TalentEgg)

Geet, an MBA at Schulich School of Business, asks:
“What, according to you, are some attributes of successful interns in the past?”

Cailey Ranot – Accenture

Be open-minded and be confident! During your internship, you will be expected to work on many assignments and perform tasks that you have never done before – and it’s okay if you don’t know what to do! Your internship, much like your consulting career as a whole, is a learning experience. You are expected to have questions and need help. And you are expected to ask for it. It’s the best way to learn.

As well, confidence is key. There is a good chance that you will interact with your client personally, and when you do, you will be representing Accenture, its unique offerings and its values. You were hired as an intern because of your skills and experience so own them!

Veronica (TalentEgg)

Christian, an honours Commerce graduate from University of Windsor, asks:
“Do you only take students who have previous work experience? If not, how likely is it that you will take students with minimal experience?”

Gemma Trevan – Accenture

We look for candidates whose background matches the job description and who are well rounded individuals. Although previous work and intern experience is great, we also look for candidates who have relevant volunteer experience, leadership skills, are involved in their campus or local community, participate in extracurricular activities, etc., as these are all great ways to develop your core skills to bring to an analyst intern role!

Veronica (TalentEgg)

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Veronica (TalentEgg)

This seems like a great time for our poll!

What do you want to know most about Accenture’s summer internships?

Application/interview tips (53%)
Growth opportunities within the company (21%)
Accenture’s company culture (16%)
What a typical day for an intern is like (11%)

Veronica (TalentEgg)

Jari, from Schulich School of Business, asks:
“What are key ways to stand out when applying to Accenture as an intern?”

Cailey Ranot – Accenture

I applied to Accenture because of my interest in healthcare strategy and technology. I made sure that both my resume and cover letter spoke loudly to this interest. I also connected with members of the Accenture health team prior to my interview to learn more about the types of project that they work on.

Throughout the interview process, I was told that my passion for healthcare stood out. I think it’s important to show that you are passionate about certain industries and types of projects. However, you should also be open-minded about learning new skills and working in other areas as well.

Veronica (TalentEgg)

Marlie, an HBA candidate at Ivey School of Business, asks:
“How do you develop leadership skills within your interns?”

Eleni Han – Accenture

There are so many different ways that internal and external leadership is recognized at Accenture. Internal leadership comes up as part of your performance review. Accenture literally has a performance category that is called “people developer” and it essentially means what have you done this year to develop people? In addition, any extracurriculars you do at the firm e.g. planning community events, supporting business development, supporting recruiting etc. are recognized in various forms and are also factored into your performance.

External leadership is also recognized and endorsed by our leadership – a peer of mine is part of a mental health organization outside of Accenture and he organized an Accenture team to go out and participate in the actual ride – we were the number one fundraising team at the ride, participants included several members of our Canadian Leadership including our country managing director!

Dave Campbell

Which skills are typically developed most in an Accenture summer internship?

Gemma Trevan – Accenture

Great question! I would look for opportunities on campus that can develop your leadership and collaboration skills, for example leadership roles in student clubs and organizations, but ensure that you take roles that are interesting to you, and you are passionate about, to really enjoy your time at School. Make the most of every opportunity available and broaden your skills as we look for candidates with a diverse range of experiences!

Veronica (TalentEgg)

Jiani, a Business student from Ryerson University, asks:
“This question is for the interns – what was your favourite part about the program?”

Cailey Ranot – Accenture

My favourite part of my internship was definitely the Student Leadership Conference in St. Charles! The weekend is full of interactive sessions with some of Accenture’s most inspirational leaders. I learned a lot about how my unique skills and experience can benefit my work at the firm. I also got to meet tons of other interns from cities across North America – many I’m still friends with today! The conference is a great way to build both your network and skills, which are both critical for your success at Accenture.

Veronica (TalentEgg)

Mohammed, a Commerce student at Queen’s University, asks:
“What was the most important thing you learned in your internship?”

Eleni Han – Accenture

I think a really diverse set of technical skills are developed depending on the types of engagements you are exposed to; however, some of the most important skills I learned were people related. Managing expectations was the most important lesson I learned in my internship. My team grew from 3 to 10 in a span of 8 weeks and I went from supporting 2 people to 5. I quickly learned to manage my own workload and prioritize tasks based on time sensitivity and need, but that was only half of the equation.

In consulting, you are working in a team. To work effectively in a team, part of it is making sure the people you are working with are aware of your workload so they know how much capacity you have and when they can expect to see something. I would say this is something most analysts struggle with when they first start because you’re not used to being accountable to others’ timelines as a student.

Veronica (TalentEgg)

Farah, a Business Management student at Wilfred Laurier University, asks:
“Any advice for people starting an internship with Accenture this summer?”

Eleni Han – Accenture

Make the most of your time at any internship to really get to know the people at the company. Recruiting is as much about companies assessing you as it is about you assessing if the company fits with your values, your morals etc .

An internship is an extended recruiting opportunity for you to actually get a feel for the company’s culture. Ask them about their lives, do they like their job, what would they do differently if they could – it’s not always about asking mind-blowing, super intelligent questions about their industry, figure out what it is that you actually want to know.

Kimberly

Eleni, Cailey and Gemma, thanks for taking the time to talk with us today! What is your favourite thing about the culture at Accenture

Cailey Ranot – Accenture

The culture at Accenture is extremely collaborative and welcoming. This became clear to me early on in my summer internship. At a team meeting only a few days into my internship, my senior manager stopped the discussion to ask for my opinion of the material he was presenting. I was so surprised that he would care what I, an intern, would think of the material he was creating. It became clear to me from then on, that everyone at Accenture is a valued team member regardless of their position. We all bring with us unique skills and experiences, and Accenture does an amazing job of recognizing and celebrating that.

Michael:

“How long is the internship program at Accenture?”

Gemma Trevan – Accenture

Accenture’s internships are 10 – 12 weeks in duration, typically starting beginning of June and running through to mid Aug.

Veronica (TalentEgg)

We have time for a couple more questions, TalentEgg-ers!

Bharath, a Masters Graduate in Engineering Management at the University of Ottawa, asks:
“Are full time graduates eligible to apply for internship programs at Accenture?”

Gemma Trevan – Accenture

For our internship roles we are looking for students that are in their penultimate year of study, so will be returning to School after the intern role to complete their final year of study. Since you’ve already graduated, I would advise that you look on the Accenture careers website to see all roles that are currently open.

Veronica (TalentEgg)

Shez, a Finance/Business student at the University of Alberta, asks:
“Does Accenture ever hire their interns after the program is done?”

Gemma Trevan – Accenture

Great question! We take a number of factors into consideration when making hiring decisions. An internship is a great opportunity for you to learn more about a potential employer, their culture and what a career in particular industry or profession may be like. It also gives the employer a chance to learn more about you, your skills and aptitudes. A number of our former interns have gone on to work with us full-time after they graduate, including both Eleni and Cailey here with me today!

Rafi k.
In which ways will an internship at Accenture make me more employable upon graduation?

Eleni Han – Accenture

Accenture is a globally recognized brand with a vast network of individuals (more than 319,000 employees). Working at a large and well-regarded company helps you build a great deal of credibility early on in your career. In addition, having such a vast network at your disposable opens so many potential future opportunities.

The experience here you gain is also invaluable and helps you grow as an individual. In my time here, I’ve become so much more comfortable with dealing with ambiguous and new situations (which is literally every new consulting engagement). It helped me build confidence, knowing that while I may not always have the exact pieces of the puzzle; I am a capable and resourceful individual and will be able to find my way in any (most) situation(s).

Veronica (TalentEgg)

Paul, a Business student at Ryerson University, asks:
“What is the hiring process like?”

Gemma Trevan – Accenture

You will need to apply both through your campus career center (if applicable) and online through the Accenture website. If selected for an interview, the process then differs based on whether you have applied to the Tech Consulting Intern role, or the Management Consulting Intern role. For the Tech Consulting role the interview process begins with an initial brief on-demand digital pre-screen, if successful this will be followed by an in-person Screen Interview that allows you to discuss your educational, work, and personal experiences, and really bring your resume to life!

The second stage will be a Behavioral interview, most likely conducted over the phone. Final round interviews are held in our Accenture offices, and are a chance for you to meet with Accenture Executives to assess overall fit with Accenture and the Intern position. For the Management Consulting role the interviews are held in 2 stages, and all are in-person where possible. The first round of Interviews consist of a behavioral interview, to allow you to discuss your educational, work, and personal experiences, and really bring your resume to life! Lastly, a full Case Interview.

If successful, the second and final stage consists of 2 interviews again, firstly another Case Interview, and then lastly an interview with an Accenture Executive to assess overall fit with Accenture and the Intern position.

Veronica (TalentEgg)

That’s all the time we have for today. Thanks for all your great questions TalentEgg-ers!

Before we go, I’d like to thank our egg-cellent guests from Accenture. Would you like to say anything before we close?

Gemma Trevan – Accenture

Thanks everyone for joining, and for the great questions, hope you found this valuable and have learnt a lot about what it’s like to be a summer intern at Accenture!

Cailey Ranot – Accenture

Thank you all for your great questions! Good luck to everyone who is applying for the position!

Eleni Han – Accenture

Thanks for being here today – I really hope you found something valuable here today!

Veronica (TalentEgg)

If you’d like to check out more about Accenture and their awesome summer internships, follow this link: http://talentegg.ca/employer/accenture/

Thanks again for joining us today, TalentEgg-ers! Keep your eyes on our Twitter (@TalentEgg) and Facebook (facebook.com/TalentEgg) for upcoming Office Hours events!

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