Office Hours: Learn About Careers in Consulting With Accenture

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Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations.

Interested in what questions students and grads like you are asking about getting involved with this egg-citing company? Check out this week’s Office Hours!

On August 10th, we took your questions and spoke to Heba, who is a Campus Recruiter from Accenture to gain some insight into this egg-citing industry. Over the course of the hour, we addressed your inquiries on everything from the hiring process to corporate culture at Accenture. If you weren’t able to attend this edition of Office Hours, we’ve provided a full transcript below. Let’s get cracking!

TalentEgg

Hello everyone! Thanks for joining us for Office Hours with Accenture. My name is Akemi and I’ll be moderating today’s chat.

If this is your first time attending Office Hours, I’ll explain how this works. Over the next hour, you can submit your questions for Accenture through the live chat box. Our guest eggs-perts will be answering as many of them as they can, so please be patient if your question doesn’t get answered right away.

If you pre-registered for our event and submitted an advance question, your inquiries will be answered shortly. Of course, if you have additional questions you’d like to ask, you can still submit them live at any time during the event.

Before we get started, let’s introduce our guest from Accenture! We’ll be speaking with Heba Khalife, a Campus Recruiter at Accenture. Heba, could you share a bit about yourself?

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Hello! My name is Heba Khalife and I’m a Campus Recruiter for Accenture. I’m responsible for connecting with top intern and undergraduate talent, as well as working with the successful employees to ensure their time at Accenture is a great and fulfilling work experience!

TalentEgg

Thanks for those introductions! And now to get things started, here’s our first question.

Savan, a Computer Science student at York University asks: “What skills do you look for in entry level interns?”

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Hi Savan. Thanks for your question! We are looking for well-rounded candidates with backgrounds that fit our job descriptions. While good grades are certainly important, we also look for candidates who have relevant work, internship or volunteer experience, leadership and collaboration skills, are involved in their campus or local community and participate in extra-curricular activities.

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Anish, an Electrical Engineering major at Queen’s University asks: “As an engineering major, what can I do to prepare for and stand out in my interview with Accenture?”

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Great question Anish. At Accenture, we take more than your degree into consideration when hiring for entry level roles. You can show an interest in consulting through coursework, extracurricular activities or internships. Strong analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills are also important, as well as excellent communication skills which can be demonstrated in your interview. Additionally, practice case studies prior to our case interviews!

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Faizan, a Masters student in Sustainability Management at the University of Toronto asks:
“Do you have any tips for writing a good cover letter and doing well in the interview?”

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Hi Faizan. Your cover letter should be an additional resource for you to tell your story versus it being a regurgitation of your resume. Focus on expanding on your experiences and how they relate to the role to which you are applying and use it as an opportunity to highlight your skills. The key to any successful interview is preparation – 1) know yourself (your goals, objectives and what you want in an employer; 2) know your resume (be able to speak to your academic and/or professional achievements, know your professional strengths and areas of improvement); 3) know the company (visit the company website (Accenture.ca/campus), attend info sessions/company-sponsored events, network with current employees/alumni); 4) practice case interviews! I would also encourage you to checkout our global careers blog for past and upcoming articles that relate to career tips accenture.com/careersblog

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Joanna asks: “For the case interview, if a certain metric doesn’t have a ‘correct’ solution, is it better to just come up with one even if it’s a bad idea or to outline why a conclusion can not be made due to missing information or other mitigating factors?”

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Hi Joanna. In case interviews we are evaluating your strategic and problem solving skills. The main objective is to evaluate how you think and approach an issue versus what the answer is. As long as you can articulate your answer with details and support your argument, you can be successful in this interview.

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Cody, a Rotman Commerce student at the University of Toronto asks: “Are there any job opportunities for 3rd year students? If so, when and where?”

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Hi Cody. Our internship program is for students between their 3rd and final year of university. You can learn more about an internship at Accenture by visiting our campus site at Accenture.ca/campus

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Alafiya, an Ivey Business student at Western University asks: “What does the future growth trajectory of Accenture look like?”

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Good question Alafiya. Our consulting career path recognizes our employees’ success with increased responsibility and opportunity. Promotions are based on performance and readiness to take on greater responsibility. The levels are analyst, consultant, manager, senior manager and managing director.

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Céline, a Computer Science student at Concordia University asks: “What are the primary things you look for in a job candidate at Accenture?”

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Great question Celine. We look for candidates who are well rounded. This includes: good grades, leadership skills. Involvement with student or community organizations, A strong work ethic and past work experience or internships. Transferrable skills that you may have acquired in other projects or part-time jobs such as problem solving, relationship building and time management are all considerations when reviewing a candidate’s resume. Of course, it is also important that the information in a resume align with the required qualifications listed for the job to which the person is applying.

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Yiwei, a Commerce student at Queen’s University asks: “How would you describe the organizational culture at Accenture?”

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Hi Yiwei. Understanding a company’s culture is always important! Accenture has a culture that fosters work life balance and the opportunity to collaborate and connect with the best people. For example, local offices host social events like “First Fridays” the first Friday of every month. Project teams and employee organizations will also go out for dinner, attend sporting events and community meetings to encourage employees to have fun and get to know each other. Another way teams like to bond are through volunteer opportunities through our corporate citizenship program. Check out our Instagram page to see photos from some of our fun, social activities.

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Elizabeth asks: “Does Accenture hire their interns for full-time positions?”

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Hi Elizabeth. During our internship we have an evaluation process based on your project work for the summer. At the end of the internship we make full time offers to those that had a successful summer to join us once they graduate!

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Matthew asks: “When will 2017 new graduate applications be open and around what time frames will the interviews be?”

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Thanks for your question Matthew. Our postings will be up for our full time recruitment cycle by late August and first round interviews will begin in October (exact dates to be determined!). Please also keep an eye out on your schools career page and calendar to see when we will be on campus for information sessions and other events!

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Abdul, a Mathematics and Economics double major student at the University of California Los Angeles asks: “How much knowledge of the consulting industry should a fresh graduate have to be successful at an interview at Accenture?”

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Great question Abdul! No prior consulting experience or knowledge is required to apply for an entry-level position at Accenture. We look for candidates who are well rounded. Good grades. Leadership skills. Involvement with student or community organizations. A strong work ethic. Past work experience or internships. As well as any transferable skills that you may acquire in other projects or part-time jobs such as problem solving, relationship building, time management, etc.

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Jason asks: “What specific extracurricular activities would you recommend for those who does not really have much relevant experiences to offer on the resume?”

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Hello Jason. We look for candidates that participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. This can include sports team, volunteer events, student groups or clubs, case competitions, and any other opportunities in general where you take a leadership position. These are all great examples you can highlight on your resume as we look beyond your academics when evaluating applications and instead look for well-rounded students.

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Hopiny asks: “What universities are you planning to visit? Are you planning to host any office tours in August or September?”

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Hi Hopiny, we recruit from a variety of universities across the country. Please check with your career center to see if we will be on your campus, or you can check our event calendar (https://www.accenture.com/c…). If we do not visit your school you can feel free to apply on our site directly at accenture.ca/campus.

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Muhammad, a student at the University of Windsor asks: “If you don’t have any previous industry experience, what’s the best way to begin building a career at Accenture?”

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Hi Muhammad, While industry experience is a plus, no experience is required to apply for an entry-level position with Accenture. We consider students from all majors that are top performers and have a proven track record of academic excellence and involvement in extra curricular activity. At Accenture, constant learning is essential to our success—and to having the best talent in the industry, which is why we make learning—from basic skills to industry-specific content—available to all our people. During fiscal 2015, Accenture spent US$841 million on the training and professional development of its people—delivering 15 million hours of training, at an average of more than 40 hours per employee.

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Syam, a Telfer Commerce student at the University of Ottawa asks: “What are the qualities of a successful new graduate entry-level hire at Accenture?”

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Hi Syam. The most successful analysts are the ones that take extra initiative on their projects, participate and contribute in meetings, that have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and are always willing to learn. They accept new leadership opportunities as they arise, and get involved in extracurricular events at Accenture such as volunteering for corporate citizenship activities!

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Marwa, a Marketing Management major at the University of Guelph asks: “What are the first steps someone in their graduating year takes to start a career in Consulting?”

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Hi Marwa, Look out for Accenture on campus to connect with our Recruitment team. Attend info sessions and workshops on campus to get insight into what a career at Accenture is like and be sure to network and follow up with any of the Accenture people you meet.

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Syam, a Commerce student at the University of Ottawa asks: “What’s the best way to leverage my network of contacts at Accenture to stand out in the recruitment process?”

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Hi Syam. Attend events and network with Accenture employees from the area you are interested in. We will be on campus in September for various events and information sessions so I would recommend attending as many as you can. You can leverage your current contacts by asking them for insight on what the day to day role as an analyst is like, and to get some exposure into the types of projects and industries you may be able to work in.

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Jacob, a Business Technology Management student at Ryerson University asks: “Would you hire someone for a technology role with little technical experience but great interpersonal skills?”

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Hi Jacob, what students studied is less important to us than how they think. We are looking for people with intellectual curiosity and an entrepreneurial spirit, who can build relationships, lead others, and aren’t afraid to question the norm. If you can demonstrate you are passionate about how technology is changing the way people work and live through your experience and extracurricular activities, and have a passion to learn, you can be considered for our technology consulting roles!

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Hopiny asks: “If you are going to describe Accenture’s work environment in one word, what would it be?”

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

Hi Hopiny, I would say “exciting!”. At Accenture, your career is an adventure. As an analyst you have the opportunity to work on many different projects and with a variety of clients. No two days are the same, and there are many opportunities to learn new skills and work with great people.

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And that concludes this session of Office Hours. Thanks for your questions everyone!

We’d like to give an egg-stra special thanks to our guests from Accenture. We certainly covered a lot of ground over the past 60 minutes.

Heba, do you have any closing final advice to give our students and grads?

Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter

My final advice would be to attend events on your campus and network prior to the application deadline! Information sessions and workshops are opportunities to meet with Accenture employees and not only to pitch yourself as to why you would like to work with us, but it is also an opportunity for you to meet a wide variety of Accenture employees. Use these opportunities to get a real sense of what a day in the life of an analyst will be (and no two analysts will have the same answer!) and to understand what a consultant at Accenture does. Thank you all so much for joining and asking such great questions! I hope to see you soon.

TalentEgg

For more information on career opportunities at Accenture, here is their TalentEgg employer page. Thank you so much for joining us and check out our website for all upcoming Office Hours!

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