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 June 1st, we took your questions and spoke with recruiter Heba and technology consulting analyst Liam 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! My name is Lauren 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 guests from Accenture! We’ll be speaking with Heba Khalife, a Campus Recruiter, and Liam Kane, a Business & Systems Integration Analyst, both at Accenture. Heba, Liam, could you share a bit about yourselves?

Comment From Heba 
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!

Comment From Liam
Hi Everyone! My name is Liam and I am a Technology Consulting Analyst within Accenture’s retail practice. I help our clients transform their business processes by making the most of today’s newest technology innovations.

TalentEgg
Thanks Heba and Liam! And now to get things started, here’s our first question.

Mathee, a Software Engineering student at McMaster University, asks: “What is the career path for a Software Consultant?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Great question Mathee! Accenture is a great place to work for students with an interest in software engineering because that skill set is applicable across all five of our business areas (Strategy, Consulting, Technology, Digital and Operations). That being said, there’s no set career path for becoming a software consultant. Working on relevant projects, gaining expertise in the field and consulting with your career counsellor on your career trajectory are all key factors that will help you achieve your career aspirations at Accenture.

TalentEgg
Sowmya, a Computer Science and Engineering student, asks:
“Do you have any co-ops or internship opportunities available?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Hi Sowmya, Our internship program is an excellent opportunity to learn about Accenture – the company, the people and the culture. We look for students in their 3rd year of a 4-year degree in January for our summer internship program. Please check out your campus career center or the Accenture careers website during that time for available internship opportunities. In the meantime, you can visit www.accenture.ca/intern to learn more.

TalentEgg
Ahmed, a student at Queen’s University, asks: “What qualities do you look for in an applicant to your internships who wants to work with Accenture long term?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Hi Ahmed. We look for candidates that are well-rounded with a consistent track record of outstanding academic performance and high learning agility. We are looking to build our teams with individuals who are open, entrepreneurial and collaborative. Strong critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills are important, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

TalentEgg
Karthi, a student at Brock University, asks: “I would like to pursue a career as an Operations Manager. As an entry level job seeker, which job will best position me to get me to that management role?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Great Question Karthi. Many of our entry-level roles can lead to an Operations Manager position. Career growth and advancement are based on performance and readiness to take on greater responsibility, your ability to lead and your interests.

TalentEgg
Oyku, an Electrical Engineering and Economics student at McGill University, asks: “What is the interview process like for internships at Accenture, and do you have any tips?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Hi Okyu, Our interview process is two rounds. The first round consists of a behavioural interview and a case interview to get to know you and review your resume. The second round will be another behavioural interview with an Accenture executive. 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, attend info sessions/company-sponsored events, network with current employees/alumni). I would also encourage you to checkout our global careers blog for past and upcoming articles that relate to career tips at accenture.com/careersblog

TalentEgg
Dan asks: “What’s the biggest difference between summer recruiting and full-time recruiting?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Hi Dan. The interview process is the same for both intern recruiting and full-time recruiting. We recruit for summer interns in January of every year, and full-time recruiting in September and October. You can refer to the answer above for details on what our interview process looks like. Thanks!

TalentEgg
Piyush Dhingra asks: “Does Accenture prefer that its employees complete their MACC or go through the regular CPA program to obtain their designation?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Hi Piyush. While none of our positions require candidates to have certifications, it’s important to fill your resume with skills, experiences and certifications that will make you stand out as an accomplished and qualified applicant. Highlighting that certification is proof of your competency and willingness to learn.

TalentEgg
Victoria asks: “How do the recruitment styles vary between the different areas of Accenture?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Great question Victoria. The interview process for all our interns is the same. 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! If successful the second and final stage consists of 2 interviews again, firstly a Case Interview, and then lastly an interview with an Accenture Executive to assess overall fit with Accenture and the Intern position.

TalentEgg
Piyush Dhingra asks: “What inspired you to become a part of the Accenture family?”

Comment From Liam: Technology Consulting Analyst
Piyush, Accenture stood out to me as a place where I could grow, get a breadth of experience quickly and be surrounded by other people that are ready to work hard to deliver value to our clients.

TalentEgg
Kendra, a graduate of the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, asks: “What kind of support is available for new hires at Accenture?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Great question Kendra. As an MBA hire at Accenture, you’ll become part of a strong network created to help you grow and advance your career through coaching and mentoring as well as formal training and development. The program is designed to accelerate core strategy skill building and give you exposure to Accenture Strategy, its various industry and functional teams, and people.

TalentEgg
Cindi asks: “What advice do you have for experienced candidates applying for entry level positions? Are there internships open for experienced professionals?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Hi Cindi. Our internships are focused on students who are currently enrolled in university and are in the summer before their final year. Accenture looks for experienced analysts as well outside of the campus recruitment cycle. You can visit our career site to see any current openings we have for entry level Analysts.

TalentEgg
Dan asks: “In your experience, what’s separated a high-performer from a mediocre-performer at the workplace?”

Comment From Liam: Technology Consulting Analyst
Hi Dan, Great question. High performance is a term that carries many different meanings depending on what situation you find yourself in. On a high level, high performers tend to be the people on a team that are ready to take initiative, work to exceed client expectations and stay mindful of the big picture when delivering value to our clients.

TalentEgg
Marwa, a Marketing Management Major at the University of Guelph, asks: “What kind of experience would I need to apply for an entry-level consulting position? Do you often hire interns as full-time employees once their term is done?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Hi Marwa. While internship 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.

TalentEgg
Piyush Dhingra asks: “What is it like to work at Accenture? Any challenges you faced in your earlier months of employment? Something that really stood out in an extremely positive way about working at Accenture?”

Comment From Liam: Technology Consulting Analyst
Hi Piyush, One aspect of consulting that can be challenging at first is getting to know the organization and building out your personal network. Most Accenture employees spend the majority of their time working closely with our clients, so there are not always opportunities to connect across projects with other Accenture staff. Luckily, there are constantly events/volunteering opportunities being put on to bring people together and give everyone a chance to connect in more informal settings, which end up being one of the biggest benefits of working here.

TalentEgg
Kendra asks:
“What is most prioritized by Accenture regarding the following: GPA, relevant experience, extracurricular involvement, and ones performance during the interviews?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
We look for candidates who are well rounded and balanced in all areas. Good grades, leadership skills, involvement with student or community organizations, and a strong work ethic. Past work experience or internships. As well as any transferrable skills that you may acquire in other projects or part-time jobs such as problem solving, relationship building, time management, etc.

TalentEgg
Mohammad, a Finance and Economics student at the University of Toronto, asks: “What makes Accenture stand out from other consulting firms in terms of employee mentorship programs? What kind of development programs do your interns get to participate in?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Hi Mohammad. Our team culture offers you a diverse network of talented, flexible and pragmatic colleagues and leaders who are committed to helping you—and ultimately our clients—succeed. You will continuously develop your own strengths and expand your expertise with the support of a robust network to help ensure your success. Your support team includes human resources, your direct supervisor, a dedicated career counselor, and formal and informal mentors you meet along the way. They will work with you to help ensure you are building the right skills to meet your career goals. There is always someone to bounce ideas off, support and guide you, and provide counsel.

TalentEgg
Kendra asks: “What would be your top piece of advice to someone who is looking for a career at Accenture?”

Comment From Liam: Technology Consulting Analyst
Hi Kendra, Here are some of the things I did to try and be the most competitive applicant I could be: I made sure to attend recruitment events, competed in case competitions, completed internships prior to my Accenture internship, prepared & practiced answers to common interview questions (tip: use the STAR method: Situation, Task, Action, Result) and sought out leadership positions within extracurriculars while at school.

TalentEgg
Piyush Dhingra asks: “Beyond this chat, what other avenues/opportunities are available for students to speak with the Accenture team?”

Comment From Liam: Technology Consulting Analyst
Hi Piyush! You can connect with Accenture by liking their page on Facebook or follow them on Twitter at @AccentureCAJobs. Finally, visit “https://accenturealumni.com/” to connect with their alumni recruiters.

TalentEgg
Piyush Dhingra asks: “If you could describe Accenture or the culture at Accenture in one word or a phrase (whatever you prefer) what would it be?”

Comment From Liam: Technology Consulting Analyst
Welcoming. The culture at Accenture is very open and built around relationships. The work environment is very inclusive, giving employees plenty of outlets to be themselves, make a difference and feel like they are valued both inside and outside of the workplace.

TalentEgg
Cindi asks: “How do you handle the work life balance at Accenture?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Hi Cindi. We offer our employees a number of programs including flexible work schedules, fly-backs for travelling consultants, the use of virtual collaboration tools such as TelePresence and desktop sharing to better connect and work with geographically dispersed teams.

TalentEgg
Sheriann Tingling asks: “Hello! I am interested in project management, which department would that fall under in Accenture? Which campus recruiter can I contact to learn more about it?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Great question Sheriann. Analysts in all 5 areas of our business will have exposure to project management in some capacity. The project you are on can expose you to one or many areas of the project management lifecycle. As for meeting a recruiter, I would recommend you check out the events calendar to see when we will be on campus as you will have an opportunity to meet both recruiters as well as people from the business at these events: www.accenture.com

TalentEgg
Ayan, a Business Technology Management student at Ryerson University, asks: “What does a typical day look like as an intern at Accenture?”

Comment From Liam: Technology Consulting Analyst
Ayan, While this answer varies heavily based on the stage of the software development lifecycle (SDLC) the project finds itself in, currently my typical week would consist of having meetings with the business to learn about their processes, discussing how best to meet their needs with the project team and documenting our findings to better plan for the future of the project.

TalentEgg
Amanda, a Commerce and Psychology major at Carleton University, asks:
“How can a candidate show that they fit in your company culture and vision? Do you hire based on employee referrals?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Amanda, The best way to show that you fit into our company culture is to interact with us! Attend campus events to understand what or culture is like and to make connections with current employees. If you will be entering your third year of school, an internship is a great opportunity for you to learn more about our culture and demonstrate that you are a good fit. To answer your other question, employee referrals are an important recruitment channel for us, as they are being recommended by people that understand the culture and business that we do. However, we have a number of different sourcing channels we look at when making final hiring decisions.

TalentEgg
Yimeng, a Chemical and Biological Engineering student at the University of British Columbia, asks: “Is it possible for an engineering student to work in financial firm?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Hi Yimeng. We have many projects in the Financial Services sector. We are looking for well-rounded individuals so your degree isn’t the only deciding factor. If you have an interest in Financial Services, there are opportunities at Accenture that can allow you to do so.

TalentEgg
Seana, a student at Ryerson University, asks: “How much travel is involved in a consulting career? Is this profession an opportunity for me to see the world?”

Comment From Liam: Technology Consulting Analyst
Hi Seana, The amount of travel you may do is very relative depending on your circumstances. I am currently working within my home city of Toronto. I am new to the city (originally from Montreal) and am aiming to spend a year or so here exploring the city before beginning to travel. I have met many analysts while with Accenture who have been travelling since day one, so it really depends on what practice/industry you get aligned to.

TalentEgg
Piyush Dhingra asks: “What fun socials and activities do Accenture employees do? Are these activities planned by the company or do the employees have a strong social network outside of work?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Piyush, Accenture has a work hard play hard culture. For example, local offices host a fun First Fridays event every month. Project teams and employee organizations will also host dinners, happy hours, 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.

Guest
“How does one prove transferrable skills on their cv, for example how do I prove that I’m a good problem solver, or relationship builder?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Hi. Transferrable skills can best be showcased by using quantifiable details on your resume. For example, if you increased revenue by a certain amount, or improved a process and its efficiency, those are great ways to show some of your skills. If you are a student, you can speak to examples of class projects or extracurricular activities where you demonstrated those skills.

TalentEgg
Kevin, an Electrical Engineering student at the University of Waterloo, asks: “How can I switch careers from Engineering into a more business-oriented role at Accenture?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Hi Kevin. At Accenture, we take more into account than just your degree when hiring for entry-level roles. Aptitude, interest, and business fit are also important factors we consider. Once you’re in your role, building your contacts and working with career counsellor are great ways to build your network of people who can help mentor and guide you toward your career goals.

TalentEgg
Lisa asks:”How can I make sure I stand out at recruiting events? Do you have any events coming up?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Hi Lisa. I would recommend you use recruiting events as an opportunity to meet with many people from all areas and levels of Accenture. These are a great opportunity to network and ask questions to get a really good understanding of what the company culture is like and the different types of projects you can be exposed to are. You can visit our events page to see where we will be on campus and when!

TalentEgg
Cindi asks: “There have been different points of view attached to whether introverts can thrive in consulting. What are your opinions in this regard?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Hi Cindi. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, there is a place for you at Accenture. Our focus is to hire high performers!

TalentEgg
Davide, a student at the University of Toronto, asks: “What kinds of projects do consulting or analyst interns undertake?”

Comment From Liam: Technology Consulting Analyst
Davide, Accenture analysts/interns work on virtually all projects in some capacity. What varies from project to project are the roles played by the analysts/interns and how they will contribute to the overall success of the project. In my experience, analysts work on the front-end of the project team, contributing to deliverables, building out project plans, participating in client meetings and making sure that the expectations of the client are being met in the most efficient ways possible.

TalentEgg
Angela asks: “How can I connect to Accenture?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Hello Angela. Thank you for your interest in returning to Accenture! We encourage you to visit accenturealumni.com to connect with our dedicated team of alumni recruiters. They can help you navigate the alumni rehire process.

TalentEgg
Piyush Dhingra asks: “How has Accenture evolved over the years (becoming more mobile perhaps or focusing on a specific industry)? Any trends that Accenture is working to capture or a change in vision that you have experienced?”

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Accenture is constantly evolving to anticipate and meet the needs of our busienss clients. Changes and shifts in technology and digital are a big ongoing focus for us. If you’d like to hear more about some of the latest trends that have been identified, you can join our Tech Vision Webcast on June 9th at noon

TalentEgg
Dan asks: “When on a coffee chat, what would you recommend we ask to stand out?”

Comment From Liam: Technology Consulting Analyst
Dan, There are a variety of different topics you can discuss when chatting with someone in an informal setting. Their current role, their history with the organization, extracurriculars they may be involved with, their opinion on different industry trends you may have heard about and any advice that they may have for you to better differentiate yourself as an applicant are all things that come to mind as good starting points for a conversation.

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

Comment From Heba: Accenture Campus Recruiter
Thank you all for the great questions this hour! I am happy to see so many of you have taken an interest in getting to know more about the opportunities and culture at Accenture. As general recruitment advice, please continue to get involved in as many student groups and initiatives as you can throughout the year and to partake in case competitions and practice to ensure you are prepared for our interview process. I look forward to meeting some of you at upcoming recruiting events on campus this September. Have a great summer!

Comment From Liam: Technology Consulting Analyst
Thanks everyone for the questions today, it has been a lot of fun hearing from all of you. I know first hand how hard it can be to learn about different companies and figure out which might be the right fit for you so it is so nice to of been able to share a bit of my day-to-day here at Accenture. I hope this has been helpful for you and wish you all the best of luck going forward!

TalentEgg

Thanks everyone for submitting your career questions!Be sure to look out for future events on our Office Hours page as well!

Be sure to look out for upcoming career opportunities with Accenture on their TalentEgg employee page.

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