1. Who are Accenture?
If you ask an Accenture recruiter this question, he/she would give you a lengthy and generic description, something like … a leading consulting firm that values sustainability and getting the best people … That description can very well fit almost every consulting firm out there.
In summary, there are the 2 basic points you should remember:
Accenture used to be the consulting department of a former “Big 5” accounting firm
The name of that firm is Arthur Anderson. Of course, Anderson is now gone (due to the Enron scandal in 2001), leaving us with only the Big 4, but the consulting department had already separated before that episode.
When that department left Anderson, it had to change its name, so we have Accenture!
Accenture is not purely management consulting
In this regard, Accenture is similar to the Big 4 accounting firms, who operates in other fields than management consultingtin.
For Deloitte, EY, PwC, those fields are finance, risk, tax, etc. For Accenture, it’s IT.
|Round 1||Round 2||Round 3|
This may sound strange, but Accenture’s case interviews don’t appear during the second round – these are actually placed in Round 3, while Round 2 mostly consists of behavioral or fit interviews
I’ll skip through the first two rounds and only focus on the most difficult and relevant topic: the case interviews.
Almost everybody out there is overly stressed about how to deal with Accenture cases. I got a ton of questions about how to prepare specifically for Accenture. I’ve read even more on various forums and discussion threads.
Well, I studied a whole lot of field reports and sample case studies from Accenture and I found out that people really overrate the difference between Accenture case study interviews and any other typical case interview.
As it turns out, overall, Accenture case interviews are still similar to those at the all-famous MBB consulting firms. As such, the principles as well as tips and tricks for other consulting case interviews – such as those explained in my comprehensive guide below – are still applicable at Accenture.
With the “big picture” out of the way, let us dive into some specific “popular perceptions” of the Accenture case interview:
You don’t need IT background to solve Accenture cases
Accenture may have IT-focused interviews, but NOT for management consulting positions.
Except for some case contexts which may be related to IT (e.g: Uber‘s profit‘s going down), you can expect to solve the case content-wise just like you would do for any other typical case interview.
Accenture case are mostly question-based
Based on the field reports I’ve studied, most cases were divided into multiple questions, each super specific and to-the-point. In some cases, those questions were not even closely related to each other. The case as a whole sounds like a casual business discussion on some pressing issues.
Interestingly, this style is somewhat similar to McKinsey’s interviewer-led style!
Accenture case are somewhat heavier on market-sizing questions
With that said, you can expect to see these questions in any case interview at major consulting firms. Market-sizing and guesstimate questions are popular and it’s no exception here.
Keep this in mind: Market-sizing questions are not about getting the correct number, but estimating in a structured and logical fashion.
Accenture case are not any heavier on math than any other case interviews
There is a myth circulating around the forums that Accenture case interviews are heavy on math.
Almost every case interview out there does test some consulting math, but I don’t see any reports or statistics showing that Accenture tests math more than other consulting firms.
Just think about it: is math the foundation of consulting work, and the main criterion in case interviews? Unsurpringly, the answer is “No”.
What they look for in case interviewees is structured problem-solving – in other words, you solve problems by systematically breaking it down into small, MECE pieces, identify the root causes, and draw actionable, long-impact solutions.
Learn the Secrets to Case Interview!
Join countless other successful candidates around the world
with our Case Interview End-to-End Secrets Program!
10 example cases with 100+ real-time feedbacks on tips and techniques, 50+ exercises on business intuition and 1300+ questions for math practice!