Hi Nancy, thanks for joining us today. I wouldn't say it's a mistake as such but from my experience in interviewing/recruiting I would sometimes see applicants not making their answers personalised enough. It's hard to sometimes think of specific reasons you want to work at a company outside of the usual reputation, profit, size reasons. But I would definitely encourage applicants to be as specific as possible about their personal reasons for wanting to work for the organisation and industry - link it to your background, interests, likes and dislikes, hobbies etc.
So in terms of why you want to work at the company, as opposed to tailoring interview answers to Accenture projects?
Linking to Accenture projects is a good one - but again research and pick out a project that really hit home with you rather than just one of our famous projects. Chances are you'll be able to talk about it more passionately and that really brings out a genuine personal interest.
Should you choose a project from the specific pillar of Accenture you apply for, or anywhere in the company?
Are you interested in the grad roles or experienced hire?
Actually that is another question I had. I’m on a graduate role at the moment, about 18-24 months in. Would I be able to apply for experienced hire?
I would definitely recommend have a look at our jobs site to see if any roles interest you. Our next level up from grad/entry level is Consultant and we usually look for 3+ years of experience for this but this depends on the role itself.
Ok, good to know it’s not a definite no. I don’t have experience in the specific area of a job I’m looking at but meet other criteria/experience/soft skills. I signed up to a networking event for industry x.0 which was rescheduled to next week, I haven’t had any confirmation about it though. Do you know anything about that event?
Hhmm... let me double check this with the Digital recruiters for you
I do have some more questions:
- What makes someone a successful Accenture employee?
- What do you think makes Accenture an attractive/interesting place to work?
- Are there particular areas hiring more than others?
- A lot of the roles say 100% travel. Do you have much choice in this/the projects you work on?
- There are some posts on the job site that are recruiting for a range of levels. Are they fixed in the number of people to be hired at each level eg one consultant only, or does it depend on the people applying?
Sure, happy to work through these.
Yes, our business areas have different demand depending on the work they have sold, client projects they have live etc.
We definitely ask applicants to be flexible as our clients are all over the UK (and globe) so you may be based on projects outside of your home city, this might not mean you are there Mon - Fri, it could be just one day or two days, it really depends on the project.
Although you will have a dedicated HR specialist allocating you onto projects you are also encouraged to network and apply for projects you are interested in.
We tend to have fixed demand, some roles require more than one person, others just the one, or one team may need people at multiple levels. If you are curious about this you could always ask the recruiter of the job post and they would know best.
In terms of how to be a success employee at Accenture, I think being flexible and making the most out of every opportunity is key. The really high performing employees I've seen are involved in so much more outside of their project, this allows them to network more, find projects they like etc.
Accenture is a big company and it's easy to get lost in it all, but getting involved in community groups, corporate citizenship, networks etc can really set you apart but also improve your overall confidence and enjoyment for work.
And lastly why I think it's a great place to work: I work in Inclusion and Diversity, which has always been my passion. I've been at Accenture for almost 4 years now and I have really seen the genuine focus on this and how important it is to people but the organisation as a whole.
Thanks so much Mehreen, that’s good to hear. In my current company, I’m involved in several initiatives outside my role, I think the scale an organisation like Accenture can bring would make those initiatives more impactful and interesting to work on.
That's great to hear. Yes, we have some great networks and initiatives that everyone can get involved in.
Besides inclusion and diversity what are some other networks/initiatives?
So we get 3 charity days a year, which you can use with your team (if they have anything planned) or by yourself by sourcing an initiative externally. Accent of Family, Disability, Ethnicity, Religion and Gender are some of our networks which run great events and programmes, sometimes social, sometimes work focused, a mix of everything really.
We also encourage people to reach out to us and take part in recruiting events and programmes.
Outside of this we have societies like sports and wine tasting (yes wine tasting!), across all interests really.
Sounds great, I’d love to be involved! (Not just for the wine tasting). Did you hear back about the industry x.0 event?
Not yet unfortunately, I've not been able to get hold of them just yet!
Ok. Shall I stay on here? I think I’m done with questions for today, you’ve been very helpful!
Great - glad you found it helpful! Feel free to drop me a message via LinkedIn and I'll get back to you once I hear back about the digital event?
Thanks Mehreen, just sent you a message!
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