Consultant interviews typically involve a more specialized form of mental gymnastics than other types of job interviews. They ask a variety of behavioral questions and ask you to interpret case studies. In an article for the Balance, Alison Doyle highlights some tips to best prepare you to ace these interviews.
First, you should prepare to be asked all of the usual job interview stuff, since some of that will leak into the interview—stuff like job history and strengths and weaknesses. This also includes behavioral and situational questions, which are typically like, “You have been presented with circumstance x and challenge y. What do you do this in situation?” The majority of questioning in the interview will consist of case studies though. For case studies, remember these tips:
- Ask others to help you by providing you practice case studies.
- Take notes and ask questions as information is being provided, to show you are listening and to engage the interviewer.
- Work through your thought process aloud because the process is as important as the answer.
- Brush up on as much news and data about your industry as you can in advance of an interview, since case studies will likely be about that area.
Here are some examples of questions about industry that you might get asked:
We want to achieve savings of 20% in the next 12 months. How can you help us reach this goal?
What makes a good consultant in this industry?
What do you see as the major issues facing this industry?
What are some important ethical considerations for consultants?
Why do you want to work for our consulting firm over other firms?
Walk me through the life cycle of a recent project you worked on from start to finish. What results/deliverables did you achieve? What went well and what did not go well?
For more, you can view the original article here: https://www.thebalance.com/consultant-interview-questions-2061434