Step one in Accenture recruiting can begin any time you choose - get to know Accenture. A good place to start is right here: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/Pages/index.aspx. Accenture's constantly updated website provides a comprehensive look at what Accenture does, what companies and agencies it works with, and its corporate philosophy and environment. You should know all this cold by the time you are interviewed.
Your last stop at the website will probably be this Accenture recruiting page: http://blogs.accenture.com/Recruiters_Blog/default.aspx. There you will find assistance for registering with Accenture and setting up your online consulting resume. There are also links to such invaluable resources as an Accenture recruiting blog, in which three actual Accenture recruiters post about the process and offer a more personalized outlook on the corporate environment.
But the most prominent (and for you, no doubt most important) feature of the page is the many hundreds of openings in the Accenture universe. Some of them are certain to fit your background and skill set. You can apply for these positions online (or you can get in touch with the recruiting division of a nearby Accenture office).
The online application shouldn't take you more than twenty minutes to complete - but do so with care. After all, this is your first opportunity to present yourself to Accenture recruiting personnel - and you know what they say about first impressions. Read each question with care and view it as a chance to really stand out from the many other applicants. Accenture won't be satisfied with just a dry recitation of your previous jobs. Instead, describe the challenges you faced and what talents of yours tackled them.
If your resume and application indicate that you may be the right fit for an Accenture position, a recruiter may contact you to go over your submitted materials. This is only the beginning of a very rigorous selection process. Pass that hurdle, and you will have your first formal interview with a recruiter, in which you will be able to go into greater detail about your experiences and goals. This will also be a chance for you to find out more about the position you are applying for and Accenture in general.
Those candidates who are not eliminated at this stage go on to interviews with Accenture executives. These interviews will be substantially more extensive and intensive. It is at this level of the Accenture recruiting process that the candidate for the available position will eventually be chosen.
Accenture recruiting uses three different types of interviews, depending on what level of the process you are at and what the interviewer needs to learn about you.
The Screening Interview. More common at the initial stages of the process, this interview is your opportunity to flesh out the information on your application materials. The achievements and experiences that you had to edit or condense in your resume you now can discuss at greater length. Your goal at this stage: to transform yourself from a page to a person.
The Behavioral Interview. This is the interview in which you weave the various facts of your background into a narrative of success. The questions you will be asked will be about moments in your career to date that show how you approach problems and what skills you bring to bear. Before you go into a behavioral interview, have some examples from your biography in mind. Your goal at this stage: To give the interviewer an understanding of how your accomplishments of the past are an indicator of your accomplishments to come.
The Case Interview. This interview is more common later in the process, when Accenture recruiters have a good sense of your past record, and now want to get an idea of how you will perform if you are hired. The interviewer will describe a situation with a problem to be solved or challenge to be addressed, and right on the spot you will analyze the challenge -- sometimes using basic math calculations, sometimes logic or expertise -- and produce an answer or a recommendation. Your goal at this stage: to show off your ability to think and solve on your feet and leave no doubt that you are prepared and ready for the job you are seeking.
Master these interviews, make it through all the levels of Accenture recruiting - and congratulations. You are now the newest Accenture employee.
Accenture recruiting not only seeks out experienced professionals and exceptional college graduates, it even sizes up potential employees while they are still in college. Accenture has a variety of internships, student programs and outreach efforts to potential minority and women recruits. They include:
Undergraduate Summer Internships: Some student interns don't get paid. The ones who work at Accenture branches across America do. And along the way, they get something even more valuable than a paycheck -- practical, hands-on experience in the world of high-end consultancy.
Accenture's Student Empowerment Program: This unusual program follows students from their sophomore year to graduation. Specifically targeting those scholars interested in futures in business and technology, the program establishes a relationship with the Accenture community that can lead to a post-graduation career.
Accenture Women's Networking Forum: A series of one-day networking events at Accenture local offices for high-performance female juniors and seniors to develop leadership abilities and mentoring ties with women who already have thriving careers with Accenture.
Accenture also proactively recruits at colleges that historically serve the African-American and Hispanic communities. But however you come to Accenture, sooner or later you will go through some variation of the recruitment process described above. Good luck!