Our topic for today is focused on what it will take to face a consulting interview and ace it. We shall split the topic into aspects of generic interview and preparation and at a bird’s-eye view touch upon specifics of understanding what technology related interview versus process related interview. So have you got what it will take to ace a consulting interview? As you spend time analyzing whether you are ready for a consulting interview, let’s look at what it will take to organize for the interview.While a consulting interview in lots of ways might be similar to a typical meeting, you can find aspects of the interview that grossly differs from some other job interviews. As is the case with every other interview, this interview would begin with the interviewer asking you to describe something about yourself, For experience consulting professionals this part becomes easy as all you do is explain your overall role and how it maps to the new role you’re seeking. For newbies, it becomes a little more challenging to handle a consulting interview. IT Projects in Europe and UK So it would help newbies to connect with consulting professionals as a part of the networking exercise prior to presenting themselves for a consulting interview. This will help you get familiarized with the consulting industry and specifically the role of a consultant. You may best leverage networking sites and informal communications because of this purpose. ¬†your experience in the consulting industry. If you do not have any experience in consulting, there’s a high probability that you would be expected to map your overall experience to consulting experience requirements. But if you do not have any experience at all, there’s a high likelihood you are not shortlisted for an interview in a consulting firm. For experience consulting professionals this part becomes easy as whatever you do is explain your overall role and how it maps to the new role you are seeking. For newbies, it becomes a little more challenging to face a consulting interview. So it’d help newbies to get in touch with consulting professionals as a part of the networking exercise just before presenting themselves for a consulting interview. This will help you get familiarized with the consulting industry and specifically the role of a consultant. You may best leverage networking sites and informal communications because of this purpose. Ensure you research enough about the consulting firm you are taking the consulting interview with. Typically consulting organizations showcase case studies of the client problems and the solution they provided as a part of their case studies. They could be available in brief on the website. Take the time to see and understand these case studies. It could help you during your consulting interview. Indeed, it may possibly not be smart to assume why these cases could be presented for you during your consulting interview. But reviewing these cases could help offer you insight on what the organization is looking for. It is also advisable for you yourself to review their service offerings and align your experience to one of many service offerings. While it is very good that you could carry some experience, it is vital that the experience maps from what the consulting firm offers to its clients. This may definitely be tested in your consulting interview. Make certain that you take the time to know their service offerings and convince the firm of one’s value increase the offering. Be ready to fix for a case study. If you’re a skilled and a seasoned consultant attending a consulting interview, there’s a very good likelihood that you will be not offered a case study to solve. But if you’re a beginner, there’s no skipping this step. Please note that during your consulting interview, the firm won’t look for you yourself to solve the case study. It is more vital and probable that the firm will be examining your ability to think outside the box, structured thinking, your analytical skills, your problem solving abilities and your communication skills though the case study. Prepare for multiple case studies is vital for the consulting interview success. Check to see if you may get insights for consulting case studies from HBR magazine or others of similar nature for the consulting interview. So how can this impact my consulting interview? The clear answer is fairly simple if you believe about it. Consulting spans in various forms. As always, given the boom in IT and ITES outsourcing, the demand for management consultants along the way and the technology space has been on the rise. If you’re conscious of the outsoucing industry, you would understand that the most common processes that any organization would look to outsource are its finance and accounting operations. Interesting isn’t it? On a single hand some people think Finance and Accounting are one of many safest jobs on earth, on the other they are the easiest to be outsourced. So in regards to consulting, you may be either a procedure consultant or a technology impacted management consultant. If you’re a procedure consultant, the expectation is that you shoulder in-depth expertise and process knowledge in your area of expertise. I’m sorry to disappoint brand new graduates out there. But process consulting essentially requires prior experiences in the area/ domain you desire to consult in. So you will have to work the right path up the ladder from being a beginner to someone with experience in specific processes and domain to become a process consultant. This will definitely be tested unquestionably during your consulting interview. If you’re from a financing background with a consulting touch, process terms like Quote to Cash, Order to Cash also referred to as O2C. Procure to Pay (P2P) and Record to Report (R2R) should not be a new comer to you. Also, if you believe gaining some knowledge and jargon from the consulting industry will help you get through your consulting interview, you are highly mistaken. This will only get you a poor repute in the industry making you unsuitable for consulting jobs. Another consulting arena I was hoping to the touch upon through this blog is Technology related consulting – When I state technology related consulting I’m certainly not referring to IT consulting here. I’m referring to management consulting by which firms leverage technology extensively to fix for business problems (not IT problems but business problems). Like – leveraging business objects solution to cut back the time to report or employing a tax bolt on software to perform tax accrual better and releasing cash flow for better investment and reduce litigation fees. Regardless of your consulting area, you can find few things you can be assured to be tested in your consulting interview. a) A common question in your consulting interview could be on domain and area of expertise b) Throughout your consulting interview also expect questions on definition of one’s client’s problem statement and the solution delivered and your role as a consultant in delivering the solution. I believe in today’s world, it is incredibly challenging for you to be an exclusive process consultant. Technology touches our lives every day. So even although you really are a core process consultant, i think, you would be forced to brush with technology at some point in time making you a technology related management consultant.