Making an impact that matters. That’s a tall order, but one that is central to how Deloitte operates.
Now landing a job at Deloitte Consulting to allow you to make an impact that matters is not the easiest feat. However, there are a few things to keep in mind to best position yourself when recruiting for Deloitte.
Note: The below points are related to recruiting to Deloitte’s Consulting practice. Differing hiring practices may be in place for different service lines (i.e. audit, risk advisory, financial advisory etc.) and/or geographies.
First, to understand the hiring criteria, it is important to look at the role itself.
As a Strategy Analyst you are comfortable with ambiguity and creating your own path. You are driven to lead and make an impact no matter how big or small the problem. You leverage a 'business first lens' across functional and industry topics to drive strategic transformation and deliver solutions to clients. You will be successful by demonstrating a breadth and depth of capabilities and will be positioned as a 'best athlete' who is prepared to take on a variety of business, technological and organizational challenges. Examples of these may include innovating and improving processes and experiences; implementing tools, new offerings and data powered advancements; shaping lifecycle activities; identifying efficiencies to enhance organizational performance; and architecting innovative operating models. This individual will help some of the largest and most innovative organizations address their complex and pressing business challenges.
In this role, it is clear that there are four skills that are highly desired:
The ability to be methodical and structured is critical in addressing problems of all sizes. This naturally comes through via case interviews. Further questions resume reviewers and interviewers may look for include:
The ability to clearly and professionally communicate to both teams and clients is critical in this soft-skilled focused role. With this, communication is an essential checkmark to achieve through:
The ability for the candidate to be flexible in their role as a team member or a leader is in line with how projects and various practice development opportunities that are run within Deloitte. Candidates are expected to be able to shift and refine both these skills during their tenure, and are foundational to their success at Deloitte.
High performers are highly sought due to their ability to adapt quickly to changing situations (and all too common scenarios in consulting). Although, this is hard to measure, some key facets that are considered include:
The typical interview process includes two rounds of interviews, with an optional human resource screening upfront for off cycle hires. The amount of interviews in each round varies geographically. The two rounds of interviews are structured as such:
Each interview is typically 45-60 minutes long, with 15 minutes allocated at the end of each for Q&A for the candidate. Candidates will typically meet a new interviewer during each conversation, with each assessing for fit and skillset. Due to service line and geographical differences, be prepared for either one or two case / behavioural interviews each in the first round.
Behind the scenes, if the candidate has applied to multiple geographies / service areas, there may be conversations to determine how best to proceed with the candidate. Reshuffling of candidate pools based on their primary and secondary choices sometimes occurs, and may result in additional conversations.
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Interview questions are typical amongst the consulting realm, and should not be a surprise to those interviewing for consultant positions. Preparation for these questions will be key, and your ability to communicate and convey your story in a convincing manner will be assessed during each step.
Critical thinking questions
Cultural fit questions
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The culture at Deloitte is as open and collaborative as one can find. Humility and willingness to learn are core tenets of the culture, in addition to the openness to meet, share and converse with colleagues around the globe. Operating in over 150 countries globally, the Deloitte network will provide everyone the opportunity to reach out to subject matter experts across the globe.
Note: You may be interviewing for a specific service line (and likely sub-service line as well). Having an understanding of what the service line does, and tailoring to such is critical.
Deloitte Consulting operates on a matrix model, with service lines and industry specification denoting the intersection where one operates in.
Service lines: Deloitte Consulting is structured into six service lines, with 20 sub-service line categorizations. Overlaps between some service-lines are common, along with partnership across service-lines when working on large projects.
Industry Specialization: Further specialization by industry focus is available (particularly for experienced hires), with six key industries of choice:
Preparing for an interview with Deloitte will require you to be prepared for both behavioural and case questions (no surprise). Understanding the Deloitte culture, how it is structured, and articulating why you want to join Deloitte will help differentiate you amongst other candidates.
Keep in mind that an interview is an opportunity for both parties to assess whether it’s a good fit. Each person at Deloitte is just as curious to learn more about you, your story, and why you want to join consulting. Take this opportunity to let your personality shine!
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