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FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the most common, frequently asked questions about applying to and working at Accenture.

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When do applications close?

Please check individual programmes for closing dates. We receive an extremely high volume of applications for all programmes and it is sometimes necessary to close applications earlier than anticipated. We would recommend early application to avoid disappointment.

Can I make a speculative application by email?

Applications must be made through our website. This rule applies to all of our programmes. Speculative applications by any other method will not be considered.

When will I hear back?

With both online applications and interviews, we aim to get back to people with a decision within 10 -15 working days. If you’re invited to an assessment centre, we aim to provide you with feedback within 15 days.

How long is the process from beginning to end?

We aim to move candidates quickly through our recruitment process and keep you informed at every stage. On average it is 28 days but may be slightly longer in very busy periods.

Can I apply to different roles and you decide what I’m suitable for?

No, please consider all the information – including the criteria in making your decision. You can only apply to one programme at any one time.

If I’m unsuccessful can I reapply?

You will need to wait 6 months before reapplying. Candidates should only apply to one programme and geography at any one time.

Can I apply if I’ve already graduated?

Yes you can apply to our graduate programmes, as long as you meet the requirements for the specific programme you wish to apply to.

Academic Entry requirements – any exceptions?

Academic entry requirements are generally fixed. If extenuating circumstances apply (e.g. illness affected results), we review on an individual basis. Email AccentureETSupport@accenture.com and we can discuss with you directly.

I need reasonable adjustments – who can I talk to?

We are committed to equal employment opportunities and preventing discrimination at all stages of the assessment process - our recruitment decisions are based on selecting the best person for the job. We use some assessment technology for example online assessments and virutal reality in our process. If you require reasonable adjustments to complete your assessment, please contact AccentureETsupport@accenture.com.

Can I get feedback?

Due to the very high volumes, we cannot give feedback to every applicant. However, we do aim to give information about our criteria throughout the process so candidates understand the range of skills we are looking for. Candidates who are unsuccessful at Assessment Centre can request more detail on the Assessment Centre should they need it.

What’s your policy on visa sponsorship?

Accenture’s approach to recruitment is underlined by our core value of Best People and our principle of meritocracy. In short, Accenture seeks to attract, develop and retain the best talent for our business and to foster a fair, positive and inclusive environment. If you are interested in applying for a permanent role with Accenture, please note that Accenture is bound by current UK immigration rules and obligations. This places some restrictions for our entry level roles. We no longer accept anyone who does not have Right To Work in the UK, or anyone who does not meet the UK government’s Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) and the process associated. We do however accept applications from individuals who hold a valid Tier 4 General student visa. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL DETAILS OF OUR POLICY

Where can I do my programme?

On our website it will state which office location the programme is based. Our main office locations are Edinburgh, London, Manchester or Newcastle. Regardless of office location, the majority of our graduate programmes involve travelling to client site and can involve staying away from home for long periods of time, so flexibilty is essential.

Can I decide when I want to start?

If you are successful in securing a role, we will offer you the next available start date. Please make us aware if you would like to start earlier, if vacancies arise will offer you the chance to join sooner. Due to changing business demands, we do offer the chance to defer start dates.

How can I prepare for the online assessments?

The online assessments are bespoke to Accenture and give our candidates an opportunity to learn more about Accenture and the way we work, as well as demonstrate their skills. You cannot prepare for the assessments, but we would recommend that you put aside 60 - 90 minutes and complete the assessments somewhere quiet where you will not be disturbed.

Can I complete my online assessments on my phone?

Our online assessments are mobile friendly, however we would strongly recommend you complete on a desktop in full screen mode. We would also recommend you use Chrome, Internet Explorer version 11 or later, Safari or Firefox and disable pop up blockers before you start.

Are the online assessments timed?

No, our online assessments are not timed, and you can take as long as feels comfortable. We anticipate assessments will take approximately 60-90 minutes and although the assessment is time recorded, the time taken does not factor in the final result.

We would recommend you complete the assessments in one sitting. If your internet connection fails during the assessment, when you are able to access the assessment again, you will be able to pick up where you left off.

How will I know how to complete the online assessments?

When you log into your online assessment, a detailed tutorial will be available.

If you are successful in securing a role, we will offer you the next available start date. Please make us aware if you would like to start earlier, if vacancies arise will offer you the chance to join sooner. Due to changing business demands, we do offer the chance to defer start dates.

What happens at an Assessment Centre?

Assessment Centres are held at Accenture offices with the recruitment team. We evaluate a range of skills across a number of different exercises including some short challenges with a recruiter, a paired exercise, some assessments using Virtual Reality and a strengths-based interview. Before you attend Assessment Centre, you will be asked to do some short research on a business relevant topic so that you can discuss with your assessor during the session (please note, this is not a presentation!). If you are progressed to an Assessment Centre, you will also be given the chance to join an online Q+A with a recruiter to answer any questions you might have prior to attending.

Why do you use Virtual Reality in your Assessment Centres?

Using virtual reality in assessments drives natural behaviour in decision making and performance. This means that our candidates can truly be themselves and we can identify the natural strengths that are a good fit for the role. It is not possible to prepare for the virtual reality assessments, meaning that it is an effective, robust and fair form of assessment for all our candidates.

Why do you use strengths-based interviews? How can I prepare?

We use a strengths-based interview approach to identify a candidate's natural strengths to ensure they fit with the requirements and challenges of the role. Using a strengths-based recruitment approach has positive impacts on productivity, psychological wellbeing, energy levels and performance. You cannot prepare for a strengths-based interview however we would recommend that you listen carefully to the question, take a moment to think if necessary and be yourself when delivering your response to enable us to see the real you!

How many offers will you make after every assessment centre?

Our assessments have been designed to evaluate a range of skills and attributes that our business has defined as essential for success at Accenture. Candidates are not assessed against each other, but against this criteria. Therefore, if all candidates meet the criteria, then every candidate at the assessment centre will receive an offer. Likewise, if no candidates meet our criteria at an assessment centre, then we will not make any offers.

My university society is looking for sponsorship, do you offer this?

Each year, we sponsor a number of university societies across the UK. We typically start looking at sponsorship options in May-June to begin sponsorship at the start of the academic year in September. To find out more, please email details to ukgradevents@accenture.com

I’d like to know more about the clients and projects Accenture have worked on, where can I find this information?

Click here to visit Accenture in Your Day to discover the surprising innovative things we do every day to make people’s lives better.

What is the ACG?

The ACG brings together all the Analysts who join us on our Strategy, Consulting and Analytics graduate programmes and will be your home in the company from the time you join until your promotion to the next level. As part of this supportive and sociable cohort, not only will you have access to the training and development you’re looking for, but also the advice, guidance and mentoring you need to make your fledgling career a real success.

What is the TAG?

Everyone who joins our Client Delivery, Software Engineering and Technology Architecture graduate programmes becomes part of the TAG community – a group that aims to attract and grow the next generation of Business and Technology Integration experts, Software Engineers and Technical Architects. Fostering a culture of learning with a diverse range of people, roles and skills, the group offers mentoring and guidance and the opportunity to develop a variety of technology skills. You’ll also collaborate and network with peers through a range of community and social events.

What will my first client project be?

Each experience and project will be unique to you. Most of our grads are immediately placed on client projects and get stuck in straight away, others work on internal projects first. Ours is an industry that’s driven by client demand. Which means that, we have to place people in the industries and geographies where our clients need them most. So, as well as being flexible, an open mind, coupled with patience and adaptability are a real bonus. Whatever your experience, you can guarantee that your contribution will be making an impact on world-changing projects for our clients and our business.

How long is a project at Accenture?

Due to the size and scope of our business, this really does vary! Your project may last only a couple of months, which means you learn about different clients and industries, or it could last for over a year, giving you in-depth knowledge in a particular area. Spending a long time on a project is not a bad thing – you could see the project develop from beginning to end and you’ll become a vital asset to the team, as you get to know your client really well. An open mind and flexible attitude is really important, as you may not initially be placed in an industry you first thought of.

What if I don’t enjoy my project?

You can always take something from every role and if it’s not what you expected, try to see it as a crucial learning opportunity. All projects and roles are important and aim to develop you into a trusted and successful professional in your area of expertise. Sometimes it’s not until later in your career, that you realise the value of each experience, when it comes in useful at an unexpected time. That being said, you should always strive to be open with your line manager, team and career counsellor, as their role is to support your learning and development at Accenture.

I’ve heard people talk about ‘the bench’, what does it mean?

This is a term we use within Accenture and it’s not a physical wooden bench! When you’re not staffed onto a client project, you’re on what we refer to as ‘the bench’. Having a bench, allows us to be flexible, and means that if business demand suddenly increases, we can mobilise our workforce quickly to ensure we deliver high quality services to our clients. If you find yourself on the bench, there are lots of internal Accenture projects to get involved in.

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