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FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

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


When do applications close?

We fill all places on a first-come, first-served basis. So please apply early to avoid disappoint. Please see our programme pages for full details. This year, applications to our London programmes will close on Friday, 13th January 2017.

Can I make a speculative application by email?

Applications must be made through our graduate 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 5 to 10 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 12 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.

Entry Requirements – any exceptions?

Academic entry requirements are generally fixed. If extenuating circumstances apply (e.g. illness-affected grades) we advise people to make an application in the normal way, but also to email and outline these reasons. You must also include any supporting documentation (e.g. letter from school/university or medical practitioner) for review.

I need reasonable adjustments – who can I talk to?

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete online assessments. If you require reasonable adjustments to complete the application assessments, please contact For interview and assessment centre reasonable adjustments – please discuss these with your interview scheduler prior to the interview so we can make the necessary adjustments, as we will not be able to take these into consideration after the interview or assessment centre.

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. With that in mind, we welcome applications from all candidates, regardless of nationality or right to work status. However, Accenture is bound by UK immigration rules, which place some restrictions around our graduate and undergraduate programmes, which will include our 2017/2018 intake. Our full policy will be posted here soon.

I have international qualifications – do I meet your requirements?

If you’re unsure whether your international score matches our UCAS point requirements, please refer to the conversion table at

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. Please note, you may be expected to travel to client sites so flexibility is a must.

Once I have an offer when do I start?

We have various different start groups throughout the year. Recruiters will notify candidates of the next available start dates throughout the assessment process. Once a candidate has applied and been accepted to a role they have the chance to secure an earlier start date subject to demand.

Can I do a telephone interview instead of a digital interview?

To make sure we operate a fair and consistent process for all our applicants, we ask you to complete a digital interview. However, it may be necessary for us to make reasonable adjustments for individuals with specific requirements. The circumstances will be reviewed on an individual basis.

What happens at an Assessment Centre?

Assessment Centres are a morning or afternoon session, held in our offices. They include some unassessed sessions including a manager’s presentation, an Analyst Q+A and a tour of our Innovation Hub. Assessed sessions include a group exercise and a 1-1 interview with a recruiter.

How many offers will you make after every assessment centre?

Candidates are not assessed against each other but against our performance factors. 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.

How can I make sure I really stand out in the group exercise?

Not everyone can take the lead – and we are not necessarily just looking for leadership skills. Make sure you understand the objectives of the group exercise and make sure you contribute to each deliverable. Good team work is key.

What is a Situational Judgement Test?

The Situational Judgement Test is a bespoke test which presents candidates with realistic project scenarios and asks the candidates to choose the action they are most likely to take. Candidates are assessed on their suitability for Accenture work based on their decisions.

Is my digital interview secure?

Your digital interview cannot be copied or uploaded and is only viewed by approved recruiters. Videos are deleted after 6 months.

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

Each year, we sponsor a number of university societies across the UK. We promote the opportunity to apply for sponsorship on our social media channels. This is typically May-June to begin sponsorship at the start of the academic year in September.

I’m not studying a STEM subject or a technical degree, can I still apply to your programmes?

Yes for certain programmes. We offer a range of programmes, each with a focus on a distinct skillset and with different academic requirements. Please visit our individual programme pages for details about our entry requirements.

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.

How can I find out more about a typical project lifecycle?

Project Lifecycle is a breakdown of how a typical consultancy project evolves over time at Accenture. It’s a dynamic account of how we work with our clients, the type of work we do and what work you could be doing, broken down into key project phases.

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.