Application help

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Application Overview

Nearly all our student and graduate programmes follow the below stages, however, please do check the recruitment process for each individual programme when applying.

1. Online application

Applications for most programmes open in the autumn. To apply, you need to complete an online profile. You should only apply to one programme and location at any one time. You will need to wait six months before reapplying if you are unsuccessful.

2. Discovery portal

If you are suitable for the role, you’ll be invited to our Discovery Portal. This is an interactive experience and takes about an hour, but there’s no time limit. You’ll receive feedback within a few days.

3. Assessment centre

If you’re successful at the Discovery Portal stage, you’ll be invited to one of our assessment centres where you’ll take part in a variety of activities designed to help us find out what your strengths are.

4. Technical interviews

For some of our programmes, the final stage will be one or two technical interviews with managers from the specialist area you have applied to work in. We’ll give you lots of advice before your interviews.

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Hints and tips

Tip #1 Apply early
We receive an extremely high volume of applications for our roles every year and applications may close earlier than anticipated. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.

Tip #2 Fill in your HeadStart Profile
The application takes candidates approximately 15 to 30 minutes. Your progress is saved as you go, so you can stop at any time and return to where you left off.

Ensure you complete all aspects of the application:

  • Check the information is accurate
  • Check that you’ve included your academia. If you’re still at university, include your university and predicted grade

Add as much information as possible. The information that you give helps us see whether you are a strong match for Accenture!

  • Include your summer jobs and volunteering.
  • Ensure to highlight all your key skills.

Tip #3 Online assessments
Our online assessments are designed to evaluate your natural strengths and decision making but they are also a learning experience and a job preview. Please take the time to read all the information to get a really good insight into how Accenture might work with a client using new technology.

Tip #4 Virtual Assessment Centre
We use strengths-based interviews so that we can learn more about what motivates you as well as situational judgement questions to understand how you tackle a problem. Listen carefully, ask your interviewer to repeat the question if you need clarification, take a deep breath and give your best answer!

Tip #5 Technical interview
Be able to clearly articulate how you keep abreast of emerging technologies and be able to showcase any technical skills that you have learnt on your own, with emphasis on at least one programming language.

Need to know

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. Please visit the programme page you are applying for to read the full visa policy for that position.

Our graduate programmes do not have an academic requirement, nor a degree classification. Please note that some graduate programmes may stipulate a degree discipline, so please do check individual programme requirements when applying. However, some of our apprenticeships do have academic requirements so please check the individual programme pages when applying.

We’re aware that mitigating circumstances such as a disability, a long-term health condition, illness or serious family problems may have prevented you from meeting certain academic criteria.

We will take genuine mitigating circumstances into account and you will have the opportunity to submit details directly into your Headstart profile during the application process. If you would like to talk to a recruiter regarding mitigating circumstances, please contact our Early Talent Recruiters at AccentureETSupport@accenture.com and we will be in touch with you directly to discuss.

Accenture are proud to be partnering with Headstart as part of our commitment to inclusion and diversity. Working with Headstart will help us deliver a more contextualised recruitment process, capturing more information and helping us hire on individual potential. If you decide to apply for any of our programmes, you will be directed to Headstart to complete your online profile. We’re looking for what makes you unique and how you can make a difference at Accenture. This process allows us to learn more about your background and the strengths you can bring to Accenture.

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.

‘People First' is a core part of Accenture and that message is best portrayed in our #InclusionStartsWithI video. At Accenture we want everyone to feel welcome, so if there's anything we can do to make you feel more comfortable at any stage, please reach out to us. Please head to our Inclusion & Diversity page to discover how we are celebrating a culture of equality in our workplace.

We partner with MyPlus consulting and are members of the Business Disability Forum and the Social Mobility Foundation to ensure that our recruitment process is fair and accessible to all candidates.

We can provide various adjustments that will enable you to perform at your best at all stages of the recruitment process. Examples of adjustments we have made in the past include, but are not limited to, providing extra time, changing the format of an assessment, and scheduling an interview at a specific time. Please do tell us as soon as possible if you require any adjustments or changes to the interview process so that you can demonstrate your full potential at interview/assessment stage.

If you have a specific question related to disability, please contact our Early Talent Recruiters at AccentureETSupport@accenture.com and we will be in touch with you directly to discuss.

If you require any technical help with your application or if you have any other questions, please email us at AccentureETSupport@accenture.com and one our Early Talent Recruitment team will get back to you.

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