Graduate Programme

How to Apply to Accenture’s 2020 Grad Programme

Dive into the detail of our application process. Find the dates, tips and advice you need to sail through your application to join us.

Important application information

The deadline for applications is 31st October 2019. During your application, you will be redirected to our partner Headstart - a diversity recruitment tool, designed to eliminate unconscious bias.

The first step will be to complete a profile and a 2 to 3-minute psychometric test. Include lots of relevant info and keywords in your profile. The more information you add to your profile, the stronger it becomes. Dedicate some time to completing your profile and think about the skills that will make you stand out.

Your application is incomplete if you fail to complete your Headstart profile and psychometric test.

We’ll assess your suitability to the role based on your profile and psychometric test. We’ll notify you if you’ve made it to the next stage (the Discovery Portal) via email, within 5 working days.

The Discovery Portal is a series of short online assessments to help us get deeper insights into your skills and abilities. Typically, it takes 1 hour to complete, but there is no time limit. You can stop and start, without losing progress.

If you seem like the right fit across all areas, we’ll invite you in for an interview and assessment in virtual reality, within 5-10 working days.

3 step application

There are 3 simple steps to apply to the graduate programme stream of your choice; Business & Technology Integration, Software Engineering, Cyber Security, Analytics or Consulting.

Profile & Psychometric Test

Select your preferred stream application below to view its job description. Click the ‘Apply Now,’ to access Headstart, build your profile and complete the psychometric test.


Discovery Portal Assessment

You’ll get an email within 5 working days to let you know if you’ve successfully progressed to the Discovery Portal stage. It includes a series of short online assessments.


Invitation to Interview & VR Assessment

If you’re the right fit, you’ll be invited to an interview and virtual reality assessment. It’s an interactive way for us to see how you solve challenges in virtual environments.

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Application timeline

Here’s a detailed view of the application timeline from start to finish, to help you know what to expect.

1. Online Application

The application window for the 2020 Grad Programme is 2nd Sept - 31st Oct 2019. To apply, you must complete a detailed profile and 2 to 3-minute psychometric test. Please note you can apply to only one stream.

2. Discovery Portal

If you seem suitable for the role, you’ll be invited to the Discovery Portal stage, within 5 working days. It’s a series of short assessments and typically takes 1 hour to complete, but there’s no time limit.

3. Interview & Assessment

5-10 working days after completing the Discovery Portal task, you may be invited for an interview with a manager, plus an assessment in virtual reality (VR). The assessment focuses on solving problems in a virtual environment.

4. ‘This is Accenture’ Event (Optional)

Deciding what to do after college can be daunting. This invite-only event gives final-round candidates an insight into life at Accenture. You'll meet potential colleagues and get a flavour of how we work to help you make your decision.

5. Final Interview

The final stage in the application process is a formal one-to-one interview with an Accenture Senior Manager or Managing Director.

6. Offer

Successful candidates can expect to receive an offer in December. We’ll be in touch to agree your start date and you must provide evidence of your academic results and references, before joining.

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Hints, tips & frequently asked questions

If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, you can reach us directly by messaging the Accenture Ireland Facebook page or by emailing

Research Accenture and what differentiates us from competitors. Connect your research back to why you want to work with us.
We evaluate your profile and psychometric test, instead of a CV. There is a function to import information from your CV.
The application takes 15-30 mins depending on your input. The assessment typically takes 1 hour to complete.
Focus on keywords around your skills, experience, subjects and grades. You’ll save time by having this info to hand.
You can start and stop, as you wish. The Headstart application will save the data.
The more information you add to your profile, the stronger your application becomes. Dedicate some time to it.
It’s designed to analyse your natural strengths and decision-making. Make sure to read all the information provided.
Be excited and passionate. Tell us why you want to work with us and what appeals to you. Don’t forget to ask questions!
They’re formal and designed to help us understand what motivates you and how you’d handle different work situations. Listen to the questions carefully and give us concise, relevant information.
Smart casual attire. Please wear sensible footwear for comfort and safety during the Virtual Reality assessment.
Yes, you should expect to participate in group exercises during the first interview and assessment stage.
Being part of the exercise is more important than leading it. How you interact with and support others will be a key factor.

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