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You've made it past the "gatekeeper" during your screening interview. Are you prepared for what's next? For most roles, the next step in the interview process is to showcase your knowledge and skills — a critical part of Accenture’s process. It gives the interviewer the opportunity to learn more about whether you have the technical competencies and industry experience needed to fulfill the role.
How to prepare for a skills interview:
- Do your research. There is nothing worse than coming to an interview unprepared, especially when there is so much information available to help you get ready. LinkedIn and the company’s website are your friends—and so is the recruiter. Have you looked up your interviewer? Are you fully aware of what the team you applied to actually does? Come prepared with a list of questions, and ensure you know everything there is to know at this stage.
- Bring examples of your work. I promise, the interviewer will definitely want to know about your experiences. Bring a list of your best samples and have tangible examples ready to share. A learning mindset is always valuable, so be sure to talk about things that went well in a previous role — and some things that didn’t. Most importantly, share what you learned and how would you do things differently if you faced the same situation in the future.
- Make examples relatable. “Storytelling” is important; it’s something we use with our clients every day. Why not take this opportunity to impress with your storytelling capabilities? When discussing your past experiences, make them relatable to the work that Accenture is currently doing. Or, even better, relate your experiences to the role for which you are applying. This is where your research will really pay off.
- Don’t oversell yourself. If you are asked a question and you don’t know the answer, be open and honest. Take the opportunity to mention that it’s an area in which you would like to grow your skill-set. If you exaggerate what you know, it will eventually show. Be careful to not misrepresent yourself, or even worse, appear dishonest. It’s also just as important not to sell yourself short. Be confident; you have a lot to offer. It’s all about finding the right match — for you and for the company.
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