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Matthew Chan
Matthew Chan
Recruiting Senior Analyst
May 15, 2018

How to Get an Entry-Level Interview in Consulting

Ask the Recruiter

You love to solve problems. You think creatively. You have great ideas. Pursuing a career in consulting sounds like the perfect fit.

So, how do you create the perfect combination of experiences to ensure that your resume will get noticed?

One of the most important skills in consulting is the ability to analyze an ambiguous problem and work with a team to come up with a perfect solution, all while balancing time constraints and client expectations.

Breaking this down is the best way for you to curate your experiences and pique the interests of any employer.

Here are five skills your resume should include:

  1. Critical Thinking. Critical thinking is one of the most important skills you can have as a consultant, and research shows that diversity of thought within teams produces the most innovative solutions. That’s why we open our entry level roles to all majors. But no matter your major, ensure that you show high levels of academic rigor.

  2. Analytical Skills. Experiences from internships, project work or other employment that demonstrate how you utilize your analytical skills are important in the consulting industry. Highlight responsibilities that show how your work helped to make the company or process more efficient.

  3. Leadership Skills. The ability to make thoughtful, fact-based decisions while working within a team setting demonstrates assertiveness—a core competency in consulting. If you held a leadership role in any student organizations or participated in case competitions that solved a business need, these kind of activities are important to include on your resume.

  4. Multitasking Skills. Show your involvement with a sports team, club or part-time job. Being able to balance all these things, while still performing well in school demonstrates your ability to prioritize tasks and responsibilities, something you’ll do every day as a consultant.

  5. Life Balance. All work and no play is not only no fun; it’s also a sure-fire way to burn out. What are your passions? What do you do in your spare time? Show your personality. We want you to bring your whole self to work—body, mind, heart and soul.

Good luck! We hope to see you for an interview soon.

Ready to improve the way the world works and lives? Find an opportunity with Accenture today.

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