If you have your up-to-date CV and cover letter ready to upload, it shouldn't take more than 15-20 minutes to complete the online application. We advise that you give it your undivided attention for that time. After all, it could be your way into your dream job - either the one you're applying for or possibly a future position more suited to your skills.
Here's what the process involves:
Start your application off on the right note with an impressive, well-presented CV that showcases your skills, experience and suitability for the job in a clear, concise, compelling way.
If you apply to Accenture, yours will be one of thousands of CVs submitted, so it’s important to make sure it stands out for all the right reasons.
For a start, it needs to be concise and to the point - this isn’t the place to show off your essay writing skills. At most it should be three pages long and simple, short sentences will always highlight your abilities best. Equally, don’t waste space with pictures or talking about your hobbies, there’ll be plenty of time to get your personality across at the interview.
Make sure you show off your professional achievements - no one else is going to do it for you - but try to avoid overusing ‘I’. And, only mention things you’ve actually done, since our recruiters will need to be able to verify the information you give us.
Finally, check, check, check and then check again. Always re-read your CV to make certain that you have presented yourself as well as possible and that there are no mistakes. Where possible, it is also worthwhile getting someone else to look over it for you, since it can be easy to miss things when you have read a document a lot.
Section 1 – Header
Make it as concise and compelling as possible, starting with the header. Save space elsewhere by putting your personal and contact details here and leaving out extraneous details such as date of birth, marital status or any photos.
Section 2 - Personal statement
Your CV is your selling document. Open your pitch with your personal profile - a short paragraph that captures your key skills, core offer and career aspirations. This needn't be more than 50 words - it should succinctly sum up what makes you the ideal person for the job.
Section 3 - Career history
Give this section the attention it deserves. As the showcase for your relevant experience, it's undoubtedly the most important part of your CV.
List your jobs in reverse order, starting with the most recent and giving basic details for each: company name; dates; job title. Use bullet points and make sure you focus on the achievements that are most relevant to the position you are applying for. Avoid simply listing tasks and focus on outcomes.
When talking about achievements, tangible results are always better. Where possible use numbers and percentages or highlight clear positive feedback you have received. Make it clear how your experience relates to the role, by using the words and phrases from the job description. This will make it easier to see exactly which parts of the role your skills relate to and show why you really are the perfect person for the job.
Section 4 – Qualifications
List your degree, professional qualifications and relevant technology certifications in reverse chronological order. There's no need to include every single technology you've worked with; only the ones relevant to the job you're applying for.
Writing a great CV is one of the most important things you can do when applying for a role. It’ll be what makes you stand out from the thousands of other people who apply to Accenture every year and will be used by our recruiters and interviewers throughout the recruitment process. These videos from Dan and Karen in our recruitment team are filled with tips on writing the perfect CV.
Our comprehensive interview process is carefully designed to probe and assess your skills, knowledge and attributes to see how well suited you are to the role in question. As well as telling us relevant information about you, our interviews give you the chance to see whether we're the right company for your next career move.
Hear from Emma, Accenture Technology Managing Director, about the role that she and other MDs play in the recruitment process.
Managing Director's Perspective
The interview process differs slightly in different areas of our business. Depending on the role you are applying for and the skills necessary you may be asked to complete the below stages.
HR & Competency Interview
The HR interview is a 45 minute interview conducted by a member of the recruitment team at Accenture and it covers a number of key competences around project management, leadership, team working and really looking at your professionalism, how well you’ll articulate yourself throughout an interview to make sure that you are the right fit for Accenture. By discussing recent projects and achievements, we can get a better idea of how well you work in a team, how you deal with conflict, how good you are at managing stakeholders and so on.
The purpose of a skills interview is to explore the mutual fit between your skills and interests, the demands of the role and its wider business context. You'll meet with a manager, senior manager or senior executive to discuss your technical knowledge. They'll ask you about your career to date to find out whether you have the skill set needed for the role, together with the operational capabilities to perform at the right level.
Case study / Discussion interview
This is an interview of two halves, beginning with a 45-minute case study discussion. You'll be given a few minutes to read over a hypothetical business scenario of the kind you'd face at Accenture. Then you'll answer a series of questions in relation to the challenge at hand. Your answers will give us a good insight into everything from your thought processes and decision-making skills to creativity and business acumen.
After the case study comes a discussion interview, where you'll talk to a senior executive for about half an hour about your overall professional and cultural fit at Accenture. This is also a chance for us to follow up any outstanding questions from your earlier skills interview before we consider making you an offer. Likewise, you can use the opportunity to ask any questions that will help you decide whether to accept such an offer.
Potentia interview (Strategy & ITST roles only)
If you're applying for a role within Strategy & ITST, there will be a further interview focusing purely on your strategic thinking capabilities. We'll pose a real-world business challenge, such as how oil companies can continue to be profitable in a world aiming for clean energy. The ensuing discussion of the strategic issues involved in this challenge will show us how well you solve problems, think creatively and make sound decisions.
All Technology Solutions candidates will be asked to complete an online test as part of the process. It will assess your aptitude in the specific technical skills relevant to the role you're applying for.
After your Skills Interview, we'll also assess your report writing skills through a written test with a technical bias towards skill sets relevant to the role.
Our working relationship with you starts as soon as we've made you an offer and you've accepted. And because, like you, we want your career with us to start off right, we've kept the process clear and hassle-free from the moment we make you an offer right through to your first few weeks on the job.
What to Do Next
Here's an overview of what happens after we make you a formal job offer (plus one or two tips on making the process as smooth as possible).
Our advice is never to resign from your current job until you have our offer in writing. Don't worry: you won't be kept waiting. After making the initial job offer by phone, we'll follow up straight away with an email containing the formal offer plus your Accenture contract. If you're happy with it and decide to say yes, you'll need to formally respond with a letter of acceptance (by email)
Resign well from your current job. Tell your boss face-to-face and give them a simple resignation letter stating the date from which your notice period will begin. Don't feel compelled to give specific reasons for resigning or say where you're moving to. It's completely up to you whether you share this information.
Your Accenture career will begin with a New Joiner Orientation. This induction will not only give you a detailed introduction to our organisation, values and culture, but also help you get a clearer sense of how your career will develop here. It's an inspiring, engaging and fun way to get to know our business and some of your new colleagues.
We'll assign you a buddy to show you the ropes, answer questions and support you through the pre-joining and joining process. You'll also have a mentor to help you get your Accenture career off to the best start. That professional support will continue in various different ways throughout your time with us.