Consultancy interviews typically consist of several elements designed to test different skills and abilities in candidates. The Credo interview process involves CV chats, case studies and a numeracy test.
The CV chat
The CV chat should be an interesting conversation about your experiences, the reasons for your career choice and your awareness of business issues. It will give you the opportunity to demonstrate:
- Interest and enthusiasm in Credo and in strategy consultancy
- Good communication skills and a confident approach
- Commercial awareness
- Your experience, abilities and skills
Feel free to ask questions. It is as important that you like Credo as it is for us to like you. Anything worth wondering about is worth a question.
The case study
Consultancies use case studies to test the way a candidate approaches a problem. The following guidance is applicable to almost all case studies and can help lead you towards a good answer:
- Clarify the question - check exactly what you have been asked to do before you rush in
- Set out your structure and follow it - don't get panicked by questions or diversions, although you should remain receptive to redirection by the interviewer
- Refer back to the question – it is good to think laterally but don't let it lead you off task
- Write things down (neatly) - you might need to refer back to the beginning
- 'Sense check' your answer - take a step back and think "does that actually seem possible?"
- Listen - your interviewer may give you material to inform your answer or suggest a new approach. You should be attentive enough to realise and use the information
Case studies tend to come in two broad types. These are:
- Market sizing
- Business issues
The numeracy test
Successful strategy consulting does not require you to be a mathematician but being comfortable with figures and good mental arithmetic is essential. Credo, like most consultancies, has a numerical test and will also test numeracy during case studies. This is likely to focus on some key skills:
- Extracting information from graphs
- Rates of growth
- Ratios and percentages
If you have not used maths in a long time we strongly recommend practising arithmetic and simple maths both in your head and on paper. Practise rounding figures up and simplifying calculations - speed and approximate figures can be a better idea than a time-consuming, accurately worked long division.
Make sure your workings are clear and take your time with calculations that cannot be done in your head.