At Crum Consult, we get hundreds of job requests and career advice emails every single day. Consulting is an attractive occupation as it gives a lot of freedom and there are a variety of sectors within consulting that suit different characters. For example, you may not be interested in the complex matrices of artificial intelligence, but cybersecurity may be your forte.
Here at Crum we have many different avenues for people to explore, whether you want to consult in tech, automotive, energy or just about any other sector for that matter, we will offer a job role within it, as long there is client demand.
So the real question is how do you find employment within the consulting world?
As with any career choice you make, it all starts with an application. Once you application has been approved by our careers team, we will then invite you in for an interview. Depending on which role you are looking to take on, this may be a phone interview and then a face-to-face interview. Each sector that we operate in will require a different skill set from employees, but there are some questions that are common in all of our interviews.
Consulting Interview Questions
We offer many technical jobs, but these interview questions are based on consultancy-based job roles.
Why Do You Want To Be A Consultant?
Many people go into consulting once they have gained significant experience in their field. But for others, consulting will be their first job role after graduation. This question is used to give some information to the interviewer if consulting is the right fit for the person in front of them.
Just because you are good at running a business, does not necessarily mean you will make a consultant. It is essential that you have thoroughly researched the job role that you are going for and understand every aspect of it. If you have experience in the sector that you are going into then it’s wise to bring this up during this phase of questioning.
What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Self reflection is incredibly important in consulting – if you can analyze your own character and critique it, then what makes you think you can for other people?
Think about your answer to this question before the interview and try to avoid anything that sounds negligent or a bad team-player. For example, if you are asked about your weaknesses, it won’t be wise to say that you have a “short-temper” or “poor time management”, as this will almost certainly determine the outcome of your interview.
It can also be positive if you include examples of your strengths and how you have developed them and intend to use them in the future. If your weakness is not too trivial, try to include how you will build on it.
General Questioning and Problem Solving
Once you have been asked all of the questions about your character and fit for the job, it is likely that we, along with many other consulting firms, will then ask you some contextual questions.
If you are going for a job position in strategic consulting, we will take a past client case study and ask you how you would approach it. At Crum, we look to provide clients with the highest level of consulting, which means that only the best minds will be put to work on client cases. So, you can never be too prepared for these style of questions. It is advised that you explore your sector and research key industry practices and figures.
For most of these questions, there is no right or wrong. The way you express yourself and convey your points are the most important aspect of answering. For graduates, expect to be asked questions about your degree, although we are more interested in things that you would have learned outside of formal education. So if you have hobbies or interests that relate to your job role or intended industry, then it is essential that you convey this.
To apply to join the Crum Consult team, visit our careers page.