Consulting Interview Questions

Consultants provide organisations with expert analysis, research and recommendations. Consultants are essentially troubleshooters - helping clients with business performance, profitability, management, operations, strategy etc. The job requires creativity, entrepreneurship and people skills, as well as strong organisational skills to manage heavy workloads/tight deadlines.

Skills

Project management
Data analysis
Problem solving
Stakeholder management
Communication
Strategy
Attention to detail
Question 1

You've been working on a large project for the past few months and the deadline is in one week. You're set to finish on time, but there are a lot of smaller tasks to be done. Your manager asks you to do some extra research for an important presentation they'll be giving which should now take priority.

How do you respond? Explain what your thought process would be.

Problem solving
Communication
Question 2

You have been assigned a project on a subject area that you don't have experience in. You've been provided with a briefing pack but now that you have begun working on the project you are unsure of how to proceed. What are your next steps to ensure that the project is completed to a sufficient standard?

Problem solving
Attention to detail
Question 3

We're always looking to grow our business - how would you approach creating new opportunities or making connections with new potential clients?

Strategy
Stakeholder management
Question 4

You have been asked to clean and combine a large volume of data from multiple sources into a single database that will be used across their organisation. The database will be used by people with varying levels of expertise and your client wants to make sure that everyone is able to use it without extra support. How would you approach this project? What steps/considerations might it include (feel free to use bullet points).

Stakeholder management
Attention to detail
Question 5

The company has been commissioned to deliver a large-scale project for a new international client. The project team you'll be overseeing have never worked together before. How would you start building relationships with the different stakeholders involved in the project?

Communication
Stakeholder management
Project management
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