There are 2 avenues of recruitment in India – lateral recruitment and campus recruitment. Both follow a two-step process – Resume-based shortlisting followed by case interviews for shortlisted candidates.
While there is no formula for shortlisting, we look for specific spikes in candidate resumes – e.g. good academic performance, extra-curricular involvement, good leadership roles assumed previously, etc.
A.T. Kearney’s interview format for consultants involves a combination of case-problem solving and candidate’s experience related discussion to help us get to know you better. We carefully design the flow of our interviews to give us the most accurate picture possible of you and your ambitions. The interview involves discussing a business case which is a replica of a real-world business issue (more details given below). The discussion tests your problem solving and communication skills.
Case interviews are the most critical part of the selection process and we encourage candidates to prepare thoroughly for the same.
Once the case discussion is completed, there is some time devoted for any questions you might have for the interviewer regarding the role, expectations from the consultant / position, firm culture, etc.
Total interview process time per candidate during campus recruitment is typically maintained at 30-60 minutes.
A few tips for teh case interview