The new health care laws are creating opportunities for consultants who can offer expertise to help businesses navigate the confusion. In addition, those consultants who have a firm grasp of next-generation technology, including advanced analytic software, will be in demand as businesses are increasingly turning to technology to solve problems.
While many consultants’ educational pedigrees includes a business degree, the trend among firms is hiring candidates from a variety of educational backgrounds and with different life experiences. Those who can demonstrate not only a keen understanding of business, but who have the grit and determination to drilldown to the heart of complex issues to unearth the real problems affecting a company, will enjoy the most success.
Sample of Possible (Fit) Interview Questions for Management Consultants:
Provide an example of a time when you motivated a client to embrace and implement change.
Do you consider yourself a generalist or specialist?
Describe how technology has changed the consulting industry over the past decade.
Describe a time when you didn’t get along with a co-worker.
Discuss the last time you dug deeper into a client’s issues and uncovered either fraudulent or unethical practices? How did you handle it?
Who are this firm’s top 3 competitors?
How do you deal with high-pressure situations?
What was the last thing you were curious enough to learn more about even though it wasn’t required by the job?
Was there ever a time when you acted against your client’s best interests?
What is the most negative feedback you’ve received from a client?
How do you gain a client’s trust?
Why do you think our firm is a good fit for you?
What has been your favorite project to date? Why?
How do you stay up to date on industry trends?
What is your experience with cloud computing?
Have you ever been on a team where you helped the client with implementation?
Do you have a certification? Why or why not?
What was the last mistake you made?
What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome in your career?
How do you deal with someone on your team not pulling their weight?
What is one of this firm’s biggest challenges right now?