Deloitte Interview Case Study


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In this PrepPack™ you will find preparation materials for your Deloitte interview. As well as this, there are specific materials for the Deloitte case study, presentation, group exercise and more. 


Deloitte Interviews

Below we will outline the types of interviews you may encounter in your application process, and give you tips on how to prepare for them.


Deloitte First Interview and Case Study

This interview is usually part of the recruitment process for BrightStart, the summer vacation schemes and the graduate programme applicants. This interview is designed as to learn more about you and your suitability for the role you have applied for.

The interview also contains the Deloitte case study for you to discuss with your interviewers. Ahead of your interview you will be given a short period of time to read a case study and think about some answers to a set of guide questions. The information contained in the case study may include numerical information as well as articles. Once in the interview room, the interviewer will ask you questions on the case study for you to discuss with them. You may find it useful to write down your thoughts to take into the interview.

Ahead of this interview you are advised to prepare examples of activities or pieces of work you have been involved with, where you have built up into a project over a large period of time. The interviewers are looking for evidence of your role, and how you worked with others to achieve your goals. Use the the STAR method (situation, task, action, result) to organise your answers and ensure that you don’t leave anything out. You should also read up on Deloitte, as well as any news concerning the company. Be prepared to answer questions about why you have chosen this specialty.

Applicants for consulting positions will have a group exercise at this interview.


Deloitte Competency Based Interviews

Applicants for the Deloitte professional hire positions can expect to be invited to at least one competency based interview. In a competency based interview you are asked questions designed to allow you to demonstrate that you have the skills to do the jobs. These skills are in the job description and person specification for the role you are applying to, as well as Deloitte’s core competencies and values.

Prepare in advance for a competency based interviews by thinking up examples against each competency. Develop examples around the STAR method (situation, task, action, result) to ensure that you have covered all the necessary information about your role in this example and how you contributed to the outcome.


Final Interview with Presentation

The final or Deloitte partner interview is usually the last part of the recruitment process for Deloitte BrightStart and Deloitte graduate programme applicants. This is a one hour interview in which you will give a pre-prepared presentation. This interview will focus on your values and how you can contribute to Deloitte. You should prepare examples demonstrating what matters to you, how you can contribute and so on. As always, prepare these examples using the STAR method (situation, task, action, result). Other questions in the interview may test your commercial awareness, so prepare by reading the news, thinking about the implications for Deloitte; read up on the trade press; read the Deloitte website, and make sure that you know about the company’s departments, work and competitors. You should also prepare questions to ask in the interview. Make sure they are not too obvious or could be found easily by looking at the website.

Deloitte Presentation

Ahead of this interview you are sent a topic and asked to prepare a five minute presentation to give over to your Partner interviewer. Make sure you understand what is in your presentation as you will be asked questions at the end. You are allowed to take a handout for the interviewer, but you will not have access to any IT equipment.

Topics will depend on the area you are applying to, but include:

  • Your take on European audit reforms
  • Have corporations learnt from the recession
  • Regulatory impact on businesses
  • How will audit have to adapt going forward

Read more tips about how to give a presentation on our presentations pages.

Prepare for Your Deloitte Case Study and Interview

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Deloitte Interview Questions

The variety of interviews and range of interviewers at Deloitte mean that there are many questions you may experience. Questions at interviews may be situational, behavioural, about you or your choices.

Below is a selection of questions that may span any number of interviews:

  • Why Deloitte, and why this job/ department?

Deloitte Interview Question:

I found out at the end of last week that I have a final round case interview at Deloitte Consulting, which consists of a 1 hour case. Being an engineering major, and not business, I was wondering if an interviewer takes a candidates background into consideration when deciding on a case?

As a previous case interviewer for McKinsey, did you interview both undergrads and graduate students and how did your approach differ? I was wondering how much of your video is targeted toward MBA students versus undergraduates. Is there anything in your video that an undergrad should focus more on, or should we be familiar with all of it?

My Reply:

The cases are generally the same. I interviewed as an undergrad originally. As an interviewer, I interviewed only candidates with graduate degrees. The cases I received and the cases I gave were the same. I had colleagues who interviewed across the spectrum and never saw a difference.

Most cases are based on the actual consulting work done by that particular interviewer (it's easier for us to remember the data that way).

When interviewing people with non-business backgrounds, I generally would not care if the person did not use proper business jargon and terminology but got the insight right.

So if a PhD candidate or an undergrad art major said, "It looks like the client is in trouble financially because they are charging less for their product than what it costs them to make. But it also looks like most of their costs are tied up in the cost of the factory, as opposed to materials, so if the client was able to use more of the factory's capacity, this ought to help them get out of their financial bind."

That answer would be perfectly acceptable to me.

An MBA might answer the same question as follows, "The client has high fixed costs and overhead. Their variable costs are low. While gross margins are good, the manufacturing volume is to low to defray overhead. So fundamentally, the economics of manufacturing this product are good, but only for those players who have sufficient economies of scale. The client basically needs to "go big" and scale up, or exit this business."

In my book, both answers are acceptable... though clearly the 2nd one has more business terminology in it.

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Feb 10, 2011

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