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【面经】香港德勤·Group Assessment 分享-2008.10.24
deloitte group assessment sharing
time: 24 october 2008, 16:00-18:00
venue: one pacific place (deloitte office)
interviewees: 8 candidates (1 from hkb, 1 from hkust, 6 from hku)
interviewers: one hr manager (peggy), one senior manager from tax (raymond?).
topic:as member of the committee (members are from different functions),please suggest 5 strategies to fulfill one of the three objectives thetelecom company wants to achieve to expand their market globally. notethat the company is a leading company in the domestic market and itsmain product are private communication systems and information systems.the three objectives are:
reduce the product’s time to market;
differentiate the product in innovation, quality and customer service;
build a diversified (culture and background) workforce in international market.
wewere asked to focus on the second objective. i think they will askdifferent groups to talk about different objectives, based on the samecompany information.
10 minutes: each one read the material and develops one strategy and thinks about its rationale;
35 minutes: group discussion and preparation for presentation; (any language is ok.)
20 minutes: presentation in english; (note that every member must present!)
10 minutes: qa. (note that the interviewers may not ask everyone and they may ask only one or two questions.)
details and tips in each session:
before the assessment:we needed to fill a form to submit our cv and transcripts first. the hrmanager also asked us to reconsider our application regarding thedepartments since consulting is very competitive and they always preferexperienced candidates. audit hires the most and tax is the secondlargest hiring department. then she read the instructions. note that wecan not ask any questions in later sessions until the qa sessionwhen they will ask us about our proposed strategies. we also had tomake a brief self-introduction, which included name, university, major and the reason why you choose deloitte.
self reading:read the instructions carefully, note that “do not divide the wholegroup into sub groups!”, “focus on only one objective”, etc.
pay special attention to the time management.in our case, we all agreed to have one of us keep an eye on the timingand keep reminding us of the time. so we did great in time managementand the interviewers praised us for this as well.
everyone should participate.make sure nobody is silent in the process and everyone has the chanceto contribute. luckily, members in our group are all very active and wehad a great time in brain storming. after the interview, the hr managertold me that the most important attribute they are looking for in groupassessment is “team spirit”. so do remember that this is not “one- manshow”.
clarify the objective and framework first before discussion.our group agreed to my proposal, which is based on the threedifferentiators: innovation, quality and customer service. then undereach differentiator we talked about the strategies relating tofunctional departments. it worked well and i think we were very clearin the logical thinking and discussion.
leave enough time for presentation preparation.we left 10 minutes for preparation, the first 5 minutes for groupdiscussion and the last 5 minutes for each one to prepare their parts.(note that the interviewer said we should not do this since this is sub grouping! luckily we performed well as a group anyway. )
eachof us presented one part: summary, 5 strategies and conclusion. twocandidates may involve in one part if the part contains more content.
haveone person be the time manager and remind other members of the time,especially when they talk too much. in our case, since i began with thesummary, so i also kept an eye on the time control.
toour surprise, we only got two questions. “which strategy is the mostimportant one?” “which part of this group assessment is the mostchallenging to you?” the hr manager asked two of us, who i think arenot as outgoing as others. i guess the manger want to know whether wehave clear communication within the group if everyone has a focus onone aspect during presentation. they gave great answers. so i think weshould not miss any points in this session.
after the interview:
agreat time to ask questions about deloitte. i think this part reallydepends on the interviewers’ attitude and personalities. if theywelcome questions, do not miss it.
wechatted for around half an hour and talked about the working style, jobduties, and their advices for us fresh graduates in career design, etc.
arrive 15 minutes earlier at the least.you will meet other candidates while waiting. make good use of the timeto do some initial networking and get familiar with each other, whichwill definitely benefit your teamwork. in our case, we already kneweach other’s basic information before the assessment. and amazingly, weall come from mainland, so in discussion we use mandarin.
the case itself is not that important.they will pay attention to how you develop the idea and communicate toothers. so do not worry too much if you meet an unexpected case.
be relaxed and be yourself. interview is a two-way process, so do not worry too much and try too hard. they just want to know more about you.
take initiative and contribute more. take the opportunity to sell yourself and take care of others at the same time.
good luck to all!