Basil Hovakeemian, International MBA 2015 Alumni, currently works for Roland Berger Dubai.
How did you find out about this job opportunity?
I was contacted by the Roland Berger Dubai office through the IE CV book. My CV was placed in both the general CV book and the consulting CV book. I believe that gave the company a good indication that I was very much interested in pursuing a career in consulting.
How did the CMC and your IE experience help you during the recruiting process?
Beyond providing the career opportunities though job postings and the CV book, the CMC was very helpful. First of all, the CMC helps you prepare for interviews by paying for a ‘professional interview’ with current consultants. Beyond this help, the CMC staff are extremely helpful in providing you with advice and helping you through the process. You really feel that they have your best interest at heart.
How was the recruiting process: stages, tests, interviews, etc?
The process is made up of three stages. Each stage requires that you’ve passed the previous one. An offer is made once you’ve passed all three stages. The first stage is two interviews with senior consultants and/or project managers. The second stage is two interviews with principals and/or partners. The final stage two interviews also with partners. Each interview is structured similarly; the first few minutes are spent discussing your interest in the company, your motivations for choosing a career in consulting, your knowledge of general trends in the consulting industry, and your motivations for joining Roland Berger. Next is the case. This part makes up about 30 minutes of the interview in which the interview presents a case to you either about a business problem or about a certain situation to test your analytical skills. The final part of the interview (time permitting) is reserved for any questions you have for the interviewer about the company.
Would you want to share any tips, advice with current student interested in applying to this company?
First and foremost, PREPARE. With any company, you need to make sure you come prepared to the interview. This means not only doing your research of the company and the position, but also understanding the interview process and the different evaluation methods interviewers use to gauge your candidacy for a position. In consulting, the case interview is extremely important. Make sure that you prepare by practicing lots of cases (a good resource is the IE consulting club’s Thursday and Sunday case workshops). Second, be your honest self. You need to want to join a consulting firm for reasons that you believe in. If you want to land the job offer, the final interviews with partners will typically be a fit type interview, and most probably they will be able to read through any false motivations you share. So my advice is make sure you have convincing motivations and to be candid with the interviewers.