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Application Process & Interviews at Port Jackson Partners
- Average rating for Recruitment, based on 7 reviews8.4 / 10
Please describe the interview process and assessments.
Case interviews form a key part of the interview process. Personal 'story' and background questions are also significant
Generally we have 2-3 rounds of interviews - firstly with Business Analysts or Associates, and then with 1-2 rounds of Partners. The interviews are a mix of discussion and a more formal case study, which tests your problem solving skills and how you think about problems. We are also trying to get a good read of your personality and whether you would be a good cultural fit for PJP - given we work closely together in teams this is extremely important
Interview process during graduate recruitment involves two rounds. The first involves two case studies with a business analyst and associate. The second interview is another two case studies with directors. In between, PJP offered a coffee meeting with two business analysts which was a great way to get a feel of the culture.
First round one-on-one interviews with Business Analyst and an Associate. Half case study, half open ended questions. Second round one-on-one interviews with Directors x2. All open ended questions
What questions were you asked in your interviews?
My interviews were very discussion based, rather than question and answer. The discussion focussed on who I was, why I was interested in moving to consulting (given I came from a science background), and what attracted me to PJP specifically
I was asked market sizing, case studies and general interview questions (such as demonstrating teamwork and leadership, etc).
Do you have any specific tips and advice for candidates applying to your company? How would you recommend they best prepare?
Understand how to do a case study. Do your homework on PJP and how it is different to other consulting firms.
Get clear on what attracts you to consulting and PJP specifically. It is always useful to practice for the case study component of the interview, but don't worry too much about learning frameworks - our case studies are usually designed so that frameworks aren't helpful! We much prefer to get an insight into how you think about problems than proof that you can memorise a framework. Get curious and think about how different businesses you interact with work
I would recommend understanding what a case study is, how to "crack the case", and what consulting companies are looking for. If you enjoy case studies, you'll most likely enjoy consulting.