Frequently Asked Questions

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How does A.T. Kearney differ from other consulting firms?
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Management consulting offers the opportunity to work with exceptionally smart people, across a diverse set of organizations, solving interesting and important client problems. While most leading management consultants can offer you these opportunities, A.T. Kearney does so in a uniquely collegial way. We place a high value on collaboration and work together to provide every colleague with full and ready access to the best of our firm. We enjoy working together to formulate and implement elegantly simple and durable solutions for our clients. We pride ourselves on being authentic, providing candid, honest, and creative approaches that work. And we are forward-thinking, practically applying market foresight to produce immediate results and lasting, transformational advantage for our clients.

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How does A.T. Kearney build its image in the market?
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A.T. Kearney has a number of initiatives to build our brand and image in the marketplace and expand our client relationships. These include publications such as Executive Agenda—our business journal, books and business issue papers, and research studies, such as the Global Retail Development IndexTM, FDI Confidence Index® and Global Cities Index, as well as events that we sponsor or facilitate, such as roundtables, industry briefings and speeches at many high-level conferences. We are also active on social media sites, such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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What is the interview process?
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The interview process can vary depending on the region. However, as a general rule, there are two rounds of interviews. First round interviews consist of two sets of interviews. We will ask you to complete a short case study that allows us to assess your communication and problem-solving skills. Next we assess your overall fit, based on your experience, core competencies, and potential client impact. Final rounds typically consist of two case/fit interviews and one structured case presentation (for associates.) For the case presentation, you will be given a case and time to prepare on your own. You will then present the case as one of your interviews. All candidates participate in several one-on-one discussions with A.T. Kearney consultants at all levels. For more specific information, please visit the “Apply” section for your region of interest.

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If A.T. Kearney does not recruit on campus at my school, what are my options?
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We focus our campus recruiting efforts on a select list of core schools. Students at other schools can submit an application via the “Apply” section of our website.

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Do I need to have experience in a certain industry to be considered for an interview?
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A.T. Kearney looks for well-rounded candidates. We recruit for strong problem solving, analytical, and communication skills. We also look for leadership experience and a demonstrated history of success.

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What backgrounds do you typically recruit from for the Business Analyst position?
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A.T. Kearney recruits business analysts from all undergraduate backgrounds. All majors and concentrations are considered when reviewing resumes. A student who possesses a non-business graduate degree and two years of solid work experience may be considered for the senior business analyst role.

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What are some of the typical schools where Business Analysts enroll to earn their MBA?
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Business analysts typically enroll in top-tier business schools if they return to earn an MBA. Some schools most often attended include Anderson, Chicago Booth, Columbia, Darden, Harvard Business School, INSEAD, Ivey, Kellogg, London Business School, Sloan, Stanford, Stern, Ross, and Wharton.

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Do you hire people with a non-business Master's or Ph.D.? Are the recruiting process and the final offer different?
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A.T. Kearney hires Masters and PhD graduates from campus and from industry. Masters students follow the same campus hiring process as undergraduates. Students graduating with PhDs may be hired as senior BAs or associates, depending on their work experience, and they will follow the campus recruiting process of business analysts/senior business analysts or associates as appropriate. Industry hires (typically managers and above) follow a separate recruiting process.

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At what level would a candidate with a Masters degree in Engineering or Economics, for example, and no work experience enter the firm?
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Masters students with no work experience join the firm as business analysts.

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Are full-time opportunities available for undergraduates across the globe?
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Some of our offices may look for full-time associates from business schools from outside their regions. However, most of our offices meet their needs through local efforts for undergraduate candidates.

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What are the qualifications needed for international placement?
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Local language fluency is required to work in any of our offices across the globe. Additionally, some offices prefer fluency in two or three languages. Work experience in the region and a good understanding of the local culture and business practices are very important. Some offices may also have other specific requirements.

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How do I apply for international placement, and what is the interview and offer process?
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For full time positions, interviews are by invitation only. Unsolicited resumes will be sent to the office of interest for consideration. For summer recruiting, there is a separate application process for students at our core schools. Offers are extended by the international office.

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Can I apply to A.T. Kearney offices in more than one location? How is this process managed?
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Candidates can apply to more than one office. However, they can only interview with one region, such as North America or Asia Pacific. If multiple offices are interested in a candidate, we will ask the candidate to make a decision before the interview lists are finalized. Our recruiters and Human Resources staff remain coordinated throughout the process and can assist candidates in navigating through the process.

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How do I submit my resume?
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Recruiting is managed on a country basis. To apply, visit the “Apply” section and select the region and country to which you would like to apply.

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Will my offer be tied to a specific office?
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We extend offers tied to a specific A.T. Kearney office. Candidates are able to rank office choice and we try to accommodate these preferences as much as possible.

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What are the components of A.T. Kearney's offer packages?
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We do not discuss offer package details until an offer is extended. Our compensation packages are designed to be competitive. As such, we continually monitor trends and adjust our compensation packages as needed.

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