Consultant Interview Questions

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Interview questions for consultants vary depending on the type of company for which you are applying. However, consultant interviews typically include a mixture of behavioral and case questions.

A consultant may work with one client at a time, or with several, so expect to get questions about time management. Since consultants are often brought on to evaluate and fix organizational challenges, you may be asked questions that focus on your communication and problem-solving skills.


Below are a few common questions for consultants. Review the list, and think about how you would respond to these questions in advance of your interview.

Consultant Interview Questions

What kinds of projects do you typically work on? What has been the focus of the last four or five projects you have worked on?

What do you see as the major issues facing this industry?

What has been your average number of clients at a time?

Do you tend to focus on one project, or do you handle a number of projects simultaneously?

What steps do you take to ensure that you do not spread yourself too thin among your clients?

How do you keep track of your progress during a project?

We want to achieve savings of 20% in the next 12 months. How can you help us reach this goal?

Walk me through the life cycle of a recent project you worked on from start to finish. What results/deliverables did you achieve? What went well and what did not go well?

Tell me about a time when you faced an ethical dilemma, and how you managed it.

What are some important ethical considerations for consultants?

Describe how you typically conduct a sales meeting.

What's your leadership style?

Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult client. What did you learn from the experience?

What would you do differently?

How would you explain a complex technical issue to a client?

You are consulting a small firm that sells a well-reputed product. A large competitor starts selling a similar product incorporating the most recent technology. What should the small firm do in response?

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