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What two to three traits do you have that will lead to success in a consulting role with Eide Bailly LLP?

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  1. 1.

    What two to three traits do you have that will lead to success in a consulting role with Eide Bailly LLP?

      Your interviewer will be able to gain a very solid sense of your technical abilities as a financial advisor in the consulting world based off of your work history. What they are trying to dig deeper into with this question are your interpersonal skills and personality traits that will make you trusted, respected and effective with clients of their organization. Prior to your interviewer, be prepared to speak to your abilities in communicating effectively, relationship building and any other personality traits you feel make you the right fit for this job.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "To be honest, one of my motivations to branch out and seek a position in the business consulting world is my desire to work with others. My ability to relate to people and build strong relationships has been emphasized throughout my career to this point, but I don't get enough of that interaction in the private business world right now. If hired for this position, your clients here at Eide Bailly LLP will not only benefit from my skills as a Financial Analyst, but also through the relationships we build and my ability to relate quickly with them."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "As you can see from my resume, I bring a strong breadth on knowledge and experience in the accounting and finance fields. But what I really think will set me apart from other candidates you are interviewing are my work ethic, my wide range of experiences in the field and my ability to take an empathetic approach with clients. I'm a very motivated person in the work that I perform and I'd love to bring this motivation here to Eide Bailly LLP to help your clients. On top of that, I know I will be working with some clients that are facing financial hardship and my ability to show empathy and put myself in the client's shoes would be very beneficial to them."

  2. 2.

    At Eide Bailly LLP, you will have the opportunity to work with high level executives and leaders from the companies we contract with. What experience do you have in working with people at these levels?

      As a business advisory and consulting firm, Eide Bailly LLP works with Managers, Directors, CEO's, CFO's, CAO's and leaders with other titles on all of our projects. Your role will likely involve working closely with these leaders. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you are comfortable in working with the leadership team of the organization's clients by having you talk about your experience. Make sure that the examples you provide include some details on how you worked effectively to get the job done with the leaders you worked with.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "In my current role, I work directly under our Chief Financial Officer and sit on a couple of different committees that our Chief Executive Officer is on. Under the direction of my CFO, we have a great working relationship. I am comfortable approaching him at any moment with questions or to bring forward new ideas. He is aware of my strengths and respects my opinions on matters in my wheelhouse, so he never hesitates to come to me with important things. I think the keys to our strong relationship are the respect we show for each other and our open lines of communication."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Throughout my career, I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with employees at all levels of the organizations that I've worked with. To me, working effectively with anyone requires a personal touch and a respectful approach. Whether I work with front line sales staff or members of the C-Suite, I take the time to get to know the person, their job and how I can best be of help to them in my role. This approach really helped me build a relationship with a Sales Executive that a few of my colleagues had struck out with in recent interactions."

  3. 3.

    Being successful in the consulting industry requires adaptability and the ability to learn a business fast. What would be your approach to help you learn the ins and outs of a new client?

      Eide Bailly LLP contracts with businesses in different industries for their services and it is likely that your job would require you to learn the fine details of each business that you would work with. Demonstrate your ability to be flexible by giving examples of times you've had to do this during your career. As well, describe the approach that you would take to get the know the businesses you would be working with so you can apply your knowledge and expertise toward helping them.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "As you can see from my resume, I've been in corporate training and education for over ten years. In my current role, I have to use similar techniques working with different departments to try and tailor programs that meet their specific needs. I feel that my current approach of hosting an intake meeting with leaders would be effective in a consulting role with external customers. The current intake meetings that I lead are an opportunity for me to ask questions and learn as much as I can about my customers. In turn, it is an opportunity for me to lay the groundwork for the project and set expectations. Do you see this as an effective approach for this role?"

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Having worked in quality roles for most of my career in both the private and public sectors, I think my career experiences have shaped me well for this role. Transitioning to a consultative role would definitely be a transition for me and the biggest transition will be this need to work in many different industries. For me, researching clients, their business and their industry will be the first step to my approach in learning about them. I want to make a great first impression when I am face to face with a new client and that first impression starts with my knowledge. Then, my openness and ability to communicate would take over when I am working directly with clients. I know the right questions to ask for laying out quality initiative projects and I know the right things to educate clients on."

  4. 4.

    How do you stay organized and on track when working on a long-term project?

      Working for Eide Bailly LLP in the role you are interviewing for will require an innate ability to manage projects from conception to final implementation. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you have the ability to maintain organization to meet deadlines and customer expectations. Talk about your personal methods for organizing project work and give any examples that you have of your methods being successful. In the consulting and advisory industry, customer satisfaction and word of mouth are integral to success and growth of a business and effective project management is key in satisfaction.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I really pride myself on my ability to multitask and my ability to stay organized in key in multitasking. For me personally, organization starts with using technology to my advantage and I do this through the use of my Outlook calendar and tasks functions. I take time each day to update my tasks and project work and use my ability to prioritize tasks to ensure that the right things are being worked on. In looking to bring these skills to long-term project work with your clients, staying organized and on task will be extremely important for the success of both Eide Bailly LLP and your clients."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "In my work, the ability to stay organized and on track comes down to having a plan of attack for each project and keeping track of the plan as milestones are hit. If you are familiar with the program Trello, it really helps me organize all of the components of the projects that I work on and give me the ability to track who is doing what, what deadlines are coming and what milestones have been hit. But even with a great program like this, I always have the ability to re-prioritize due dates and new tasks as needed with any project."

  5. 5.

    A key component to success here at Eide Bailly LLP is building solid relationships with new clients. How do you effectively get to know new people and lay the groundwork for a long lasting relationship?

      The fast paced world of business consulting requires the ability to build relationship after relationship with all of the clients that you will potentially be working with. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to gain insight into how you build relationships with new people from the first time you interact with them. In your answer, talk about how you gain and build trust with new people and explain how the little things in your initial interactions go a long way toward building long lasting working relationships.

      Ryan's Answer

      "I am a firm believer that success in any role I've played in my career was due in part to the relationships that I've built in those roles. Whenever I have the chance to work with a new colleague or a new customer, my approach is to create an initial connection with them to build trust. After that point, my interpersonal skills take over through active listening. I use my listening skills to learn about the motivating factors and needs of the person that I will be working with and this helps mold that respect and trust between us even more. I think this approach would be very critical in working with new clients on a regular basis here at Eide Bailly LLP and I'd love the opportunity to bring these skills to the table for you."

  6. 6.

    What interests you in joining the business consulting world here at Eide Bailly LLP?

      Anytime the question regarding why you want to join the company is asked, it is very important to do your research on the organization and the position you are interviewing for so you can match your skills and desires to the job. In your answer here, be sure that you also speak to the potential move to a consultative type role if this will be the first time for you with a consulting organization. Be sure to highlight your qualities that make you an ideal fit for the job.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "At this point in my career, I feel like I have really maxed out my capabilities in my current role as the IT Director with my current organization. Over the past two or three years, I've found so much fulfillment in my work when I've been helping others and providing education to them that I've narrowed my job search down to the IT consulting field. The prospect of helping other IT departments grow and become more efficient under my consultation is an adventure that I would love to embark on here at Eide Bailly LLP!"

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "As I've grown in my role in the Training & Education department with my current employer, I've gravitated toward leadership development and succession planning with my organization and I'd like to bring these skills to work here at Eide Bailly LLP as this position fits right in that mold. Using my experience and knowledge, you'll quickly find that I have a great ability to work alongside and train the top level executives with your clients in a manner that is professional and effective at the same time. My experiences in both healthcare and manufacturing sound like they'd fit well with your client base as well."

  7. 7.

    If you are hired for this position here at Eide Bailly LLP, what do you think the biggest hurdle for you would be from the start?

      For this question, you can showcase your research that you've done on both Eide Bailly LLP and the role you are interviewing for by being upfront and honest about what you feel would be the biggest learning curve for you if hired for the position and giving your plan for how you would approach this hurdle. In your answer, make sure that you highlight your skills and abilities in making a molehill out of a mountain on your way to success in this role.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "As you can see from my resume, most of my career experience is in the food industry. If fortunate enough to be hired for this position, the biggest area for learning for me would be the finance side of other industries like technology, telecommunications and healthcare. From day one, I would begin by thoroughly research the clients here at Eide Bailly LLP and speaking with as many industry experts that I know through business networking. While learning the ins and outs of other industries is the biggest learning curve for me, I see it as a great opportunity for me to become more proficient and effective in the work that I'd be doing for you."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "While this may sound funny to you at first, I think the biggest challenge for me from the start will be adapting to the great corporate lifestyle and culture here at Eide Bailly LLP. When I saw this position being open for applicants and I did my research, I was extremely excited to hear about the flexibility and openness to the ideas of your staff members. I've been working for six years in an environment that is very opposite of an open culture for new ideas and for me personally, it will feel foreign for me to bring new ideas to the team here and have them be accepted."

  8. 8.

    An often difficult part about working for Eide Bailly LLP and our clients is the need to be fluent and adaptable to the cultures of our clients. Why would you say that you'd be able to handle this aspect of the job with ease?

      In the business consulting world, organizations work with clients that all have different backgrounds, leadership styles, cultures, industries and motivating factors. Consultants hired to come in to these organizations have to possess a chameleon-like ability to ingrain themselves in a new company's culture. For you to be successful in the role that you are interviewing for, you must possess this same ability. In your answer to this question, be sure to point out your fluidity to adapt to new situation in your work by giving an example or two of a time you had to do this to give your interviewer a sense of your ability to be flexible with clients.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "During my career to this point, I've been very fortunate to say that I've worked for one employer for over ten years and the experience that I've gained with them is a huge asset to me personally. But even though all of my relevant work experience is with the same employer, I've worked under six different department managers during my time there and each person had their own unique management style and expectations of me. As well, my organization has undergone three mergers in my time there and each merger brought a new and bigger organization to light with new values and culture. Whether it was a manager change or an organization change, I always prioritized openness and asking questions to get to know new processes better. I would bring this approach with each and every new client that I would work with in this role."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I would liken this role as a Client Manager to working with my customers in my current job. I approach each new customer with an open slated mind while getting to know their motivations, their needs and their expectations of me to help me get a better understanding of how I can best suit them. If hired for this position working with your clients here at Eide Bailly LLP, this approach would be vital because of the variety of businesses and industries that I would be working with."

  9. 9.

    In what ways would our clients here at Eide Bailly LLP benefit from your knowledge and services?

      This question is your chance to talk about the unique skills and knowledge that you would bring to Eide Bailly LLP and that is exactly what your interviewer is looking to hear. In your answer, keep your focus centered on how clients of the organization will benefit from the things that you bring to their table because Eide Bailly LLP is client focused in all that they do. To be effective with this answer, be sure to do your research on the clients at Eide Bailly LLP and think about how your experience will be beneficial for them.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "As you can see from my resume, I have extensive experience in risk management in the healthcare industry. Having worked with some major players in the industry, your healthcare clients would benefit the most from the experience and solutions I could help provide them. Not to leave other industries out, I think my experience in the healthcare realm will also translate nicely to your clients in other areas of the private sector."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Having worked in accounting and tax law in a few different industries during my career to this point, I also have the unique experience of creating new organizational policies and procedures in my current role. In hearing more about this role, I think this experience would be very beneficial for your clients as I would be helping advise them in their practices and creating new policy would be crucial in that process."

  10. 10.

    At Eide Bailly LLP we provide services to a wide range of businesses. Which industry or business type do you have the most experience with?

      In the commercial services industry, your experience with clients may be widespread. Talk to the interviewer about any particular industry to which you may have more exposure. If you have a specialty - now is the time to discuss your expertise. Whether you have experience in the same industry as Eide Bailly LLP, or not, be sure to appear confident in your capabilities.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I understand that the majority of business that is coming to Eide Bailly LLP is related to XYZ. I have about four years of dedicated XYZ experience. The remainder of my work experience is with a wide range of clients and industries. I feel that these experiences have equipped me very well for a position such as this."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I have the most experience in the manufacturing industry. Approximately 15 years, in fact. I believe this experience will benefit me in this role with Eide Bailly LLP because I am well versed in best practices and manufacturing protocols."

  11. 11.

    When we work with our clients here at Eide Bailly LLP, an important part of receiving buy-in from them is attained through business diagrams and charts. What experience do you have in creating and presenting business diagrams and charts?

      In a consulting role with Eide Bailly LLP, analysts are required to have the ability to present data and information to clients in an easy to understand manner. In this role, you will be working with employees from all different levels of the organization that you consult and putting information into layman's terms is extremely important. One effective way to do this is through the use of business diagrams and charts and for this question, your interviewer is looking to find out what type of experience you have in diagramming and charting. Talk about your experience with things like flowcharts and activity diagrams and explain why visuals are important for stakeholders.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "In my current role, I regularly create and present process flowcharts and activity diagrams to our staff. I recently created an activity diagram that outlined a production process in our facility. I am very proficient in using Visio to create these and my presentation was very eye opening to the staff that I presented to. In the hour long presentation and meeting, many key areas of focus were brought to the attention of leadership for focus on future improvement. If hired for this role, I'd be very comfortable in working with clients on effective charting and presentation to them in this area."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "With a background in quality, I am very familiar with swimlane flowcharting and I've used this many times with my current organization to highlight where different departments interact and crossover in processes. While I've most often relied on the administrative assistant in my department in the creation of these, I am very comfortable in learning how to create them with my solid technical skills. My forte definitely lies with presenting and explaining processes to stakeholders."

  12. 12.

    What roles are you comfortable assuming in working as part of a larger team?

      Coming to work for a consulting business requires the ability to work as part of a larger team on the projects you will be heading. Teamwork in this setting requires versatility and your interviewer will be looking to hear that you have that versatility in your answer to this question. Many times, you will be taking the bull by the horns and leading the way. Other times, you will be the worker bee researching behind the scenes. You may be tasked with being the organizer of projects behind the scenes as well. Make sure that you highlight your ability to be flexible when working as part of a team here.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I am really comfortable working in any role within a team and I think my experiences throughout my career demonstrate this well. At many times in my career, I've been the legwork of team operations and have easily taken direction on projects and been able to hit pre-established deadlines. As well, I've lead many projects and have shown my ability to lead others in a team effort and the ability to delegate tasks and set milestones for projects. If hired for this position, you can be rest assured that I have the ability to be a key team players with your clients in helping better their business."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "From a very young age in my career, I've always been a natural leader in a team based environment. My excellent communication skills, honesty, critical thinking and decision making skills have proven time and time again that I can lead others in the most effective way possible. And while being a leader comes naturally to me, I can easily let others take the lead on projects."

  13. 13.

    Change management is an important aspect of consulting our clients here at Eide Bailly LLP. Have you participated in a change management process during your career?

      Due to many factors, change is inevitable adn unavoidable for businesses today. Because of this, Eide Bailly LLP is often sought after to lead change management processes for their clients and the role that you are interviewing for will help facilitate this process with clients. Prior to your interview, think about particular change management processes that you have been a part of and be able to speak to your ability to lead others in making necessary business changes. Make sure to talk about the importance of having a vision, developing a plan and measuring progress as part of the overall change process.

      Ryan's Answer

      "In my leadership role with my current organization, I have been part of an ongoing change process to optimize our staffing ratio to meet production needs. After being part of a careful analysis process and researching industry standards, we implemented a plan to heavily reduce our administrative staff while bolstering production staff and this was a huge change for our organization. My role in the implementation of the process was to gather data and put together a presentation for our Board and Senior Leadership. As well, I helped prepare both internal and external communications that went out regarding our upcoming changes. As things stand today, we have been in continuous review of new processes and things are going great! This involvement has helped prepare me for helping others manage significatn change in their business processes."

  14. 14.

    During your career, have you ever had to terminate an employee? How about having to handle mass job eliminations?

      Consulting firms like Eide Bailly LLP, that specialize in the HR side of businesses, often get called upon to analyze and assess businesses, their staffing and their overall practices. Part of the assessment phase can involve staffing numbers and getting an organization to the optimum number of employees. Because you may have to deal with layoffs or single terminations, your interviewer will be looking to hopefully hear that you have some experience with this during your career up to this point. Be sure to speak openly and honestly about your experiences while walking them through important things that are necessary during a termination or a layoff.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "While I don't have experience with large scale staff layoffs, I do have experiencing terminating employees for performance related issues. Early in my career, when working for a small company, I'll be honest in saying that I did struggle in this aspect of the job. Perhaps the best advice I ever received was from a colleague who told me that employees fire themselves and I just have to bring them the bad news. Through the terminations that I've handled during my career, I've learned that a systematic approach to performance documentation and record keeping is vital to ensuring that my organization was making the right choice. I've also learned that keeping personal feelings aside is extremely important as I am a representative of my organization. I feel these are both important things to work through if given the opportunity to work with clients who would be facing mass layoffs or position eliminations."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "As you can see from my experience, I have spent a good portion of my career in the unionized manufacturing setting and I have had to work through some mass layoffs during that time and individualized terminations as well. I know that my experience, particularly in the union setting, will be very beneficial in this advisory role with Eide Bailly LLP."

  15. 15.

    What tools and programs are you comfortable and experienced working on that would help you in this role with Eide Bailly LLP?

      As business technology has increased over time, the business analytics field has flourished with great tools becoming more easily available. Your interviewer is looking to get a sense of what programs you have familiarity working with and, on top of that, how fluent and efficient you are in using those tools. Be sure to touch on programs/tools that touch effective communication, project management and modelling/visualization and highlight the fact that you are proficient in and open to learning new programs if needed.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "As a proficient user and fan of the Microsoft Office Suite, I am very proficient using all of the pieces of the suite. I rely on Outlook for email communications, calendar appointments and managing daily and weekly tasks. I regularly use the Visio tool for diagramming and Excel for tracking purposes. In preparation for this interview, I've been researching common requirements management tools like Rational Requisite Pro and I feel confident in my technical abilities to learn and utilize a new business analyst program."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "As a trained IT professional looking to breakthrough into the analytics field, you can be assured that I have a wide breadth of experience working with many different programs and tools. On top of the normal Microsoft Office programs, I've worked on email programs like Zimbra and Mailbird for communications and am comfortable learning any new system. I think one unique aspect I can bring to Eide Bailly LLP is my experience working with SQL database management and queries."

  16. 16.

    If you were to join Eide Bailly LLP in this role, you will be counted on to lead projects. Talk about a time you had to lead a team of individuals. What leadership skills do you have that you will bring to the table here?

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  17. 17.

    Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.

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  18. 18.

    Strong time management is important at Eide Bailly LLP. How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?

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  19. 19.

    If hired for this role, what team building skills and techniques would you be able to bring to our clients here at Eide Bailly LLP?

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  20. 20.

    In our world here at Eide Bailly LLP, our clients rely on real world analytical data versus assumptions and guesswork. What analytical skills would you bring to the table here for our clients?

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  21. 21.

    Customer service is our top priority at Eide Bailly LLP. What is your customer service philosophy?

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  22. 22.

    As a consultant with Eide Bailly LLP, you will be relied upon to build trust with our clients as you work with them on financial stability and well-being. What would be your tactics to build trust from the start with a new client?

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  23. 23.

    Talk about a time you had to work with a very difficult person. What was the situation and how did you handle it?

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  24. 24.

    In this role with Eide Bailly LLP, how would you evaluate a new client's financial position?

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  25. 25.

    Many of the management and higher level roles with Eide Bailly LLP require a Degree in Business or similar. Please walk me through your post-secondary education.

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  26. 26.

    Working with our clients here at Eide Bailly LLP often involves some initial conflict with our clients. How would you rate your ability to handle conflict or disagreements in the workplace?

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  27. 27.

    Talk about a time you had to use conflict resolution skills in a business setting. What was the situation and the outcome and how did you positively influence that outcome?

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