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Huron Consulting Group Interview

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What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?

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  1. What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?
    • Everyone will have their own particular triggers that cause them to feel dissatisfaction on the job. Talk to the interviewer about any factors that may deflate or discourage you in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I can feel dissatisfaction on the job when I am not feeling heard or when there is not a mutual respect among the team members. I work best in more harmonious situations where there is little drama or gossip."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have felt dissatisfied on the job when I feel underpaid and overworked. I don't mind working hard at all but I don't like to feel as though I'm being taken advantage of."


  1. How do you prioritize multiple projects when they all seem equally important?
    • Prioritizing is a skill that requires practice. There are many approaches you can take. Here are some suggestions:

      1) Make a list. By thinking through and writing down each item that needs to be completed, you can see it on paper.
      2) Mark what is urgent or important. Take into account deadlines and meetings.
      3) Order each task based upon effort and estimated value. Considering due dates and how long it will take to do each item (also considering how much time you have).

      In answering this question, show the interviewer that you have a system in place that helps you to think through what needs to happen, and when. The better you can prioritize, the more productive you will be, making you an asset to their company!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I prioritize based on urgency and time required on the project. I have a list of what needs to be done, by when, and how long I project that it will take to accomplish. I am great under pressure, but try to make sure that I don't get myself or my team into a sticky situation by not allotting enough time for any particular project. That said, I also try to be as effective and efficient as possible and make sure I can use all minutes of a day for a project, so I generally have a few things going at once: I am the lead on some, the delegator on others, and the reviewer on another, for instance. This way, by splitting up the work to the appropriate parties, both I and my team and be the most effective and impactful as possible."


  1. We have many strong competitors. In your opinion, what does Huron Consulting Group do to stand out from the rest?
    • Before your interview it is important that you not only research Huron Consulting Group, but also their competitors. What do you think that Huron Consulting Group is doing better than any of their competitors? Be positive, compliment Huron Consulting Group on their efforts, and ensure that you do not speak poorly of the competitors at the same time.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have researched Huron Consulting Group online and found a common theme when it came to reviews, comments, and news articles. That common theme is surrounding the fairness that you offer your employees. You have strong benefits programs and offer multiple growth opportunities in all business units. This seems like a really positive place to work. I simply didn't see your competitors standing out in that area."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "You are the undeniable giants in the industry. I have been planning my job here since I graduated with my Degree. I now feel that I am ready to really accelerate my career by making this move. There are so many growth opportunities here and that truly excites me."


  1. Describe your working relationship with your previous or current colleagues.
    • When you answer this question be sure to remain positive, even if the experience wasn't. Avoid talking about any previous drama and do not speak poorly of your colleagues.

      If you had a good relationship with your previous colleagues: "I get along well with most personalities. My colleagues were great team players and we would often meet up after work for drinks or team activities."

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I get along well with most personalities. My colleagues were great team players and we would often meet up after work for drinks or team activities."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If you did not have a good relationship with your previous colleagues: "I have had better relationships in the past but we did the best that we could. Our communication styles were all very different which made it challenging at times."


  1. Because Huron Consulting Group has a large geographic footprint, we have to accommodate a variety of time zones. Do you have experience working for clients and co-workers in multiple time zones?
    • Working for a diversified services organization can bring some unique challenges as their global footprint may be vast. Be sure to express to the interviewer that you are able to successfully handle the challenges that come along with a large geographic footprint.

      If you have experience working with clients and co-workers in multiple time zones: "In my current position I collaborate with our offices in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, and Finland. It was a struggle at first to always remember what day and time others were working in; however, I now have a great desktop application that tracks this for me so I have quick reference to the information that I need."

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my current position I collaborate with our offices in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, and Finland. It was a struggle at first to always remember what day and time others were working in; however, I now have a great desktop application that tracks this for me so I have quick reference to the information that I need."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If you do not have experience working with clients and co-workers in multiple time zones: "I do not have exposure to working around multiple time zones; however, this is something I could pick up on very quickly. With technology these days I am sure I could find some help with a handy phone or desktop application. Also, I am not opposed to working outside of business hours on the occasions where I would need to communicate with a client across the globe."


  1. When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
    • Have you ever had to take on a task or a role that you felt was over your experience level? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have dealt with this type of situation. What was the outcome, and what did you learn?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When my manager went on unexpected medical leave for 3 months last year I was asked to step into her position in the interim. I knew the basics but was certainly not trained on the specifics of the role. I was able to take it on successfully by leaning on my team, reading a lot of company manuals, and asking many questions. Once my manager returned she was very please with the progress that I made and I was awarded a promotion."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am often asked to perform tasks outside of my wheelhouse. This includes customer dispute resolution and interviewing potential new employees. I am a diverse employee and am happy to take on additional functions."


  1. At Huron Consulting Group we offer a wide range of products and services. How do you plan to positively impact our business, if hired?
    • The interviewer is looking for a couple of main points in your answer. One, they would like to know that you have clearly researched the products / services offered at Huron Consulting Group. Two, they would like to see that you have actively thought about your potential fit with Huron Consulting Group and the ways that you would make a fast and positive impact on their organization.

      Your answer should display your confidence and touch on your particular specialty. This could include your great ability to memorize product features, your natural sales abilities, or your cold calling skills.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I really appreciate the range of products that you offer your clients at Huron Consulting Group. I am sure that it is a bit of work to become familiar with all of the products; however, I am very good at memorization and my recall abilities are above average. I expect that I will be up to date on your product lines much faster than your average employee. This strength also helps when it comes to my up-selling percentages because I can easily recommend additional products based on the customers needs."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I plan to positively impact your business, very quickly, by being incredibly diligent in my training, getting to know your service offerings in and out, and being an engaged member of your team from day one."


  1. Do you have any questions for me about this position?
    • It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the company website and other online resources to ensure the questions you are asking are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of questions you could have found the answers to from simply watching a video on their company site!

      Here are some sample questions:

      - When would you like to have this position filled?
      - How long has this role been vacant?
      - Is this a replacement search or a newly created role?
      - What is your favorite part about working here?
      - What is the company's primary goal for this position in the next 12 months?
      - Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you?
      - What do you see as the biggest change in this industry over the past 3 years?
      - Is there any reason why you would not hire me?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have been a fan of your company for as long as I can remember and I am curious what the vision is for expanding in the future to new markets, especially considering the growth of e-commerce and decline of brick and mortar stores across all industries. How do you plan to remain relevant?"


  1. What are your salary expectations?
    • The best way to discuss your salary expectations are to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year plus a potential 20% annual bonus. Last year my earnings were $52,000 and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am currently making $100,000 per year with two bonus opportunities. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides opportunity for growth."


  1. What would you do if a client asked you about a product or service and you were unsure of the answer?
    • The interviewer wants know if you are an independent thinker. Explain that you would take the time to try and figure out the answer, but you are not afraid to ask questions if you need to.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "If I had a client ask me about something that I didn't know enough about, I would absolutely find the answer for them before giving a false answer. I am okay with admitting when I don't know something and i love to learn new things. Of course, I would find the answer quickly by asking the appropriate person or finding it within the company's internal resources."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am a great researcher and do not mind asking for help. If I did not know the answer, I would readily admit it but then also commit myself to finding the answer."


  1. How do you evaluate success among your team members?
    • When you are leading a team it is very important to be aware of the level of success that each team member is experiencing. One underperforming team player can drag down the entire group. Talk to the interviewer about how you are able to stay aware of each team members' success.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have a very in-depth and successful system for evaluating success among my team members. I check in twice per week with each member of my team. On Monday's - to set our goals together. Then, on Friday's, to discuss any successes and challenges. I have them self-evaluate and then we create a plan for success for the upcoming week. I evaluate their success based on their follow through and willingness to work hard to reach their goals."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I typically have KPI (key performance indicators) in place to measure the success of each of the members of the team. I also manage our overall success in working together. For example, are we hitting on key initiatives within the department, developing each other for succession planning and having fun along the way!"


  1. We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
    • To many employers, the number of years' experience is flexible - so long as you have the results to show for the years that you do have. Talk to the interviewer about your major career successes. This is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Although I have 5 years' experience vs 8 years' experience I can absolutely do this job well. In my previous role, I was outperforming colleagues who had 12 years of experience. To me, it's all about drive and ability to be a quick study. I have all of these qualities and more."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Along with my 5 years working in this industry, I have worked in related industries my entire career. Also, I hope that my graduate degree gives me a little boost in experience over the required undergraduate degree."


  1. Huron Consulting Group puts a lot of focus on our local and global impact so we seek to hire those with the same values. What do you know about our company values, and how do they align with your personal values?
    • It is very important that you research Huron Consulting Group in great detail before your interview. Be prepared to discuss the global efforts currently underway and also research any local charity efforts that Huron Consulting Group supports. Discuss your own personal values and how they align with the values at Huron Consulting Group.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have always spent time volunteering with local organizations. This includes the animal shelter, the children's hospital, and our local food bank. I believe that no matter how busy we are we always have time to give back. I have researched the efforts that Huron Consulting Group puts in when it comes to charity. Your values and interest in your global impact are impressive. It's one of the reasons I am so attracted to your organization."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "The fact that Huron Consulting Group puts so much focus on your local and global impact is part of the reason why I applied here. I follow your organization on social media and have seen pictures of the great work you are able to do. I am excited for the opportunity to be on board with this!"


  1. When have you shown great integrity at work?
    • Integrity is best displayed through honesty and consistent moral values. Talk to the interviewer about the way(s) that you show your integrity in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my last position, I was responsible for the cash deposit on a daily basis. There was never a discrepancy, in the 4 years that I worked there. I best show my integrity by being a consistently reliable employee."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Here are some ways that you can show integrity at work:

      - Following your moral convictions
      - Always listening to that little voice the prompts you to do the right thing
      - Show consistent ethics
      - Do the right thing in all situations
      - Even when nobody is watching, choose to do the right thing
      - Keep your promises
      - Keep secrets when coworkers confide in you
      - Do not let anyone take the fall for your mistakes"


  1. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
    • Have you ever taken the opportunity to present your employer with potential change? Talk to the hiring manager about a time when you took initiative in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I was able to present and implement one specific change in the office this past year. It was a recycling program that I felt was very important, even for our smaller office. We had significantly less waste after my initiative was implemented and I enjoyed seeing others take pride in helping our environment."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In my previous position, I noticed that our written procedures were not exactly how the employees were doing things. I decided to interview the employees and compare it to the written procedures that management wanted used. We were able to come to a compromise that met all of the safety and quality requirements of the company, but still worked a bit faster and easier for the staff."


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