August provides an unmatched total equation
What makes August distinctive as a place to work is not so much one unique thing, but rather a unique combination of things. Our unmatched total equation combines intellectual and entrepreneurial challenge with the prospect of being part of an extraordinary community while having the opportunity to enjoy good quality of life.
Intellectual and entrepreneurial challenge
The diverse nature of assignments, industries and companies coupled with complex problem solving make strategy consulting highly interesting and motivating. You will be exposed to an endless array of intellectual challenges, for which clients depend on you and the team to develop solutions. Not off-the-shelf or standardized solutions, but tailored
solutions that fit seamlessly to the context. Exposure to constant intellectual challenge – and the steep learning curve that follows from it – is a big part of the appeal of strategy consulting as a profession, and typically a key reason for why people join August.
But the challenges you face at August are not just intellectual, you also get a taste of challenges with an entrepreneurial angle. While client engagements are at the core and center of what we do, we are simultaneously building and developing our company. What do we want to be, what are our targets, how do we compete, what do we need to develop, and how do we go about doing all of this? Addressing these types of questions is not limited to a few selected, everyone in the team contributes to this and have a unique opportunity to leave their own mark.
Being part of an extraordinary community
A strong sense of community gives that nice extra flavor on coming into work every day. At August, the essence of community is perceiving and engaging people as whole persons rather than just professionals. It’s not merely getting along with your colleagues, it’s not only the social events and fun stuff, it’s far more profound than just effective teamwork between great individuals. To put it simply, it’s about being appreciated not just for what you do, but for who you are. And thereby fostering an environment where outstanding people can flourish and unleash their full potential. Although extraordinary is always in the eye of the beholder, we dare to make this claim when describing our community. Why? Because that’s what it feels like to us.
Opportunity to enjoy good quality of life
Although challenging and meaningful work for many at August is a key ingredient in quality of life, it is for none the only ingredient. There’s family, friends, exercise, culture, hobbies, travel, you name it. While we are humble towards the fact that quality of life is a strongly subjective perception that we can’t guarantee anyone, we put a lot of effort into making sure our people have the opportunity to enjoy good quality of life, whatever it means to each and every one. We don’t have a fixed model or form for how this is done, as everyone have their unique needs and interest. However, an indication that we might have succeeded on some level is the fact that on average our people turnover is lower, and our tenures longer, than what you typically see in strategy consulting.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for talented and motivated people with an edge
As we see it, outstanding individuals performing as a team is by far our most important asset. Consequently, we build our organization methodically, piece by piece (or rather, person by person). We are looking for exceptionally talented and driven individuals – people who have demonstrated high performance in studies, work or other fields of life. Individual characteristics that are helpful are curiosity, drive and results orientation.
While everyone at August is an own unique individual, there are certain qualities most of them have in common:
- Outstanding analytical problem-solving skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Team player attitude
- Motivation and drive
If you believe you have what it takes, don’t hesitate to apply.
August career path
Our career path ensures a steep learning curve throughout your tenure at August and allows you to continuously develop new capabilities
Recruitment process and preparation tips
Our recruitment process is tailored to the position you are applying for
The recruitment process is slightly different for internships and permanent positions. For permanent positions the process consists of several rounds of interviews, depending on the background of the candidate and the position applied for. The following description provides more detail on what the process for internships typically looks like:
In your application, you are expected not only to convince that you have what it takes to be a strategy consultant, but also that you are a good fit with August. For detailed information on how to apply, please visit the “How to apply” section below.
1st round interviews
The first round of interviews typically consists of two interviews with the objective of testing your ability and motivation to become a strategy consultant and the mutual fit between you and August. At this stage, you will also have a chance to show your ability to solve generic business cases. Some cases emphasize your quantitative skills whereas other cases test your ability to identify the key issues.
2nd round interviews
In case you make it to the second (and final) round, you will meet two of our Partners in different interviews. The purpose of this round is to clear any doubts on your side (e.g. your future desires and your motivation to work at August) or our side (e.g. your ability to structure complex business problems under pressure). This is your opportunity to convince us that you have what it takes for the job and that August is the right place for you.
Orientation – August Academy Bootcamp
If you are extended a job offer after the and decide to accept it, your career at August will begin with the three-day August Academy Bootcamp training session where you get to experience consultant’s life by delivering a simulated real life case in teams and presenting your answer to a simulated Steering Group. In addition, a personal ‘buddy’ will help you to get started with any practicalities or concerns during your first weeks at the August office.
Preparation tips for a case interview
In a case interview, you are presented with a situation of challenge that a real or fictional business is facing. Your task is to analyze and solve the problem.
Why do we have case interviews?
Consulting is essentially about problem solving. Case interviews are a way to simulate in an interview context the kind of problem we work with and solve. They provide us with an opportunity to understand your ability to frame problems, identify key issues, structure analyses and get to conclusion.
What do we look for in case interviews?
We are expecting you to build understanding of the situation, frame the problem, structure the analysis, analyze and draw conclusions, and finally synthesize your findings and make recommendations. Ultimately the interviewer is trying to get an indication of your potential for solving our clients’ problems in real life based on a combination of skills such as structuring, logical reasoning, mathematical orientation and business sense. In addition, the case provides the interviewer a glimpse of how you interact with other people.
What formats and types of cases do we use?
The format of case can vary a lot, depending on the interviewer. Some interviewers favor candidate-led formats, where the candidate is expected to be firmly in driver’s seat all the way and the interviewer intervenes rarely, whereas others may prefer more interviewer-led formats, where the candidate works on specific parts of the overall problem and interviewer controls the process in significant ways. In other words, be prepared to take an active or a reactive role, depending on how the interviewer formulates the problem and your task, and how the interviewer guides you at the outset.
There is a multitude of different types of cases. Every interviewer has their own preferred types, often drawing upon own experiences from real life cases. A few examples of themes in case interviews are listed below:
- Market sizing / estimation
- Organic growth strategy
- Profitability improvement
- Industry analysis
- Supply chain optimization
- Synergy assessment
- Sourcing improvement
Is it necessary to prepare for case interviews and how to do it?
Few people make it successfully through case interviews without any preparation. We warmly encourage you to take some steps to prepare, as this is likely to improve your chances of securing a job offer. Here are a few practical tips related to the interview situation that are useful to know:
- Listen to the interviewer carefully and make sure that you understood the key issues and address the question
- Do not hesitate to ask clarifying questions on terms or concepts before going forward with the case and clarify the intended scope of the exercise
- Take time to structure your analysis and necessary information carefully. The interviewer might hold important information that you should ask for or you may be presented with an abundance of information, all of which is not relevant for solving the case
- Make the interview a discussion as it is important that the interviewer follows your logic in detail and you may also get some hints if you stay alert
- Act convincing in calculations but remember that many times the data tells the response directly if you know where to look for
- Make sure to “sanity check” your calculations and conclusions before committing to them to make sure they make sense in the context of the case
- Once you are done with the given assignment, take it to the next level and think of the implications and next steps.
Please be aware that these are just the very basics. For more information, tips and practice cases, you may want to check out e.g. Case in Point (by Marc Consentino). Also, there is a multitude of tips and practice case available for free on the internet for the inquisitive mind.
How to apply?
Our application process is slightly different for student internships and permanent positions
We are offering students an opportunity to experience strategy consulting through internships, for which we organize a recruitment process once a year if the fall. In addition, we are continuously seeking new talent to join our top team and welcome applications for permanent positions throughout the year.
If you are interested in applying to August, please see more detailed instructions below: