Your interview process
Our aim is that every stage of the interview process gives you the opportunity to really engage with our business, get insights into the role and the industry and hopefully learn something along the way!
The recruitment team will update and advise you throughout the process. You will also be offered an informal chat with a recent joiner as the process advances.
In this section, you will find out about the different interview and assessment stages. To see the specific processes for each location, see the local office pages.
Your application should showcase any relevant academic achievements (including university and school-leaver grades, where applicable) as well as any professional experience. Check our offices’ local pages for more details.
You do not need to have a specific academic or professional background. Please explain why you are interested in working for Analysys Mason, either on your CV or in your cover letter. We will endeavour to get back to you swiftly, and every application will receive a response.
Structuring your CV thoroughly gives the recruiters the impression that you are structured, which is a valuable quality as a consultant.
Be genuine about your motivations for applying to Analysys Mason, and explain why you find the telecoms industry interesting. Consulting experience is a plus, but any work experience is valued.
Our assessment considers your mental agility, motivations and personality. It will give us a rounded picture of who you are and what you like. You can do it on your phone or laptop, and it takes approximately 30 minutes.
You should be calm but highly alert during your online assessment. Meditating beforehand could be useful.
Practice numerical skills to prepare; there are free resources on the internet. Do not let difficult tasks or stress affect your effort and motivation; it might go better than what you first think.
Our face-to-face interviews allow us to assess your consulting and analytical skills, often with the use of a case study. Our interviews typically follow a structured format to allow for consistency and fairness throughout the process. They also offer you a chance to get to know us, and you will have the time to ask as many questions as you want.
The case study gives the interviewer a chance to see how you solve problems, so do not be afraid to explain your reasoning and ask questions.
Be authentic; the people at Analysys Mason are genuinely interested in getting to know about you. Being authentic will help you to stand out and make the interview process enjoyable for both you and us!
Do not lose sight of the fact that your interviewers are first and foremost people with their own personalities who will be looking to know yours; there is more to the process than just following textbook guidelines.
Do not panic. The interviewer is there to help you through the case study. Make sure that you ask as many questions as you need to make everything crystal clear and then talk through your thought process when you are presenting your answers.
Make sure that you clearly explain your thought process during the interview; this is more important than ‘cracking the case’ per se.
Polish your quantitative skills. Showing your thinking while solving cases helps the interviewer to get a better grasp your logic. Having a basic understanding of telecoms definitely helps.
Master your business case skills and show some knowledge and curiosity in the TMT industry. This will give you a good chance to become part of our team.
Your interviewers are genuinely interested in helping you during the process. If you get stuck, do ask for help; as long as you structure your hypotheses well, you will be fine!
Try to break down the problem into smaller parts and clearly state the assumptions that you make along the way. You might even end up with a tip from the interviewer.
During the interviews be ready to answer the interviewers, but also to ask some questions. It is a great way to get to know the company and show your interest.
Keeps notes of the feedback after every case study that you consider. Keep on reading through these notes once or twice a week to iron out your mistakes as you go.
At the beginning of the interview, do not be afraid to ask for a minute to structure your thoughts on paper. It will help you out in the long run.
Practice with your friends to ensure that you can effectively communicate your motivations for applying for the position. Also, make sure that you have an understanding of the types of clients that Analysys Mason supports and how it does so.
Do not memorise your answers because it will be easy to tell that you are just reciting your pre-written answers. Make sure that you know your key points so that you can come across prepared and knowledgeable, which will ultimately help you with your confidence.
Nobody expects you to be an expert in the TMT industry, but you should show interest and general knowledge of the hot topics.
Always do some research on what projects Analysys Mason has completed recently to showcase yours interest. Bonus points if you can explain why you would have been a good fit for that specific project team!
Be positive! As a consultant you will have to interact with a wide range of different people, and people generally prefer to work with other positive people. Apart from testing your abilities, the interviewer will also be looking to see if your energy is a good fit.
If the interviewers provide a presentation about the company, write down any questions that arise (there is nothing wrong with writing during their presentation; it shows that you are following and curious). Wait until the interviewers are done with the presentation before asking the questions, and ask yourself whether the answer will give you any value; try to avoid unnecessary questions.
Prepare questions about the firm/position in advance and write them down.
Practice, practice, practice! There are plenty of free resources online to help you brush up on your market sizing and business strategy skills.
Teamwork is a key component of consulting. Do not be afraid to ask questions and work with your interviewer to solve the case study together.
You will deliver a presentation on a TMT topic (prepared in advance at home) in front of a panel of future colleagues. We will assess your presentation and your analytical and communication skills.
Be original with the presentation topic and try to end with why you think it matters to Analysys Mason.
Keep it simple and do not focus too much on visuals. Do some thorough research before creating your deck and try to think of any questions that the audience might have for each slide you present.
Have a look through Analysys Mason’s Knowledge Centre when deciding what topic to cover in your presentation. The free articles cover a wide range of current trends in the TMT industry.
Be ambitious, think outside of the box and practice beforehand. This is an opportunity to showcase your research, analysis and presentation skills, as well as your enthusiasm for the industry.
You will meet the office Partner(s). They will give you a good understanding of Analysys Mason’s plans and explain how you will fit within the team and the wider company.
Listen to the interviewer. They are interested in how you respond to their points, and (in case study questions) the extent to which you can take on board helpful suggestions about your approach. This is of interest to us because it is also directly relevant when working with clients.
Be honest and genuine in your answers. An interview is a two-way process to understand if the company and you are a good fit, so a candid, honest discussion is the best way to ensure that is the case. Experienced interviewers can tell if you are overly rehearsed or disingenuous; be yourself!
Relax! This is a great opportunity to have a discussion with an expert in the TMT industry and demonstrate how you will fit into the company. You should be prepared to talk about your interests, including those that are not related to the position.
Our assessment tests your mental agility, motivations and personality. It will give us a rounded picture of who you are and what you like. You can do it on your phone or laptop, and it takes up to 30 minutes.
I would recommend doing practice tests for general numerical skills. Make sure that you are in a quiet space and set aside time for it as you want to optimise your performance by making sure that you are focused and in the right mindset.
Have a go at a free online numerical assessment so that you can practise getting the timings right and get a bit quicker with your mental maths in general. I am definitely a lot slower than I used to be! In the actual assessment, try to be as accurate as possible in the time given, but do not stress if you have to leave an answer without double checking.
Make sure that you manage the amount of time you spend on each question so that you can get them all done before the end.
Face-to-face interview with a reasoning exercise
Our face-to-face structured interviews are conducted by two experienced analysts. In addition to questions to assess your motivation and ability, you will go through an Excel-based reasoning assessment. It will assess your analytical and reasoning skills, and will give you the chance to see what you will do when you join us.
As with any interview, it is good to prepare an answer to explain your reasons for wanting the job and for working in the industry/company. Also prepare some STAR answers for any capabilities questions. In the Excel task, take your time to read the instructions and do not worry too much if it is harder than anticipated to understand the spreadsheet or formulas quickly; be honest and the interviewers will try to guide you as much as possible. They might be looking at how you cope rather than your knowledge itself.
Make sure you are prepared (STAR answers are a useful structure to follow). Dress smartly even if it is a virtual interview so that you feel and come across as professional. This is your first contact with someone from the company, so ask questions to gain a good understanding about the role. Make sure to brush up on your Excel skills!
Do some research about Analysys Mason and the TMT industry. Make sure you know your CV well. The Excel task can be a bit intimidating, but the interviewers are there to help you if you get stuck. The focus is more on your problem-solving skills than your Excel ability, so you do not need to learn anything like VLOOKUPs.
Do not worry about trying to look like a TMT expert during the interview; focus on showing how you are willing and able to learn.
You will write an article of up to 1000 words on a TMT topic that we will share in advance. It will require some research, and will assess your writing, analytical and reasoning skills. It will also give you a flavour of the kind of work you would do as an analyst.
Be succinct, make sure that what you are writing is related to the topic and use a sensible structure. Having a friend or family member read over it is great to spot any errors and to ensure that it all makes sense.
I think the best thing to do is to try to form your own understanding of the question and the topic; reading a bit outside of the given sources or trying to explain it to those around you can help. When writing, it is good to think about the structure and the title, and try to make the report as clear as possible.
Research the TMT sector and look at Analysys Mason’s published reports to get of sense of its reporting style.
Interview with a practice head
The final stage of the interview process is a meeting with two of our practice heads. You will discuss your background, your written assessment and your understanding of Analysys Mason. You will be able to ask as many questions as you like about our careers and work. You will also have to prepare a short presentation.
For the final presentation, choose a topic that lets you showcase how you can take data/information and turn it into a story.
I prepared for the 10-minute presentation by presenting to a friend and answering their questions. They can assess your style of speaking, tell you if the level of knowledge is right, come up with new questions and help you to build confidence. I would also recommend reviewing the answers that you gave during the first interview and reflecting on how you found the previous assessments, as well as the opinions that you have formed about the industry or job.
You can present on anything you want to, so be sure to choose a topic that you are confident with. Your dissertation topic is a good one (if you wrote one). Make sure that you have researched the industry and know some major trends for the interview.
Use your presentation to express your motivations for working at the company as well as your analytical capabilities. It is easy to get nervous, but remember that they are also just people on the other side of the screen/room, so do not be afraid to show your personable side.
Our interview process is two-way and is as much an opportunity for you to get to know us, as it is for us to get to know you.
Although each support team will run a different recruitment process, it will always include between two and three stages. At times, it might also involve an online assessment or a presentation.
You will also have the chance to meet your future peers and have an informal conversation to understand what it is like to work at Analysys Mason.
The recruitment team will always be in touch before, during and after the process, providing information and feedback at each stage.