Our Recruiting Process

We believe that in order to make the best possible recruiting decisions, we need to know you and what you’re capable of. We’ve shared the information below to help you do your best and allow you to show us your true potential as a future Stroud colleague. You’re encouraged to explore these pages for helpful information on our process as well as tips on being successful at each step.

Stroud’s interview process aims to assess your abilities, how you apply those abilities to solve tangible problems, and your alignment with a career at Stroud. There are four key steps in the process:

 Information Sessions

The Information Sessions are designed to give you a clear picture of what working at Stroud is all about, and allow Stroud to begin learning about you. During the Information Session, we collect the first two data points of your ability: one from your resume and one through an Analytical Reasoning Test.  In North America, this test is offered at the Information Sessions, in Europe, they are scheduled separately.  In both cases, taking this test is a required step in the application process.  

Key Takeaways:

  • You need to come to an Information Session.
  • We need your resume. Submit your resume through your school’s career website, and bring a hard copy to the information session you attend.
  • You must complete the analytical reasoning test, and you don’t need to study for it.

Tips: Is your resume Stroud-ready?

In the resume, we’re looking for candidates who have analytical ability, leadership, passion, commitment, and alignment with the type of work we do at Stroud.  Remember, your resume is our introduction to you.

  • Use a consistent name throughout the process. If you go by multiple names, ensure the name on your resume matches the name on your information session sign-in.
  • Include your GPA. We assume no GPA is a low GPA, likely much lower than it really is.
  • We want to understand the impacts you’ve made in your experiences and leadership roles. Be clear what results you achieved and how you grew, and make your commitment known in terms of time and involvement.
  • List your foreign languages, especially when applying to the London office.

First Round Interviews

Successful candidates based on their resume and aptitude test scores will be invited to a First Round Interview.  The goal of First Round Interviews is to get to know you, and assess abilities beyond your resume and test score.  This is a brief (typically 15 minutes) behavioral interview—no cases.  Dress is business casual.

Key Takeaways:

  • Know yourself. We want to understand the real you: your strengths, achievements, and your areas to improve.
  • Understand why you fit with Stroud. We’re looking for our next co-workers, so come prepared to discuss examples of how your experiences align with what we look for, and why Stroud fits your career goals.
  • Be excited! Being invited to an interview means we’re interested in you, so help us get excited about you by bringing your energy and letting your passions shine through.

Tips: First Round Interviews

  • Reflect on how your interests and experiences relate to what Stroud looks for. This will help us get excited about you, and help you share what you’re passionate about.
  • Smile. For many this will be our first experience meeting you, so make a great first impression.
  • Be open, honest, and real. Don’t try to “spin” your weaknesses as strengths. We’re looking for people excited about improving real development areas – a key part of how each of us grows at Stroud.

Second Round Interviews

Successful first round candidates will be invited to Second Round Interviews, a two-part session devoted to applying your abilities to solve real problems. Expect a combination of individual analysis, group case studies, and presentations, with a successful morning performance leading to an invitation to the afternoon session. Dress is business casual.

Key Takeaways:

  • Expect to be challenged. Our goal is to put you through your paces, with a focus on leadership, reasoning, and problem solving. Past candidates describe these interviews as fast-paced, challenging, and fun.
  • Show us your stuff. This is our opportunity to understand how you think, and how you work with others. Come excited and ready to participate.

Tips: Second Round Interviews

  • We’re looking for logical thinking and structure, not prescribed responses.  Preparing to explain your thought process will be more valuable than memorizing traditional case-study best answers.
  • Don’t let one set-back upset your entire day. If you struggle, move on to the next piece and focus on doing your best.
  • Ask questions if you’re unsure. We want to see how you think and apply skills, not how you interpret instructions.
  • Get to know any new Stroud interviewers. The better we know you, the more we can be excited about you. 
  • When in groups, we are not just looking for the loudest person.  "True leaders understand how to best serve the people in their group" and success doesn’t just mean dominating the conversation.
  • Use this time to think about what you enjoy and how the job “fits” you – we want you to successfully find a job you’ll be passionate about.

Final Interviews

Candidates demonstrating they have strong abilities and can apply them will be invited to the Final Interviews to answer any remaining questions—for you or for Stroud.  This is also time to further explore whether Stroud fits within your broader career goals.  Final interviews are with one or two members of Stroud’s Leadership Team.  Dress is business casual.

Key Takeaway:

This is it. Make sure you’ve shown every reason we should be excited about working with you, and that any remaining questions you have get answered.

Tips: Final Interviews

Be open and honest with your career and personal goals. We want you to choose the career path that’s best for you, whether that includes Stroud or not.
Candidates receiving offers will be invited to visit one of our offices where you can meet our entire team and experience our culture first-hand.

A note on the dress code:

Throughout the recruiting process, we’ll be looking to determine if we would be comfortable sending you to a client site and professional appearance is an important factor in that decision. The dress code for the recruiting process is business casual.