The Recruitment Process
We invest tremendous efforts in selecting the most suitable candidates through an open and adapted ‘personalized’ recruiting process for each candidate. The extensive process has two objectives: it enables us to assess your personal character, capabilities and skills, and it enables you to gain a thorough understanding of who we are, what we do, and the types of challenges you will encounter as a member of the Shaldor team.
We recruit throughout the year. The process takes approximately 6 weeks overall, and is comprised of a few stages:
- CV submission (including standardized-tests scores and GPA) – this can be done through the online application form
- Written Exam – a written business case, based on recent projects done in Shaldor; the exam includes open-questions only, allowing us to examine candidates’ logic and way of thinking, and not just final answer
- 4 interviews in 2-3 rounds – the interviews, by consultants and managers at Shaldor, include each a personal conversation and solving an analytical/business case
- Group business case – which allows us to examine candidates skills, character and thinking process in a group (which is the basic way in which a consultant in Shaldor work)
- Final interview
Following completion of the entire process with distinction, you will be invited to join Shaldor.
Written Exam Preparation
The written exam is adjusted to candidates from all backgrounds. Thus, no prior business knowledge is required.
However, in order to test candidates at their best, we have compiled a kit of fictional cases to help you prepare for your exam. These cases are inspired by recent projects from the last few years and reflect typical business problems you may encounter at Shaldor as a consultant.
Interviews include discussion of your individual background and of business cases.
A critical component of the interview involves discussing a business or analytical case. These cases reflect our day-to-day work and involve the kinds of issues and challenges we face. We are not looking to test you on specific business knowledge nor are we looking for a particular specific answer to a given situation. Rather, we are interested in experiencing your ability to think about and structure a logical and coherent approach to solving a business problem.
Interviews at Shaldor are considered by candidates to be different and more challenging than the ‘usual’ business case, and there is no way to prepare exactly to the ‘typical’ Shaldor case – as there is no such a thing. Yet, we have found that a basic familiarity with business cases, market-sizing problems, etc., removes some of the ‘surprise factor’, and makes it easier for us to learn about your skills, strengths and talents.
While there are no set rules on how to solve a case, we encourage you to ask questions, listen carefully, and present your thinking in a clear, logical manner. It will also ensure that you learn more about us and the work we do, how our company works and who we are.
Frequently Asked Questions
What constitutes a typical day at work for a consultant?
There is no such thing as a "typical day" for a consultant at Shaldor. The work is very dynamic and depends on the type and current stage of the project. Assignments for beginning consultants include: fact-finding, research and analysis of markets and trends; interviews with industry experts; presentation of findings and insights to clients; building economic and financial models; and internal brain-storming sessions.
How many individuals does Shaldor recruit each year?
We do not have a limit for the number of individuals we recruit each year. Every candidate that has the capabilities and requirements we seek will be recruited. From our experience, we usually identify between 7-10 candidates a year that fit our unique requirements.
What are the academic and professional backgrounds of Shaldor's consultants?
Shaldor consultants possess a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds. In terms of academics, Shaldor consultants come primarily but not solely from business management or science / engineering backgrounds, and we are open to distinctive candidates with legal or humanities backgrounds. The common characteristics among Shaldor consultants include strong analytical abilities, leadership potential, interpersonal skills and a record of distinct achievement.
Does Shaldor have a job opening for students?
We offer students a two-month summer internship position prior to the last year of their studies. This enables the selected individuals to get a taste of the business world in general, and the fascinating world of strategic consulting in particular.
How long do client engagements typically last?
Our projects typically last from two to six months.
Are consultants expected to work on multiple projects simultaneously?
Business analysts and beginning consultants work on only one project at a time. Senior consultants may find themselves working on multiple client projects and internal Shaldor organizational development efforts.