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Just interviewed a potential resource (level 9 consultant) for a role on my project. Client was present and noticed the person was very likely being coached during the interview. My Sr Mgr and I...

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Seriously tho, no I don't think it is something that needs to be raised. They did not have the skills but probably still wanted to try. I agree that it really is the fault of you all for putting him in front of a client before you were truly comfortable. The point of the interview is to assess the skills which weren't present, interviewing was successful in that instance because you won't have someone on who does not know the work. But you all should have vetted better. Don't put it on the interviewee.

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PWC3: the reason why there is an assumption that this was a person gunning for an H1B visa is the fact that many of us have encountered exactly this in that kind of situation. I've had people try to skate by while googling, having another person stand in for them on a phone screen, or getting coaching via text. Every time...every single time...they were offshore resources looking to come to the US. The assumption on the part of all these people is likely based on the statistical result of their own experiences.

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That's not coaching it's cheating

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Amateur hour. They should have been IMing the answers instead

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Hahaha this reminds me of the episode in spongebob where he’s passing the driving test with Patrick on the walkie talkie

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Was there an internal interview conducted prior to the client interview to gauge skills and experience? I’m wondering why the client was involved without properly vetting the potential resource first

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Coached during the interview? Can you elaborate?

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Wow that's really bad. I would escalate to his management and let your own manager know. Perhaps the client could be informed of those steps to ensure them that that isn't the quality accenture expected of their resources or something.

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Why is there an assumption that this person is an immigrant or on a work visa. Amazed how entitled people like pigeonhole a whole group of people (H1B) into category (underpaid, frauds,etc.). There are rotten eggs everywhere. Just need to find them, toss them out, and move on

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Just onboard the person who was "coaching him". You will get your skilled resource :D

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Any time we'd ask a question, there would be a pause or an ask to repeat, and we could hear a faint voice in the background. It seemed as if someone else was feeding him answers to the questions. This happened a lot.

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Yeah I would absolutely escalate. That’s embarrassing all around!

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Should avoid this in future by doing own due diligence on the person and interviewing them yourself first. Then if you think they’re qualified, clearing them to have an interview with the client

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I have no clue what occurred here

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Hi Andrew.

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Sorry if it wasn't clear, McK1. I hate typing long diatribes on my phone. I'm Accenture FTE looking to hire another resource for my project. I identified another Accenture FTE as a potential candidate, screened him myself and determined his skills to be subpar for the role. I communicated this opinion to my Accenture SM on the project, but he told me to schedule a client facing interview regardless. That interview occurred today with myself and 3 client representatives in the room. The candidate was on the phone. Everytime we asked him a challenging question, there was a pause, whispering in the background, and often a request from him for us to repeat the question. One of the client reps, who has a lot of experience interviewing people who cheat, noticed very quickly that this sounded like yet another example of someone cheating on an interview. He asked a few more questions to verify his suspicion and was convinced the candidate was cheating. We ended the interview, then myself and my Accenture SM got to explain to the client SM what had happened. We got grilled for not vetting this person enough and now I'm curious if I should follow up with the candidate's CC and perhaps MD (who coincidentally is my MD as well) to report this. Our trust and brand was most certainly damaged in our client's eyes because of this. Make sense?

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Sounds like your SM is at fault for recommending him to go in front of the client. This is embarrassing...

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Id call them back unannounced and ask them other interview questions to see what happens.

Depending on how they answer would determine if i contact their resource mgr

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LMAO Director 1 what??? "Its OP's fault the candidate cheated on his interview" is basically your argument. I'm dead

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You know OP I was being snarky but kudos to you for delivering the whole story again! It actually was much more clear

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But it is quite typical of how overseas resources try to get here...

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