Graduate Finance Scheme
The initial interview was very much standard, with standard interview questions. Ensure you read the competencies they are looking for before hand, and make sure you come up with at least 2 examples for each.
Most difficult question
Why train with MBDA and not the Big 4? My best advice would be not to slate the Big 4. I said I did not want to be a number rather than a person, and it turns out my interviewer had trained with a Big 4 firm.
Know the industry in which the organisation operates. Do not leave it until the night before to look it up.
Experiences at the assessment centre
The assessment day was split into 4 activities- written exercise, group exercise, presentation and an interview with 2 managers. The written exercise required time management, so my best advice would be to take a watch. My feedback suggested I required further analysis of the topic, however given the time constraints I struggled to see how this was possible. The group exercise was based around allocating a fixed budget to various projects, and why. My best advice here is to fight your corner, and show the examiners that you can argue your idea. The presentation was my pitfall. Ensure you know the company thoroughly and the market in which they operate. This company is within the military industry so I believed it was hard to find information out, however think outside the box. What current activities are going on in the military? Wars etc. The second interview was not much different to the first interview, just with different people. You get given plenty of opportunities to communicate and interact with the other people on the assessment day, and get provided lunch with current graduates.
- Group / Panel
- Senior Management
- Verbal reasoning
- Assessment centre
- Group exercise
- Background check
- Competency based questions