Difficulty Rating


Interview experience







  • Graduate Buyer

    Difficulty Rating


    Interview process

    My initial interview was with a senior member of the buying team I would be working with. During the interview, which lasted around an hour and a half, he brought in other members of the team. I felt this was quite long for a graduate interview, but it was very relaxed, so it wasn't too intense! He began by going through my CV; he wanted to know about my degree, my past work experience, and more about what I was interested in outside of work. He also used the cover letter I wrote to begin to ask more about why I was interested in working in media, and what I thought the job might involve. After these questions, I had to take a numeracy test. They were fairly simple questions, but you only have 15 minutes to complete the test, and I felt quite short of time. I wish I had revised percentage, percentage increase/decrease, and fractions a bit more. Also- make sure you know what the current VAT is!

    I was invited to a second interview- but I had a two week wait between, so I was beginning to give up hope. This was conducted by two more senior directors of the team I would be working with. This interview was much shorter- around 20 minutes. They spoke to me about why I was interested in the job, and asked me a bit about how I thought my work experience might equip me for the role. They told me more about the role at this point, and they wanted to check I would be interested in numerical role.

    Most difficult question

    One of clients is McDonalds, and from your CV I can see you have a social conscience. How do you feel about working with this client?

    How do you feel you would cope when negotiating costs?

    Interview tips

    Revise GCSE maths!

    Make sure you can talk about why you want the job.

    Experiences at the assessment centre


    Interview steps


    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video


    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric


    • Assessment centre
    • Group exercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    How would you rate the pre-attendance information?

    pre-attendance information:

    How well was the interview organised?

    interview organisation:

    What was your overall impression of the organisation?

    overall impression of the organisation:

    What was your overall impression of the selection process?

    selection process:

    Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation?

    overall values / culture:

    Would you recommend this company to a friend?

    would recommend company to a friend:

    Did you want the role following your interview?

    wanted role after interview: