My initial telephone interview was conducted by a member of their recruitment team and lasted for around 30 minutes. During this time, I was asked to discuss what I understood about the company and the role I had applied for, asked why I had applied (with reference to any relevant experience or proven interests), asked about my degree and what I had enjoyed about it, and finally asked a couple of competency based questions, regarding working in a team and discussing a time when I had been faced with a difficult work colleague. Finally, I was asked to ask any questions I had.
Most difficult question
The company value individuality and a bubbly personality - try to remain positive and upbeat throughout the day, and be prepared to be adaptable in case someone pips you to the post to lead the group exercise. Someone did that to me so I quickly piped up and said I'd record what was said so we could present more effectively at the end.
Experiences at the assessment centre
The whole day lasted about 6 hours, and involved lunch and some chance to chat to current graduates.
- Group / Panel
- Senior Management
- Verbal reasoning
- Assessment centre
- Group exercise
- Background check
- Competency based questions