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  • IT Service Management Graduate Scheme

    4.7143/5 | Interview date: June 2019 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Computing & IT

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    There are 3 interviews in total: a telephone interview with the recruiter (they are responsible for selecting and onboarding newcomers); 2 face-face interviews during the assessment centre one with the account manager and one with the trainer.

    The telephone interview was to determine my suitability for the graduate scheme with the 2 years contract. They will ask about your capabilities to determine your suitability for that particular graduate scheme pathway, I applied for both Project Support and IT Service Management so they asked me on which path I would prefer more. I consulted with them on both and since I had some experience in coding we decided IT Service Management would be more suitable for me.

    They also asked other basic questions to determine my suitability, previous work experience, why do I want to apply for FDM, why a career in IT field and so on. They also explained about the 2 years contract and what they expect from you during that time. If everything is ok, they will go on to invite you to the assessment centre and give more information on that.

    Most difficult question

    At the face to face interview, I was asked to explain how I fit into the core values of FDM. This gave me pause as I blanked out on their core values for a few seconds.

    They also asked what recent development in IT that interested me and that I found out more about.

    Interview tips

    Prepare for the Assessment Centre by researching about FDM and the IT field, also try some free online logic tests and math tests to brush up on your speed and logical thinking abilities.

    Interact with the recruiter and the interviewers during the assessment centre without becoming obnoxious. Raise a hand if you need to ask a question, be friendly with the other candidates in the assessment centre. You will not be competing with each other as they are probably applying for different pathways as well.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The assessment centre consisted of a sharing session with the recruiter, she explained in detail about the opportunity and the training provided to new graduates. The clients that they have in their portfolio (mainly MNCs like Standard Chartered, GSK etc.) An HR person also came in to explain about the company, their benefits, support and opportunities provided to their employees.

    Next were the tests, about 2.5 hours long together. It consisted of an Aptitude test, Set Notation test and a Math test.
    Aptitude test (1 hr)- mainly logic questions and a couple of questions on codes (they will give a few lines of code and you will be asked to find out what the final result will be, basic C knowledge is enough for this)
    Set Notation test (1hr)- A booklet with the set notation rules and theory are given for your reference. I found this the most difficult as it needs you to decipher convoluted set notations and Venn diagrams. You need to think very logically to get the correct answers.
    Math Test (15min)- Mental arithmetic test where you need to answer 21 questions in 15 mins. Ensure your math multiplication tables, long division are at the top of your head as no calculators are allowed. You are given white papers to calculate on. The questions aren't difficult but the difficulty is in ensuring you are not making errors in calculations and to finish within the time limit

    Finally is the Interview section, 2 interviews one with the Account Manager and one with the Trainer. The one with the account manager was more on the correct fit while the one with the trainer is more on your technical capabilities. They will ask about your career plan, how you will fit into FDM and your previous experiences and so on.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 4/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Graduate International Business Manager

    5.0/5 | Interview date: May 2019 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Computing & IT

    Difficulty rating 80.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The interview took place at the company's London office, with a senior service manager and a current graduate. The questions were many based on my knowledge of the company, the role and my CV. It was especially important to have an in-depth knowledge of what the company does and competency-based examples taken from elements of your CV.

    Most difficult question

    Can you give an example for your CV of when you have displayed our Company's values?

    Interview tips

    Show confidence in your interview, it will go a long way. For the assessment center, the day is well organised and nothing out of the ordinary, it's just as much about working out if you want to work for ComputaCenter as them deciding to give you a job and be your best self.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The assessment centre was over two days, an evening dinner with assessors and graduates with a hotel stay close to the HQ. The morning involved various group and individual exercises with the afternoon involving a presentation, panel interview and a test. Generally, the day was relaxed and you got the feeling that those assessing you genuinely wanted you to do the best possible, everyone was approachable and understanding. There were between 10 - 12 candidates over two days.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Junior Consultant

    4.7143/5 | Interview date: February 2019 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Computing & IT

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    Everyone involved in the recruitment process was very friendly; they didn't give any prompts when asking a question though. It was clear that everyone I spoke to enjoys working for the company which was nice to see. The video interview was focused on my motivation behind applying, the telephone interview was lots of info about the scheme and the assessment day was focused on finding out more about company culture and them seeing if I was a good cultural fit and had an aptitude for technology, even though I did not come from a Techy background.

    Most difficult question

    Do you think of yourself as a resilient person? Can you provide an example in which you have demonstrated resilience?

    Interview tips

    Be yourself, they seem to value honesty and personality. Being a consultancy, I know that they are not only looking for the 'hands on' skills but also a good culture/personality fit, someone that would feel comfortable working in a team.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    There were 2 tests - one multiple choice maths and a technical aptitude test. I had an interview with two managers and spent some time with the Graduate Scheme team too. I was introduced to people currently in the middle of the Graduate Scheme. The day was down to earth and friendly, I learned a lot about the company.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 4/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Product Support Specialist

    5.0/5 | Interview date: January 2019 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Computing & IT

    Difficulty rating 80.0 / 100

    Interview process

    Applied online, was contacted by a member of the team fairly quickly to arrange interview. There were 2 interviewers both very friendly, was very concise and straight to the point. Numerous questions asked from both people with regards to myself, past employment and skills I possess. Overall experience was very good.

    Most difficult question

    The most difficult question was with regards to the problem solving question. Was very confusing to understand at first, but was later explained by the interviewers.

    Interview tips

    If selected to the interview stage then keep calm, stay relaxed and try not to over-work yourself. Make sure you have studied the company before hand to understand their views and values, as this is key.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The outside of the building was very nice and professional. Was easy to find as was clearly sign posted. On-site parking made the travel smoother. The assessment centre was very welcoming and helpful. Nice spacious sitting area with TV and magazines.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Business Consultant - FDM Graduate Programme

    4.5714/5 | Interview date: December 2018 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Computing & IT

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The phone interview took 15 minutes asking questions such as why you want to work in the IT industry; what attracts you to FDM group; and general questions to gain a quick insight into basic competencies to assess your suitability for FDM.

    If you were successful you would be invited to an assessment centre which included 3 separate tests and 2 interviews. The interviews revolved around 3 specific themes: FDM and the IT industry; your degree and career history; professional and personal motivations

    The 1st interview was with the account manager of Hong Kong (Held over Skype), which was used to assess my knowledge in general topics within project management as well as my competencies.

    Whilst the 2nd interview was with face-to face with a UK manager. This was a very relaxed conversational approach towards the interview that felt like they genuinely wanted to get to know me on a more personal level with regards to the themes describled above

    Most difficult question

    What are the most important issues the IT industry is currently facing?
    What is the reason for the current oil prices for hitting its current all time low (This question was a real curveball)

    Interview tips

    To prepare for the tests, you can use google to help to find suitable resources to ensure you are well prepared.
    As for the interviews, I would recommend researching their company as best as possible using a SWOT analysis to gain a general background of the company as well as opportunities and threats that can affect the IT industry.
    Read up on top news stories within current affairs as a few curveballs could be thrown into the mix.
    And most importantly BE POSITIVE!!

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Within the assessment centre we were asked to perform 3 tests:
    Numerical (30 minutes) - which included basic arithmetic maths
    Basic IT aptitude test (60 minutes) - this included situational questions, logical and verbal reasoning, as well as some basic programming questions
    Venn diagram test (60 minutes)
    For the most part these tests aren't too difficult as long as you spend a minimum of 2-3 days preparing for them to familiarise yourself with the terminology as well as how the questions are asked, though its important to note they are a tad tricky.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 4/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Networking and infrastructure graduate scheme

    3.7143/5 | Interview date: December 2018 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Computing & IT

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    Telephone interview is a competency based interview which lasts about 40 min and STARR format answers are expected. The interview is with the HR and it has a feeling of a speaking to a secretary. No emotions just writing down what you are saying so if you are excited to work for the company you have to say it as it will not be deducted from your tone.

    First part of the interview is about your excitement towards Atos "Why Atos"
    In this question you are expected to show that yo have prepared for the interview and that you know a lot about the company, and also very important how does Atos is different from other companies.


    Second question is "Why you?" So what makes you the good candidate for Atos, how you gonna fit within this company. Again show your research reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation and how you have them too.

    Third question is "What do you like about the graduate scheme you have chosen?" Here show that you know how the scheme looks like what does it offer and that you know a lot about the position you are going for.

    Next part is about the team working. The question is "Tell me about the time when you worked in a team and one of the members was not cooperating as much as team would like him to". STARR format here is very important specially at the end to show WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED? and reflection on WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE NEXT TIME IF YOU HAD THE SAME SITUATION? Show your team working skills here.

    Fourth part is about diversity. "Tell me about the time when you changed the way you work" STARR format showing your ability to adapt easily to changing environment or situation. What you have learned and what would you change are very important. If you will not say it yourself, interviewer will ask you these questions anyway. But wouldn't it be good to impress?

    Other parts of the interview are about you, if you have been away for longer than 6months in last 5years, do you need visa to work, is any location ok for you to work and things like that.

    Most difficult question

    "Tell me about the time when you changed the way you work"

    Interview tips

    Prepare good for the interview. You are expected to be prepared for the telephone interview just like it would be a one to one. Remember your STARR format especially Results, Reflection part!

    Atos interviews are designed to allow candidates
    the opportunity to show evidence of certain key
    competencies, some of which are detailed below:-

    Team Work ??? assesses candidates??? ability to work
    co-operatively with others to achieve a common goal.

    Business Motivation and Expectations ??? assesses
    candidates??? commitment to a career in their chosen
    business area.

    Adaptability ??? assesses candidates??? ability to respond
    positively to changing environments.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Design a plan for moving a company from building to building. Including builders work needed to be done and machines, servers move.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 3/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 2/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 1/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • IT Support Engineer

    3.7143/5 | Interview date: November 2018 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Computing & IT

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    It was a verbal interview consisting of all the common questions they ask in an interview, like:
    -Tell us about your background, studies and experience.
    -Why are you interested in joining us?
    -What skills do you have to offer?
    -Why do you consider yourself able of such a role?
    -Would you be able to work in an industrial environment?
    -What do you think of our company?
    -Would you be able to work if called overnight?
    -Are you able to communicate, understand and be patient with people who work here and have no or limited education?
    -What do you imagine would you be doing here?
    -How good are your programming skills?

    Most difficult question

    Tell us in one sentence why should we choose you. I was just not ready for a short answer.

    Interview tips

    Be yourself, the company has a friendly environment and that makes you not to be so stressed up.
    No special preparation is needed in the first stage, but in the second(interview) stage you should go really prepared and be sure that you are able to answer in depth all the typical questions they ask in each interview and I described above.
    Don't be afraid to ask any questions you might have. They are good people.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    There were 2 group tasks, and one individual. In the first group task they split us into 3 teams consisting of 6-8 people each. We were given some wooden pieces which if place properly on the ground they would create a pattern of boxes. The task was after team discussion and practice to figure out to create the pattern as fast as possible. Our team was much better than the others and after completing the task they asked members of our team to show the other teams how we did it.

    In the 2nd task we were 2 teams of 10 people and we sat on a table with 3 senior managers. We were given 3-4 cards each which contain a piece of information. We were only allowed to read the cards but not show them to the other candidates. The task was to discuss about what information each had and find a solution to a problem they gave to us. Mathematics had to be used.

    At the end there was an individual task, to write a covering letter after all the information we got during the assessment day and why would we be interested to join the company.

    I personally proceeded to the next and final stage of 10 people. We were invited for a tour in the company and they had us interviewed by a group of people, 2 senior managers and 3 employees. Out of 10 they hired 5 people and I was not one of them.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 3/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 3/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 4/5
  • Graduate Cyber Security

    5.0/5 | Interview date: November 2018 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Computing & IT

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The video interview experience was very good. Vodafone provided video link to use on different platform so that students can use on their choices. There was a practice question that is directly related to later interview questions. You can practice as many as you can so that you can perfect your pitch. This practice will ensure you are doing everything correct. Things like fixing front camera to its best, smiling, sound level after replaying recorded video.
    Before video interview, ensure you have researched the company from your application perspective. This brings huge knowledge before doing interview.

    Most difficult question

    "What do you think about new innovation that has to be brought using technologies?" This is not accurate question. Anyway, you can talk about missing technologies around your surrounding. Let say if there is no secure Wifi public connection then what would you do to make sure your information are protected from unauthorised access? Thus is a task you do by yourself and there is possibilities of of doing innovative way.

    Interview tips

    Use STAR technique while answering video interview questions. This technique will cover Situation, Task, Action and Result. Always be loud and clear. Bring pragmatic approach. And know their culture and values.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    I am still waiting for video interview resul.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Technology Graduate Programme

    4.8571/5 | Interview date: November 2018 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Computing & IT

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    Once I was successful in the application I was invited to book my interview date online, this was all very professional and convenient, I chose my slot.

    The first round of interviews consisted of a Problem Solving based test, Goldman Sachs (GS) were more interested in how you attempted to solve the problem, rather than the right answer. We had 30 minutes to complete the test. The only negative is that we weren't given a clock in the room! There were three questions.

    The second stage was to discuss our test results with a member of the technology team, we had thirty minutes to explain all our answers, and in my case, attempt to answer question three out loud - as I didn't have time in the test!

    After that interview we had another 30 minute interview, this was basic competencies such as "Why Goldman Sachs", "Tell me a time when you've.."

    I was told we would receive a response within 24 hours.

    72 hours later, I had not received a response, I phoned head office and asked them to put me through to the Graduate Recruitment Officer (I quoted her name, but hidden on here for obvious reasons), and I asked her directly.

    Whether it was this ballsy attitude that got me to the final round stages, I'll never know.

    The final round interview consisted of one competency based interview, one technical interview, in my case it was about time complexity.

    Most difficult question

    Technical interview on time-complexity and some programming based questions.

    Interview tips

    Do your homework on the company, this is one of the toughest selection processes for any graduate job due to the extreme competition. You are also being judged from the moment you walk into the building, be yourself and don't be nervous.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    N/A

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Application Support

    3.1429/5 | Interview date: October 2018 | Job offer? No |

    Was this helpful? Yes

    Sectors: Computing & IT

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    I had a phone interview asked about real life examples of what I can do. Success in a phone interview led me to Panel interview which consists of the team I supposed to work with.
    The Panel interview was divided into 4 sessions; the first one was introducing myself and PowerPoint presentation about how I got to the IT field. The second was technical questions of the kind ' What do you know about?'.
    The third session was questioned about my CV and my Personal abilities, such as What did you study in that and this? Talk to me about your experience on that and this. Tell me about a situation when you took a lead, impress your boss, feeling uncomfortable in the work environment... etc..
    The fourth session was a written test on the subject I suppose to work on.
    All in all it took about an hour.

    Most difficult question

    The personal ability and situation questions were really the trickiest part. You have no idea what the ideal answer to some of them.

    Interview tips

    - Prepare a good presentation.
    - Study and review your technical subject.
    - Dress smart.
    - Give enough time to arrive early.
    - Trust yourself and your abilities even if you don't know the answer.
    - Do a research about the company you are going to interview for.
    - Smile.
    - Stay Positive.
    - Read a lot of regular interview questions in your field.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    - Prepare a presentation.
    - A written test on the job related subject.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 3/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 3/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 3/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 3/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 3/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 3/5

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