Recruitment Interview Questions

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  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    2.5714/5 | Interview date: September 2018 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Recruitment

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    It was really laid back and more of a chat about my expereinces rather than an interview. She informed me the second stage included a elevator pitch and competency questions, however even that would be laid back. I felt at ease with the interviewer, as if I was having a chat talking about my past roles and my study year abroad.

    Most difficult question

    If you could choose any job role, which would you choose?

    Interview tips

    If your applying for a trainee office role, dont assume they will hire you and train you, they are still looking for previous experiences in individuals therefore making it more difficult to be successful if you havent got this.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    There was no assessment centre in this interview.

    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? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 1/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 2/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 2/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 3/5
  • Associate Recruitment Consultant

    5.0/5 | Interview date: June 2018 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Recruitment

    Difficulty rating 100.0 / 100

    Interview process

    I had to do a telephone interview, why do you want to work in recruitment and Hays. Then Face-to-Face similar with roles plays. I also did an assessment centre we did selling role plays like sell a candidate to a client, like what is good about them, why and i had to go into detail in a mock face-to-face meeting.

    Most difficult question

    Assessment centre role plays were difficult, take your time.

    Interview tips

    Really think about what is being asked. The internal recruiter gives lots of information and clues out on the way and if you are listening you should be able to provide good answers. Ask open questions to get more information out of the recruiters.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Hard but gives a good insight into recruitment

    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
  • New York Transfer Scheme Recruitment Consultant

    4.1429/5 | Interview date: June 2018 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Recruitment

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    After an initial phone interview, I was invited to their offices near Monument. There were questions about my CV and what I thought I could bring to the role. I then met with other senior figures within the company who asked general questions about my work background. The whole day was really informative, I was left with no questions about the role and as someone who has had few formal interviews, it was great experience for potential future interviews.

    Most difficult question

    Where do you see yourself in the next three to five years?

    Interview tips

    I would advise anyone going for this role or something similar in recruitment that the role itself is not necessarily important. Recruiters will try and offer you other positions that are available, so remain firm on the position you applied for if that is the one you really want.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    No Assessment Centre

    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? 4/5
    • 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? 4/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 4/5
  • Recruitment consultant

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

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    Sectors: Recruitment

    Difficulty rating 80.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The telephone interview made me feel very welcome, the recruiter made me feel as if I was able to talk about anything with her. She gave me a breakdown of the company but asked me questions throughout and explained I just had to be myself and I had more of a chance.
    The workshop assessment itself however was very hard but very educational. Put us through the right practical tests in order to teach us but also to test us and see our true personalities.

    Most difficult question

    Sell someone. We had to sell another candidate who was in the assessment centre alongside us. We had 2 minutes to plan and then present, this was very difficult and involved you needing to think on your feet.

    Interview tips

    Be yourself, they love it. It’s not a place where you need to put up a front or be someone you aren’t. The more your personality shined through, the better your chances are. Make sure you’re prepared, understand why you want it, be ready to sell yourself and explain your motivations and what really makes you tick!

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    There was a small group so they were able to focus more on us. The staff were very friendly, staff were in and out all day and we got to meet a variety of different people. Absolutely lovely individuals working there. Our tasks were to sell our fellow candidate, sell ourselves, interview the director and then have 1-1 interviews.

    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
  • Sunday Times Top 100 Graduate Scheme

    1.2857/5 | Interview date: April 2018 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Recruitment

    Difficulty rating 20.0 / 100

    Interview process

    I arrived at the offices in London for a face to face interview for what I thought was a job with Buchanan Search. However it soon turned out that there wasn't actually a specific role I was applying for and in fact it wouldn't be with Buchanan Search at all. They were interviewing me to see if I would fit any roles that their current clients needed filling.
    I was asked about my work history and my reasons for applying for this "job". I was asked how people might recruit candidates in this sector and how they might find a new client to work with. I was also asked how much money was a motivating factor in my choice of jobs. I didn't have to perform any tasks. The interviewer mainly boasted about how brilliant his company was and was very patronising.

    Most difficult question

    I found all of the questions hard to answer once I realised that they were not based on one specific job. I was very confused as to why I wasn't being asked about myself and my work ethic.

    Interview tips

    Do not apply for this role if you are expecting to be interviewed for a graduate scheme role within the company Buchanan Search. They are interviewing you to see if they would like to put you forward for other roles within their clients companies. They are not interviewing you to work for them. If you are looking for a recruitment company to have you as a candidate on their books then this is right for you.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The offices were very modern and clean. I was interviewed in a meeting room, just me and the interviewer. The interview lasted barely 20 minutes.

    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? 1/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 3/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 1/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 1/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 1/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 1/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 1/5
  • Graduate Executive Search Consultant

    2.0/5 | Interview date: November 2017 | Job offer? Yes but declined |

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    Sectors: Recruitment

    Difficulty rating 80.0 / 100

    Interview process

    Applied online by sending my CV, about three days later I received a call and had a telephone interview. I was asked questions such as why I applied for this particular position, and what I had been doing since I graduated in June. I was also asked to describe a time where I demonstrated a strong work ethic and resilience as these are key characteristics of someone suitable for this role. At the end of the telephone call I was told that Buchanan Sachs didn’t hold assessment centre days and that I was invited to attend a face-to-face interview which would be two days after.

    The face-to-face interview was very interesting and lasted about an hour and a half. I was surprised that I was not asked about my knowledge of the company at all, mainly about what other jobs I have applied to and whether I was competitive or not. I was also asked to describe what I would do in certain situations that I may find myself in, such as trying to get through to a director of a potential client on the phone. I was told from the onset that none of the other jobs I had applied to would be able to compete with the commission structure offered by this role. My interviewer was also trying to convince me that I would be more suited to a recruitment consultant role rather than an executive search consultant role – to which I disagreed as all my previous work experience was in fact in research (I wasn’t sure if they were only looking for recruitment consultants). The commissions structure of the company was also explained to me and I also discovered that the basic salary advertised was a lot higher than the one I would be offered.

    The meeting concluded with an offer of arranging interviews with 4/5 directors of companies that same week for a recruitment consultant role not for an executive search consultant role. I was told that I had two hours to decide whether to proceed or not. I was also advised that these directors would try to deter me from wanting to be a recruitment consultant which I thought was rather strange. I decided not to take up the offer as there were some inconsistencies in the interview and I didn’t want to lie about wanting to become a recruitment consultant as this was not the role I wanted or applied for.

    Most difficult question

    Why haven't you found a full time job yet as you graduated in June?

    Interview tips

    You have to be extremely money motived - basically you're sole reason for applying for such a role and talk about this throughout the entire interview.
    Also have to be prepared to have a low basic salary and rely on commission.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    There was no assessment centre - was told that the company didn't run an assessment day as it becomes more of a "shouting match".

    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? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 1/5
    • 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? 1/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 1/5
  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    4.2857/5 | Interview date: August 2017 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Recruitment

    Difficulty rating 80.0 / 100

    Interview process

    I had an interview with the internal recruiter after my assessment centre. I was asked why I chose their company and if I had applied elsewhere. I came back the following week for a telephone test and a few more interviews with my current manager and then the company director. I was asked about my commitment to the company

    Most difficult question

    Why did I choose recruitment and not stick to a typical chemical engineering job?

    Interview tips

    Come in confident and ready to get stuck into the tasks. Try to quickly learn the names of the other trainees to make the tasks run more smoothly. Be smiley and yourself. Listen to the tasks carefully and keep an eye on the time to make sure you show your great time management skills. The telephone test might seem daunting but just talk on the phone as though you were talking to an old family friend.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    I had an assessment centre with an introductory presentation and individual introductions followed by group tasks. The task I remember the most was pitching a fellow candidate to the rest of the group. Those who got through to the interview stage had an hour after the assessment centre to grab some lunch and then return for an interview.

    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? 4/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 4/5
  • Recruitment Consultant

    4.5714/5 | Interview date: August 2017 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Recruitment

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    I was invited to come in for an interview following an initial phone screening process. The interview was actually very relaxed. As soon as I walked in the man interviewing me was very pleasant and friendly. I was asked a series of questions. These included what my strengths and weaknesses were. He also asked why I wanted to work in recruitment. He further asked where I could see myself in 5 years informing me that the company liked for candidates to have serious goals (such as owning a property). He also asked me situational questions such as examples where I had to be competitive or overcome difficulties. I had to show what sort of skills I had that would be best suited to the role (one of the things I said was that I am a great listener which is good for building relationships). Overall, I felt very confident and relaxed.

    Most difficult question

    "What is your main strength and weakness?" This was a difficult question because you have to figure out a weakness without making yourself seem like any less of an ideal candidate.

    Interview tips

    This company is very interested in a good level of experience. Although I had about a years worth of experience in retail this was cited as the main reason for not being offered the role. I was told that other candidates displayed that they were able to progress onto management roles. Therefore I would advise having a good level of experience before considering applying.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    when I arrived at the office I was met by a friendly receptionist who directed me to sit in the waiting area. After about 10 minutes my interviewer came to meet me. It was a one on one interview so it was just us two. The interview took place in a small room. The interview lasted about 20 minutes conisting of various questions, the most notable of which are mentioned above. It was generally a good experience.

    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? 4/5
    • 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
  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    4.1429/5 | Interview date: July 2017 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Recruitment

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The interview was not as nerve racking as I initially thought it would be. I received a great reception from the interviewer. The questions were pretty straightforward and no trick questions were asked. It was a one to one interview, therefore, you feel a bit more at ease than when other candidates are present. which can sometimes cause you to be tense.

    Most difficult question

    Not difficult, competency based questions. An example will be when was the last time you demonstrated resilience?

    Interview tips

    Stay calm and show interest in the organization so prep in advance and have questions ready to ask them. Also if you didn't understand a question rather than making a mistake just asked the interviewer to repeat it again. Better to answer correctly than not answering it right at all.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    No assessment was carried out on that day.

    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? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 3/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 4/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    4.1429/5 | Interview date: June 2017 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Recruitment

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The interview was conducted over the phone. The company responded to my job application on the date that the application was sent. The individual that I spoke to was very useful because they were very supportive throughout the application process and also went through my CV. They were attentive to my needs, for example the fact that I was working over the summer and they replied immediately after the phone call to arrange a meeting for the interview.

    Most difficult question

    Where do you see yourself in the future, say in two to three years.

    Interview tips

    Phone interview, make sure that before you send a job application that you research the company, so that you know exactly what you're signing up for. This may sound stupid, but make sure that you know that you want this job because it gives you more of an incentive to work for the role.

    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? 4/5
    • 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? 5/5
    • 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? 5/5

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