Allegis Group - Graduate recruiter Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Graduate recruiter

    4.4286/5 | Interview date: July 2015 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Recruitment

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    Communication: Initial contact with the interviewer was via email after I had shown interest in the role a couple of weeks beforehand. I was then contacted by the recruiter who had viewed my CV and wanted to know whether recruitment was a career that I wanted to pursue. At the time I did not know a whole lot about recruiting. However, I said that I hadn't ruled it out and would research the role thoroughly and reply within the next working day if I would like to start the interview process officially.

    Commute: On the day of the interview I woke up and got the earlier train to ensure that I was there on time (11 a.m). The journey itself took about an hour and a half but while commuting I made sure to think about whether this journey would be manageable on a daily basis (both time and cost of travelling)

    The interview: I was met by a lovely employee who was very welcoming who escorted me to the conference room where the one on one meeting was held. She made a brief introduction of herself and her role in the company (She had only been working for 9 months herself). She then went on to ask about my education; grades, extra-curricular activities etc. After noticing a slight dip in grades in comparison to my others she very politely asked if there was a reason for this. I briefly told her of some personal matters that had affected my grades in my first year of college (to which she completely understood). Fortunately these discrepancies were dwarfed by my university grades and overall result. She then focused on my work history in chronological order and asked about the skills that I had attained in each job. I replied to what I thought that they would like to hear as a recruitment agency e.g. good customer service skills, time management, multitasking and building professional relationships.After she was satisfied with looking at my CV she was very sure to tell me about the workload and the stress that can come with the job. After doing my research previously I was already aware of the extremely competitive nature in the recruitment business so was not deterred by her warnings and understood that she had to make sure that I was not going to quit at the first sign of trouble.

    The whole interview lasted approximately 30 minutes and was rounded off with her asking whether I had any questions to which I replied with my usual pre-prepared list of (what is the day to day life like?, what have people gone on to accomplish after this role etc.) After giving very detailed and insightful answers I was told that the next step would be to come in for a second interview after some more senior staff had a chance to look over my CV with the interviewer to see if I was a suitable candidate to carry on to the next stage of interviews.

    Most difficult question

    Can you describe a scenario in your work that shows you have overcome an obstacle in your work?

    What is your weakest trait?

    Interview tips

    Pre-interview:

    - Know the company and what they do (more specifically what your role would be within the company) You can never do too much research!

    - It's always better to over-dress than under-dress. If you happen to be far more formal than needed all that shows is that you care enough to put in the effort which is never a bad thing

    - Plan your journey! If you don't know the route very well or have to rely on public transport, allow plenty of time in case you get lost/get stuck in traffic/get on the wrong train. Again, showing up early is never a bad sign!

    - Look at your CV and extract skills that you have learnt over both your education and work experience and apply those relevant skills to the job you are applying for

    Interview:

    - Smile and have good posture and if you can, try and make small talk. It means you are relaxed in a work environment and not daunted by meeting new people (which is kind of crucial in a sales career)

    If nothing else, just enjoy yourself. There is always the possibility that you may not get the job. The best thing to do is learn from it (get feedback if you can) and apply it to your future interviews

    As a general tip for every interview it is always a nice touch to send an email to your interviewer after the interview (probably not as soon as you leave the door) saying thank you for their time and that you're looking forward to hearing from them.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

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    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? 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? 3/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5

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