Buchanan Search Limited - Graduate Executive Search Consultant Interview Questions & Answers
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Graduate Executive Search Consultant
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Interview processApplied 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 questionWhy haven't you found a full time job yet as you graduated in June?
Interview tipsYou 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 centreThere was no assessment centre - was told that the company didn't run an assessment day as it becomes more of a "shouting match".
- Group / Panel
- Senior Management
- Verbal reasoning
- Assessment centre
- Group excercise
- Background check
- Competency based questions
I was invited to come in for an interview following an initial phone screening process. The intervie
There was an initial phone interview, which I wasn't aware of as I only rang back for further detail
The initial telephone interview was very brief, and asked a standard set of questions: Why Recruitme
After applying for the recruitment consultant position online, I received a telephone call a few wee
Obviously, as with any other company, the first thing I have done was to send my CV and cover Letter
Initial telephone interview lasted about 20 minutes with one of the higher ups in the graduate recru
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