The Co-operative Group Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Finance Graduate Programme - The Co-operative

    4.5714/5 | Interview date: September 2014 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Finance

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The interview was by telephone with one of their recruitment team and lasted about 30 minutes. We talked initially about why I had applied for the role, what I knew about the company and why I was particularly interested in finance at the Co-operative Bank.
    The rest of the interview was to test for competencies in the following areas: leading and supervising, relating and networking, coping with pressures and setbacks, and overall ability to communicate. In each of the areas, I had to give specific examples from my work, university or extra-curricular activities that showed my ability in that area.

    Most difficult question

    What was it, in particular, that I did to prove that my boss should give me extra responsibility at work.

    Interview tips

    Make sure you are well prepared for your competency questions and be able to get across your passion for finance and have a clear rationale for why you are applying.
    Do your research on the company - it's always good to be able to tie one of their company beliefs with something you are also interested in.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Can't help with this one - I don't know whether I've reached the assessment centre or not yet.

    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

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