Graduate FastTrack Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Sales

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

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    Sectors: Sales

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    Interview starts with a telephone interview. It’s the typical questions like, why do you think your right for the role ? Name 3 traits that make you good for the role ? What are your strengths and weaknesses? They also go through your CV so you can explain any gaps you might have or relevant skills in sales. If you pass this stage you get invited to the assessment centre. Just be open and honest. They like if you admit you are driven and money motivated. I was told at this stage that the interviewer would be extremely surprised if I attended the assessment centre and was not accepted onto their books.

    Most difficult question

    What is your main weakness?

    I answered with anxiety in trying new things. Which they took as a an acceptable answer.

    Interview tips

    Just try to enjoy it. Speak clearly during the group interview process and try to get your inner sales person across. (They care more about energy and enthusiasm rather than the details of the group exercisies).

    At the Interview stage do not offend the interviewer by overly expressing why you think a job in recruitment is not as good as other sales jobs. Because no matter how much they liked you before that, their ego will get deflated and they won’t take you on.

    Make sure you eat lunch as the whole process took around 4 hours plus with no food break.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    It was arranged to start at 13:00

    We were split into 3 tables with aroud 6 people per table and went through various exercises. The first was a timed exercise about surviving on the moon. (There is a trick to this one). The second was about how to tackle under aged drinking. For the third task we were split into pairs. We had 4 minutes to interview each other and then create a sales pitch that lasted 1 minute on why our partner would be a perfect sales candidate.

    The time now is around 16:00 and we were split into two groups around 8 people were kept to move on to the panel interview stage. I was lucky enough to be called first for my interview which lasted around 20 minutes. You are interviewed by some one new whilst the person that conducted the telephone interview is also in the room. You get asked the same questions you were asked at the telephone interview stage whilst they pick apart your CV. They ask what type of sales your interested in which is where I made a “mistake.” I showed too much passion for media sales which made the interviewer question if I should work in advertising instead of sales. This seemed odd to me as I was simply trying to get across my understanding of the role. Finally the biggest mistake I made was the way I expressed not wanting to work in recruitment and my reasons for this. This is where I should have noted my audience is working in recruitment and not have bashed on their job in front of them.

    It was disappointing to be told no at this stage, not because of lack of drive or passion for sales, but because of offending the interviewers ego about their current job. For a company that seems as though they care about training and improving its candidates this was very disheartening.

    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? 2/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 2/5
    • 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? 5/5
  • Recruiter

    3.7143/5 | Interview date: May 2016 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Recruitment

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The phone interview was relatively simple, they ask questions about your experience and why you want to work in recruitment.

    The interview lasted for around 10 -15 minutes. I was asked questions such as tell me about yourself, I was asked to take the recruiter through my CV, I was asked to give examples demonstrating that I was motivated and resilient and I was asked to explain why I was money motivated.

    I received feedback immediately after and was invited to an assessment centre the following week.

    Most difficult question

    The most difficult question was why you want to work in recruitment. They want you to have strong reasons and specific answers. Before the interview they provided a PDF document which basically told you want they want to hear. They want you to be money motivated and know what you want to do with the money and interested in career progression.

    Interview tips

    Read over all of the documents they send and if you're not given feedback after your phone interview ask for some as it gives you an idea what they are looking for in the assessment centre. Try to be confident or at least show that you are as the people that did in my assessment centre made it through to the next stage.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The assessment centre involved group tasks followed by a one on one interview if you are successful in the group stage.

    The day lasted for around 3-4 hours. On my assessment day there were just over 10 people. Before you begin you are seated in a waiting area giving you time to get to know the other candidates. We were there for around 30 minutes longer than the time they said it would start. Eventually someone came through and took us to a room just off to the side.

    They ask you to fill out a form and attach your cv to it. We watched a presentation about the company and the roles they recruit for. We were then asked to introduce our selves to everyone and give a fun fact about something other than ourselves.

    One of the group tasks was to rate statements inividually then in groups of 3-4 come to an agreement on the ratings. I assume this was to test our negotiation and persuasion skills. Another of the tasks involved splitting into two and selling the person you are partnered with. You have to relay their experience and skills in relation to the role they are interested in. I think the people that performed best where those that really tried to sell the person instead of just giving information about them.

    After a break, in a sort of x-factor like fashion they split the group and took half of us outside. When outside they told us we will not be making it to the next stage. I found this quite dramatic and it was unfortunate that I did not get to have a one to one interview to really sell myself. Overall the experience with graduate recruitment was OK, it was my first assessment centre and it's given me an idea of what to expect for future ones. Hopefully other assessment centres give you the opportunity to be assessed on a full range of activities not just what I thought were a few basic group tasks.

    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? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 4/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 3/5
  • Marketing and Sales Graduate Scheme – London

    3.7143/5 | Interview date: June 2013 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Recruitment

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    There was an initial phone interview, which I wasn't aware of as I only rang back for further details. It was a graduate recruitment member of their team and lasted about 25 minutes. About why I would be good at the job, what my strengths are, what qualities I think an individual in recruitment should possess and where I see myself in the future including the most important factors to myself. This was followed by feedback and an invitation to the group exercise/interviews the following day.

    There were a large group of graduates, we each stood up to introduce ourselves. Then were put into groups where we had to try an exercise to influence the others to our point of view and evaluate how well we had done.
    Then each graduate had to stand up for a 1 minute debate on a given subject.
    After this step some were asked to leave as they hadn't been successful.
    After this there was a interview with a panel of two interviewers.
    Then feedback on the interview, and finally questions on where I want to be within the sector and finally I was invited back next week for a training day.

    Most difficult question

    Out of everyone here, why are you the best for recruitment and what marks you out as different?

    Interview tips

    Be confident, don't be intimidated by the other candidates because in all likelihood, never mind how good they seem, you equally managed to get to that step so you are just as good, if not better, than everyone else. Believe in yourself and remember it does not matter what others think of you, just be yourself.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Described above.

    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? 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

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