HMRC Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Tax Professional Graduate Scheme

    2.7143/5 | Interview date: July 2014 | Job offer? No |

    Was this helpful? Yes 6

    Sectors: Public Sector

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    We were asked to use the STAR approach in order to explain some situations relevant to the questions. Unfortunately a group of us did not receive our candidate packs due to a fault with the system including myself and so had no idea about the STAR approach. Apart form this the questions were competency based on: making effective decisions, managing a quality service and delivering at pace. I was told that my examples were good but because I had not used the STAR approach I scored weakly.

    Most difficult question

    I found proving that I make effective decisions quite difficult, but I think it was more about the nerves at the beginning of the interview.

    Interview tips

    HMRC proved themselves to be really unorganised this time, with people showing up who like me hadn't received some information, or any at all, and some people whose interview times had been changed or cancelled without them knowing. Just prepare really well and don't worry if you don't get it due to their lack of competency.

    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? 2/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 2/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 3/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 1/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 4/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 2/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
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  • Internal Audit Graduate Programme

    4.7143/5 | Interview date: January 2014 | Job offer? Not yet |

    Was this helpful? Yes 7

    Sectors: Accounting

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The application process began with an application form asking for personal details as well as standard competency based questions such as giving an example of working as a team etc. The second stage were online verbal and numerical reasoning tests which were timed, you had about 90 seconds to read the initial information and 30-60 seconds to answer each question. The third stage was an online personality test based on a ranking system where you would say which of the sentences matched you the most. Then came the assessment day which included an interview with 2 people lasting approximately 40-50 minutes. I was asked mostly competency based questions.

    Most difficult question

    What do you think the grestest challenges of the role will be?

    Interview tips

    I would suggest practicing competency based questions before hand, don't worry too much about specifics for that job they were quite general questions.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The assessment day was a one day event which was split into 4 sections:
    1. The interview - I was interviewed by 2 people for about 40 minutes and asked fairly general questions, nothing too specific such as give an example of overcoming a setback as well as talking about why I wanted the role and why I had chosen this one specifically.
    2. The Presentation - I was given a scenario where I had to look at 3 options, weigh the pros and cons then give feedback to 2 people and give my recommendation, 40 minutes to prepare and 10 minutes to present followed by a short Q&A session.
    3. The Group Exercise - We were given 10 minutes to individually choose and rank a set of options, while remaining within budget and then given 40 minutes to discuss and come to a conclusion about which options would be best and the order of them.
    4. The Written Exercise - I was given 90 minutes to read a scenario and complete exercises based on this scenario using only the information given and having to work out the finances included.

    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? 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? 5/5
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  • Graduate Scheme

    3.2857/5 | Interview date: June 2013 | Job offer? No |

    Was this helpful? Yes 4

    Sectors: Public Sector

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The graduate scheme did not require an interview initally. It began with an application followed by online tests. I was then called into the London office to do some tests at an assessment centre. That was followed by a days worth of assessments which included an over night stay. The tests included group work and individual.

    Most difficult question

    Analysis of data sheets. I misinterpreted the information as i was under pressure

    Interview tips

    Read the questions given, don't lose concentration in nerves

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    My overall experience was good. We were given dinner the night before in which we got to know other members of the group. This helped us familiarize ourselfs with eachother so the group work went a little smoother the following 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? 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? 3/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 3/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 3/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 4/5
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