National Audit Office Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Graduate trainee acountant

    4.5714/5 | Interview date: July 2015 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Accounting

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    This was a one on one interview with a very nice member of their graduate recruitment team and she was very good at putting me at ease. Even though I'd filled out a comprehensive application form which included a few competency questions these weren't referred to in the interview with my interviewer instead asking me a range of competency questions to asses if I met their core values.
    There were also a few questions on why I wanted to work here, what the role would entail and what I hoped to achieve while working there. The interview slot was 45 minutes but my actual interview took about 30 minutes. The interview would ask follow up questions to the original question in order to help me to answer the question to the best of my ability.

    Most difficult question

    Describe a time when you set a goal above and beyond what was expected for you.

    Interview tips

    Make sure you do plenty of research in the organisation and all the various functions that they do. You'll also need to have looked at some of the reports they've published as you will be asked to talk about what you've read (it is open ended so you can talk about the ones you've looked at.
    Make sure you have plenty of STAR examples as you'll need a varied selection to try and show you have the key competencies that NAO are looking for. Also look at the ACA which is the qualification you'll be studying for while on the graduate scheme as they want to know you've done research into that.

    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? 4/5
    • 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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  • Assistant Auditors – NAO Graduate Accountancy Scheme

    3.8571/5 | Interview date: November 2013 | Job offer? Yes but declined |

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    Sectors: Accounting

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    -Online Application: Competency based questions about your experiences so far followed by a numerical test.

    - One on One Interview held in their London Office: This was with a member of their HR department.
    Questions: the questions asked strongly followed their online core competencies- one from each competency. Also followed by asking about your motivations for the role, and your experiences.

    At the end you're able to ask any questions you have (recommended to find some to ask).
    If successful the will email you two days later asking you to book an Assessment Centre slot, roughly the following month.

    Most difficult question

    - Who are the stakeholders in the auditors?
    - what differentiates us from our competitors?
    - how does this role fit into your career path?
    - how does this role fit within the organisation?
    - what specifically do you have that would make you excel in this role compared to anyone else?

    Interview tips

    - make sure you have 2-3 examples from each competency on their website and make sure you can give background information as they will ask a lot of follow up questions. Its really helpful to follow the STAR (situation task action result) approach but make sure you try and make your answers succinct enough for HR to write down and record.
    - Also make sure you have read up a fair amount on who the NAO are, what they have done recently, any news stories, their value for money reports, who their competitors are, how they fit in within the government- what their relationship with them is and why you think this role is important for your career.
    - really make sure they know how much you want this position and what qualities you have that they are looking for.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Assessment centre takes place the following month.

    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? 4/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 4/5
    • 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? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 2/5
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