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  • Graduate Project Management Scheme (Architecture Technology Grads)

    4.0/5 | Interview date: September 2016 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Architecture & Construction

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The application process started with a CV and cover letter upload; I was then contacted via email about a month after to do a psychometric test, which then two weeks after passing was invited to an assessment day at their HQ in London. It was a group interview with just 4 of us there for one role.

    Most difficult question

    The negotiation tasks- haggling prices and timing.

    Interview tips

    The cover letter is what gets the managers attention so really express your knowledge of the company and their discipline; also practise the psychometric test and especially touch typing as it comes up!

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    It was a very small group being interviewed- just 4 people, all of which were highly qualified candidates. The day started with a short presentation about the company and their work; the role was then described in detail which was within the pre-construction team for this interview.
    There was a series of tasks throughout the day- it started with a group task to build the tallest possible structure to a budget from materials provided, this was more about how you work in a group but a knowledge of basic structures and loads would be helpful. During this each candidate had a manager watch how they interacted with the team and contributed, this was the most difficult task of the interview.

    There was then one-to-one interviews with senior managers with 6 very easy basic questions ( why this role? why this company? what you tell us about you we can't get from your CV? biggest disappointment? best achievement? ) only about 15 minutes long and laid-back atmosphere.

    There were two different data analysis tasks to be done alone- one to review the company's progress reports and make recommendations for improvements; another was a series of mock emails to prioritise including calculating costs, customer complaints..in which half way through you were given more and then asked to re-assess your order of priority.

    The most difficult was a mock negotiation with a manager acting as a building contractor, in which you had to negotiate price and time frames for an over-run project.
    The day lasted from 11.30am to 4pm with a short lunch break; overall it was one of the more enjoyable interview processes and the team are very friendly and encouraging.

    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? 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? 2/5

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