Skanska Interview Questions & Answers

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  • HR Graduate - Graduate Scheme role

    4.1429/5 | Interview date: August 2015 | Job offer? Not yet |

    Was this helpful? Yes 6

    Sectors: Human Resources

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    Preliminary selection phase:

    You should first get your CV shortlisted, then a set of tests are sent to you by email (numerical and verbal reasoning). Both are feasable with some practice, and I found them less hard than other companies.

    Phone interview:

    If you are successful after your tests, you get a phone interview. It is focused on your motivations and background, and also on what you know about Skanska, and why Skanska?

    Assessment day:

    Following your phone interview, they decide or not to invite you to the assessment day in their company in Rickmansworth.
    The tasks are actually described below. Otherwise, the assessment day lasts about 6h, with a lunch break in the middle of about 45mn.
    No overall format, nothing to prepare before, just get ready for a normal interview.

    Most difficult question

    -If you should select one skill or attribute that for you defines perfectly what HR is, what would it be?

    -Tell me about a time when you had to persevere to achieve your objectives, and that you are especially proud of?

    -Who are you when you are/are not in a good mood?

    -What type of people do you get along with?

    Interview tips

    My main advice is just to be yourself. Do not overthink your answers, the interview process is really straight forward and well organised. The interviewers do everything they can to put you at ease.

    Of course you really need to research the company extensively before, especially their ethics and core values (5 zeros, sustainability) and pick 2 or 3 projects that Skanska got involved in.

    You should definitely be passionate about HR, and make the difference; only 1 will be successful out of 10 people invited to the assessment day.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    First we arrived in the morning and we had a global presentation of about 20mn on the company itself, its markets and its core values.

    Then we had a group exercise: the objective was to build a bridge with a certain budget, certain requirements, in 1 hour. We had all kind of materials to buy to build the bridge, so a car could stand on it for 3s. We were set up by groups of 4-5 people.

    After I was interviewed by 2 HR practitioners, with questions focusing mainly on myself, my background and career, my personal life, what I like. I also had "What do you know about Skanska?" as an entry question. But the interview was a 2 way process really, very interesting and relaxed, not pressurised at all. The aim is for you and for them to evaluate if you could be a fit, and if yourself you want to work for this organisation.

    We then had to do a presentation in front of 2 other HRP; with a preliminary 45mn prep, the subject was "What skills and attributes do you think are required to be a successful HR graduate"? The presentation was about 10-15mn oral, followed by a short discussion on yourself and the subject.

    Finally, we had to write 2 short essays based on ethic dilemma. Again, 45mn to complete the task, the subjects were related to ethical issues with regards to the use of Facebook, and the other was on the use of offensive language at work (male dominated sector).

    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? 4/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Purchasing Graduate

    2.2857/5 | Interview date: January 2015 | Job offer? No |

    Was this helpful? Yes 4

    Sectors: Buying & Merchandising

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The interviews were scattered throughout the day, mine was after the initial group exercise in the morning with the director of supply chain and the director of procurement. It was in a tiny box room with a small desk separating us - Very intimate. The questions were basically:
    Why buying?
    How would you negotiate?
    Why Skanska?
    The questions then went off on a tangent in relation to my answers/CV
    The interviewers were great and really put me at ease.
    The second interviewers later on however were, quite frank the worst interviewers I've ever had.

    Most difficult question

    How would you pursuade someone to do something they were reluctant to do?

    Interview tips

    Research all about Skanska's values, the 5 zeros and 'the Skanska way' and what projects they have been a part of I.e. - The Gherkin! The whole day was based on these from start to finish.

    Make sure construction is the industry you want to go in to, quite a lot of questions were based on the macho nature of the industry and how you could deal with that.

    You don't need to worry about numerical or psychometric tests, you have an ethical test instead, in which you are given an hour to answer 2 scenario based questions, a bit like an R.E exam to be honest! One was about sexual remarks in the construction industry and how to keep complaints to a minimum and the other was in reference to posting about Skanska in a negative way on Facebook.

    This is probably said a lot but genuinely be yourself and relax, after each activity there was a short break in the area outside the assessment rooms in which the assessors would sit with you and chat about you and it gave opportunity to probe them about Skanska etc.!

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    First there was a group exercise in which we had to build a bridge with certain materials and within a budget.
    During the task the assesors would change the criteria which would then throw everybody off. Good exercise all in all.

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

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