Skanska - Purchasing Graduate Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Purchasing Graduate

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

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    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


    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video


    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric


    • 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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