Skanska - Purchasing Graduate Interview Questions & Answers
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Interview processThe 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:
How would you negotiate?
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 questionHow would you pursuade someone to do something they were reluctant to do?
Interview tipsResearch 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 centreFirst 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.
- Group / Panel
- Senior Management
- Verbal reasoning
- Assessment centre
- Group excercise
- Background check
- Competency based questions
The first couple of stages included a mixed numerical and verbal test, and through success in this l
I had to give a 5 minute presentation on a topical news issue of my choice. I then had a panel inter
I was asked about my previous experience & my course, how they were relevant to the job I was applyi
First there was an interview with the Coding and Tenders Manager and the Corporate Procurement Contr
The first step was a telephone interview which lasted about 20 minutes, and asked about my universit
My interview felt more like a conversation, rather than an interview. I didn't feel too much pressur
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