TPP - Graduate Analyst - Arabic speaker Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Graduate Analyst - Arabic speaker

    2.5714/5 | Interview date: August 2016 | Job offer? No |

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    Interview process

    Initially, I submitted my CV and received a call back arranging a face to face interview.

    I arrived at the interview and waited until somebody showed up who took me into a room to have a quick chat about where I had travelled from and gave me a maths quiz to complete. He exited the room and came back with my travel expenses -£2.

    The next step was more waiting. Two people came this time - a girl from the same role I was applying for (more senior) and a software developer. Here, I followed them into another room where I was asked questions about my cv and some others such as 'what are the company's main challenges?' Next, I was given a pen to write my answers on the whiteboard. The questions were to see how your logic works I think!

    "How many lampposts are there in the UK?"

    "Three bags filled with marbles, all incorrectly labelled, how many marbles do you need to pick to find the correct labelling?"

    Then I went back to waiting. I was told I had passed that stage and if I could do the next stage there and then - I said yes.

    More waiting and then I had to sign some form that explained you have to live in a certain radius, come in at random hours of the morning if need be, have to drive and have a car etc!!

    Then I was interviewed by one of the directors and somebody else, who asked me further questions about my CV, why I want to join the company and why I want to leave my current role. Then she started firing random questions "what's 7x8? What's 13 squared? What's the probability if you role two die the sum of the sides equates to 10?" - took me back to mental arithmetic in school.

    In the middle of these questions two random people walked in and started talking to th director about another director who was absent on holiday - the director interviewing me rudely insulted her and said she wasn't getting involved.

    I was then told I would hear back in a week. I got an email saying I didn't get the role so I replied for feedback and was told that it's "company policy not to provide feedback- good luck in the future."

    Most difficult question

    How many lampposts are there in the uk? It was also timed with a 2 minute stop watch!

    If you read online, there are websites that discuss the various questions they ask at TPP - they're all strange to be honest, but they want to see how you would approach and solve a problem.

    Interview tips

    Expect that any senior management interviewing you will be intimidating and if you don't answer a question correctly and instantly, then expect there to be a lot of condescension!

    Read the questions online that people have had in their own interviews to get a better understanding of the what to expect.

    It's very different to any interview I have ever had so don't expect it to be the 'usual' style.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    1- maths quiz gcse style
    2- questions about the role and company
    3- marbles and lampposts questions
    4- random questions from the director

    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

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    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 3/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 2/5

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