TPP Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Graduate Analyst - Arabic speaker

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

    Was this helpful? Yes 5

    Sectors: Health

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    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

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

    1.4286/5 | Interview date: December 2015 | Job offer? No |

    Was this helpful? Yes 3

    Sectors: Computing & IT

    Difficulty rating 100.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The interview was unique to any other I've experienced. With no prior warning or any real understanding of what to expect, I was placed into different rooms, completing mathematical exams and solving problems. The interview was not focused upon the role at all, nor were questions asked about myself.

    Most difficult question

    In the UK, approximately how many lamp posts are there?

    Interview tips

    My advice to anyone applying to this company would be to have no expectations, because it is beyond anything I expected. I would say to 'think outside of the box' and don't expect a regular interview!

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    I was asked to complete a mathematical examination, within 15 minutes whilst someone watched.
    Then I was placed into another room and asked to work out how many lamp posts are in the UK without any figures or materials.
    Lastly, I was told that if I had 3 jars of marbles with green, red and red/green assortments, how many marbles would I need to remove to ascertain which jar was which if I knew that every label was incorrect.

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