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GSK jobs & careers: An ultimate 2018 guide to passing GSK’s assessment tests for internships, graduate and professional jobs

An ultimate 2018 guide to pass GSK’s assessment tests for internships, graduate and professional jobs
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A whopping 60% of candidates get rejected during assessment aptitude testing when they apply for a job.

The article below will give you top insights and tips to help you be among those who have made it, passed assessment tests and got a job at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), first time.

You will find a step-by-step summary of the best tips for successfully passing the GSK assessment process during recruitment in 2018. These are research-based, and developed by our team of organisational psychologists and recruiters who have previously worked for major test providers (CEB SHL and IBM Kenexa) and global multinationals. Let’s start.

GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) is a British pharmaceutical company headquartered in London. Although it was established in 2000 via a merger of Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham, in 2015 GSK was already ranked the sixth largest pharmaceutical company in the world. If you think of a career in pharma industry, GSK with their huge research centers and blockbuster drugs are an ideal opportunity.

GSK receive thousands of applications each year for just a handful of job openings. All candidates have great academic results and other achievements, so you need to make sure you perform your best at every stage of the Glaxo’s assessment process, which is as follows:

  1. GSK Online application form
  2. GSK Online aptitude tests
  3. GSK Video interview
  4. GSK Assessment centre
  5. GSK Final interview

STEP 1

GSK
Online application

Start by doing your reseach about GSK, and then find a suitable role. After doing this, you will need to complete the online form, which will include:

  • Your education history
  • Your resume
  • Your previous experiences
  • Motivational questions, which will be based on your role

GSK online application tip: Always double check if you have provided accurate information before your submission. Never leave this until the last minute – in fact, try to apply as early as possible as applications are often reviewed on a rolling basis.

Save your inputs on your PC to track information you have provided, and remember these facts for when you get to the interview stages – especially if you apply to multiple jobs/employers.

STEP 2

GSK
Online Psychometric Tests

Depending on the position you applied to, you will be asked to complete a series of psychometric tests: GSK online assessments. These might include:

These tests are provided by IBM Kenexa. Learn more about Kenexa aptitude tests

A. GSK Values Fit Assessment

This is a type of personality test which will assess how your personal values fit with GSK’s values. In each question you will be presented with three statements about what is important to you in the work environment, and will then be asked to choose which is most and least important to you.

In this type of test, you should be honest and not try to manipulate the answers. These tests are designed to pick up on any inconsistencies. However, what you can do is think about your values and natural reactions to certain situations, as well as what would be expected of you in the workplace, and then try to align your answers so that they reflect both: your personal values and the expectations of the company.

B. GSK Numerical Reasoning Test

The first thing to remember is that the GSK’s numerical reasoning test does not test you on difficult math problems, but on how you can reason with the information presented in an array of different forms (graphs, tables, etc.) under time pressure.

You will have around 45 seconds to answer each question so you need to be confident performing quick calculations. There is no other way to achieve this other than practicing many numerical reasoning test questions, and improving your tactics and time control. This way you can become confident and familiar with the material tested and reduce the anxiety involved.

GSK numerical test tip: Practice thoroughly and track your progress. You need to learn to manage your stress, and the best way to achieve this is by practicing tests in a safe environment before your actual test. You do not want your actual job or internship test to become a battleground, as you have already passed the screening phase.

  • Tune into GF Youtube channel for more hints on how to pass a numerical reasoning test

Learn more about what numerical reasoning tests are and how to pass them

If you want to practice an GSK-style numerical reasoning test with answers, worked-solutions and professional score reports including personalised tips based on your performance – then Graduates First has it covered. Take a test now or try our FREE numerical test samples

GSK-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

GSK-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

GSK-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

Check if you got the correct answer at the bottom of the page.

For more FREE QUESTIONS similar to GSK’s assessment tests, register with Graduates First  and take your FREE numerical reasoning test now!

C. GSK Logical Reasoning Test

GSK’s logical reasoning test does not examine any particular area of knowledge, but rather presents a candidate with 5 diagrams with varying shapes and spatial arrangements, and then asks them to identify the right pattern and decide what comes next in the sequence.

The main difficulty is that there is no limit to how abstract these patterns and trends can be, and two- and three-dimensional shapes are likely to differ on: size, arrangement, movements and colours.

Seems difficult, right? Actually – it is not as complex as you would think. The key to improve your scores is by practicing specific GSK-style logical reasoning tests – such as the ones offered by GF.

  • Tune into GF Youtube channel for more hints on how to pass a numerical reasoning test

Learn more about what logical reasoning tests are and how to pass them

GSK-style Logical Reasoning Test Example

GSK-style Logical Reasoning Test Example

In the example above, you will have ONLY around 45 seconds to notice that:

  • the arrow moves around the diagram
  • shapes change from triangle to circle to square and
  • the long line is either horizontal or vertical, and then to find the right answer!

There is a lot of time pressure which often leaves candidates anxious and harms their performance.

Got the answer? Check it out at the bottom of the page.

For more FREE QUESTIONS similar to GSK’s aptitude tests, register with Graduates First  and take your FREE logical/diagrammatic reasoning test now!

D. GSK Verbal Reasoning Test

Verbal Reasoning Test will determine how confident you are in extracting information from a previously unseen passage of text, to identify whether the following statements are true, false, or impossible to say based on the information contained in the passage of text.

GSK verbal reasoning test tip: To have a better understanding of what is required of you, always start by reading the passage first before even looking at the question. Make sure you fully understand the text and only then should you attempt answering the question.

GSK’s Verbal Reasoning Test could potentially be more challenging for non-native speakers in English, but the advice we give to everyone is to practice verbal reasoning test questions beforehand, as this allows you to understand the specific way in which the texts are built and questions asked. The format of questions is very different to anything you would experience at school.

Learn more about verbal reasoning tests

  • Tune into GF Youtube channel for more hints on how to pass a numerical reasoning test
  • Remember, you will have around 45 seconds to answer questions like the following

GSK-style Verbal Reasoning Test example

GSK-style Verbal Reasoning Test Example

GSK-style Verbal Reasoning Test Example

Got the answer? Check it out at the bottom of the page.

For more FREE QUESTIONS similar to GSK’s online aptitude tests, register with Graduates First   and take your FREE verbal reasoning test now!

STEP 3

GSK
Video Interview

Your first round interview with GSK will be conducted in the form of a video interview, which means that you can take it at any time that is convenient for you. During the video interview, you will be presented with some pre-set questions and then you will be given a time limit to record your answer. This way you do not have to stress about having someone interviewing you in real-time, but there are a couple of points you need to bear in mind.

GSK Video Interview Tips:

  • Firstly, the outfit you choose to wear is just as important as it would be in the real interview. You need to also make sure that the space behind you is clear of any distractions and looks professional.
  • Secondly, you need to watch your time limit as your answer will be stopped and uploaded automatically when you run out of time.
  • Thirdly, remember that your body language and voice say a lot about you and set the first impression. Speak clearly, look directly into the camera and practice to sound both relaxed and confident.

STEP 4

GSK
Assessment Centre

Congratulations if you have made it thus far! However, do not relax just yet. The GSK Assessment Centre is up next and it will be divided into two main parts: the assessment centre exercises and additional psychometric tests, which are very similar to the Situational Judgement Test.

A. Assessment Centre exercises

Examples of exercises you might need to complete during GSK Assessment Centre include:

In this task, you will be assessed on your ability to communicate and reach decisions as part of a team. You will be observed by GSK recruiters throughout the exercise, so make sure to demonstrate your strengths and share your ideas, but also be ready to appreciate others’ input and develop on their points, try to persuade others towards your ideas and ask interesting questions. Most importantly – remain calm and speak clearly.

You will be given around 20 minutes to work in a pair and analyse a set of information. You and your partner will then need to prepare your response. In the second part, your interviewer will play the role of a client and you will be representing GSK. In this task, you will need to prove your negotiation skills, teamwork and analytical thinking.

In this exercise, you will work on your own to prepare a response to a case study problem in the candidate brief provided to you. You will need to develop your arguments fully, and will need to persuade the recipient towards your team’s recommendations. The best practice is to start by analysing all the information and planning your response; only then should you start writing your response. Be sure to check your grammar and spellings throughout the essay, and be cautious of the time that you have been allocated – sometimes it might be better to skip some points in order to finish on time.

B. GSK Ability Test

This GSK ability test will examine you on your main characteristics and skills in dealing with unknown situations that you are likely to encounter when working at GSK. You will need to use your common sense to identify the courses of actions that are most desirable.

The main difficulty in this ability test comes from the fact that all answers might seem to be good ideas. They will all have some good qualities – so you need to differentiate between which ones are really key.

Tip: Always start by reading all the statements, rather than evaluating them, as you go. This will help you to make better decisions.

GSK-style Ability Test Example

GSK-style Ability Test Example

Learn more about situational judgement tests

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STEP 5

GSK
Final interview

This will be a one-on-one interview, and questions will be asked by the senior manager from the area that you applied to.

It will be competency based and will require you to demonstrate all the characteristics that GSK are looking for. Have some examples ready for use during your interview, and base these on the most common types of interview questions.

GSK interview tips:

  • When you are asked a question, always take a few seconds to plan the answer. Think of various examples of situations where you succeeded at something and demonstrated your skills, and then explain carefully what the situation was, how you reacted and what the outcome was. Use the STAR framework to do so: Situation, Task, Action and Result. Every time you answer the question, make sure to talk precisely about each of these points. Also, make sure there is a logical flow between situations you describe under S, T, A, R.
  • If you have had several jobs, try to think of examples from each of them and always try to mention all the extra-curricular activities you have been involved in.
  • Want to know what questions could come up in your interview? Graduates First can help with the Question Identifier Tool (QIT). You can purchase it by following this link.

Do you want to pass your GSK assessments first time? Practice today with Graduates First, the only aptitude practice test experts providing practice test solutions to over 60 UK universities and their students, and also across Asia and continental Europe.

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Correct answers to example questions:

Numerical Reasoning Test – D

Logical Reasoning Test – C

Verbal Reasoning Test – B

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RBS jobs & careers: How to pass Royal Bank of Scotland assessment tests for internships, professional and graduate jobs in 2018

How to pass Royal Bank of Scotland assessment tests for internships, professional and graduate jobs in 2018
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A whopping 60% (!!!) of candidates get rejected during aptitude testing when they apply for a job.

The article below will give you insights to help you be among those who have made it and got a job at RBS, first time.

You will find a step-by-step summary of and the best tips for successfully passing the RBS job assessment process during recruitment in 2018. These are research-based and developed by our team of organisational psychologists and recruiters who have previously worked for major test providers (CEB SHL and IBM Kenexa) and global multinationals. Let’s start.

The Royal Bank of Scotland, commonly abbreviated as RBS, is one of the retail banking subsidiaries of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, together with NatWest and Ulster Bank. The Royal Bank of Scotland has around 700 branches across the UK and employs around 92,000 people.

The competition for jobs at RBS is fierce, and all candidates have great academic results and other achievements. Therefore, you need to make sure you perform your best at every stage of the RBS recruitment process, which comprises of:

  1. RBS Online application form
  2. RBS Situational Judgement Test
  3. RBS Sky Rise City Game
  4. RBS Online aptitude tests
  5. RBS Video interview
  6. RBS Assessment centre

STEP 1

RBS
Online application

Start by doing your research about RBS, and then find a suitable role. After doing this, you will need to complete the online form, which will include:

  • Your education history
  • Your resume
  • Your previous experiences
  • Motivational questions, which will be based on your role

RBS on-line application top tip: Always double check if you have provided accurate information before your submission. Never leave this until the last minute – in fact, try to apply as early as possible as applications are often reviewed on a rolling basis.

Save your input on your PC to track information you have provided, and remember these facts for when you get to the interview stages – especially if you apply to multiple jobs/ employers.

STEP 2

RBS
Situational Judgement Tests

RBS Situational Judgement Test (SJT) will examine you on your main characteristics and skills in dealing with unknown situations, that you are likely to encounter when working at RBS. You will need to use your common sense to identify the courses of actions that are most desirable.

In the RBS Situational Judgement Test you will be given 15 scenarios which should take you between 20-30 minutes. Do not spend too much time on the questions as this will very likely confuse you and harm your performance.

The main difficulty in Situational Judgement Tests comes from the fact that all answers might seem to be good ideas. They will all have some good qualities –so you need to differentiate between which ones are really key.

RBS Situational Judgement Test Tip: Always start with reading all the statements rather than evaluating them as you go. This will help you to make better decisions.

RBS-style Situational Judgement Test Example

RBS-style Situational Judgement Test Example

GF provides you with a deep-dive into situational judgement tests.

To prepare for your RBS situational judgment tests take a full online SJT offered by GF.

STEP 3

RBS
Sky Rise City

After you have successfully passed the RBS situational judgement test, you will be invited to take an interactive assessment game – RBS Sky Rise City. You will find instructions on how to access this assessment in the email sent to you.

In the game itself, you will be faced with a variety of challenges that are designed to measure complex personality traits and cognitive processes, including information processing. This assessment takes around 25 minutes to complete, however there is no time limit and you will work through questions at your own pace.

Your decisions in the game will be collected and analysed. The way you approach the game is important – just be yourself and relax. There are no good or bad answers. Hundreds of data points are being measured focusing on your behaviours and learning agility.  Attempts to ‘cheat’ the game will be easily spotted and highlighted. This game measures suitability of your work personality in the specific RBS workplace.

When you finish, you will receive a full RBS assessment game report outlining how you performed. This report is a baseline to invite you to the next phase: RBS psychometric tests.

STEP 4

RBS
Online Psychometric Tests

Depending on the position you applied to, you may be asked to complete a series of RBS online assessments, including:

A. RBS Numerical Reasoning Test

The first thing to remember is that the RBS numerical reasoning test does not test you on difficult math problems, but on how you can reason with the information presented in an array of different forms (graphs, tables, etc.) under the time pressure. Time pressure is a very important factor here.

You will have around 45 seconds to answer each question so you need to be confident performing quick calculations. Like at school, there is no other way to achieve a level of proficiency and speed required other than practicing many numerical reasoning test questions, and improving your tactics and time control. Different people work out individual tactics. Practicing aptitude tests is a KING.

This way you can become confident and familiar with the material tested and reduce the anxiety involved. Through practicing you want to eliminate any noise that can prevent from from tapping into your full ability.

Tip: Practice, practice, practice thoroughly and track your progress. You need to learn to manage your stress, and the best way to achieve this is by practicing psychometric tests in a safe environment before your actual test. You do not want your actual job or internship test to become a battleground, as you have already passed the screening phase and potentially more.

  • We offer hints on how to pass a numerical reasoning test. Visit our Youtube channel to get the details.

 

GF offers a comprehensive description of numerical reasoning tests,  how to pass them and what is of key importance.

If you want to practice an RBS-style numerical reasoning test with answers, worked-solutions and professional score reports including personalised tips based on your performance – then Graduates First has it covered. Take a test now or try our FREE numerical test samples. You will get exactly the same immersive environment as in a real test, similar screens, questions, reports, time control.

RBS-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

RBS-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

Check if you got the correct answer at the bottom of the page.

B. RBS Logical Reasoning Test

RBS’ logical reasoning test does not examine any particular area of knowledge, but rather presents a candidate with 5 diagrams with varying shapes and spatial arrangements, and then asks them to identify the right pattern and decide what comes next in the sequence.

The main difficulty is that there is no limit to how abstract these patterns and trends can be, and two- and three-dimensional shapes are likely to differ on: size, arrangement, movements and colours.

Seems difficult, right? Actually – it is not as complex as you would think. The key to improve your scores is by practicing specific RBS-style logical reasoning tests such as the ones offered by GF.

  • For more hints on how to pass a logical reasoning test, visit our Youtube channel

Learn more about what logical reasoning tests are and how to pass them.

RBS-style Logical Reasoning Test Example

RBS-style Logical Reasoning Test Example

In the example above, you will have ONLY around 45 seconds to notice that:

  • the arrow moves around the diagram
  • shapes change from triangle to circle to square and
  • the long line is either horizontal or vertical, and then to find the right answer!

There is a lot of time pressure which often leaves candidates anxious and harms their performance.

Got the answer? Check it out at the bottom of the page.

For more FREE QUESTIONS similar to RBS aptitude tests, register with Graduates First  and take your FREE logical/diagrammatic reasoning test now!

STEP 5

RBS
Video Interview

Contrary to what you would usually experience with the first interview, RBS conduct theirs in the form of the Video Interview. This means that you can access it and complete at any time that is convenient for you, and that you will not face any interviewer. You will be presented with some pre-set questions and then you will be given a time limit to record your answer. Although you do not have to stress about having someone interviewing you in real-time, there are a couple of points you need to bear in mind.

RBS Video Interview Tips:

  • Firstly, the outfit you choose to wear is just as important as it would be in the real interview. You need to also make sure that the space behind you is clear of any distractions and looks professional.
  • Secondly, you need to watch your time limit as your answer will be stopped and uploaded automatically when you run out of time.
  • Thirdly, remember that your body language and voice says a lot about you and help set the first impression. Speak clearly, look directly into the camera and practice to sound both relaxed and confident.

STEP 6

RBS
Assessment Centre

Ufff, this has been a long process. Congratulations if you have made it thus far!

You are just as step ahead of your next career move: internship or a job with RBS.  There is only a tiny percentage of candidates who get to this point of the RBS assessment journey. Well done!

However, do not relax just yet. The RBS Assessment Centre is still to come, and it will be divided into two main parts: the interviews and the assessment centre exercises.

A. Interviews

This will be a one-on-one interview, and questions will be asked by the senior manager from the area that you are applied to.

It will be competency based and will require you to demonstrate all the characteristics that RBS are looking for. Have some examples ready for use during your interview, and base these on the most common types of interview questions.

RBS interview tips:

  • When you are asked a question, always take a few seconds to plan the answer. Think of various examples of situations when you succeeded at something and proved your skills, and then explain carefully what the situation was, how you reacted and what the outcome was. Use the STAR framework to do so: Situation, Task, Action and Result. Every time you answer the question, make sure to talk precisely about each of these points. Also, make sure there is a logical flow between situations you describe under S, T, A, R.
  • If you have had several jobs, try to think of examples from each of them and always try to mention all the extra-curricular activities you have been involved in. Check how to answer job interview questions.
  • Want to know what questions could come up in your interview and stay ahead of competitors? GF proprietary Question Identifier Tool (QIT) will be of great help! Remember only the best candidates have reached this stage of the assessment. Small things may make it or break it. Make sure you have all cards at hand.

B. Assessment Centre exercises

Examples of exercises you might need to complete during RBS’ Assessment Centre include:

In this task, you will be assessed on your ability to communicate and reach decisions as part of a team. You will be observed by RBS recruiters throughout the exercise, so make sure to demonstrate your strengths and share your ideas, but also be ready to appreciate others’ input and develop on their points, and try to persuade others to your ideas and ask interesting questions. Most importantly – remain calm and speak clearly.

You will be given around 20 minutes to work in a pair and analyse a set of information. You and your partner will then need to prepare your response. In the second part, your interviewer will play the role of a client and you will be representing RBS. In this task, you will need to prove your negotiation skills, teamwork and analytical thinking.

In this exercise, you will work on your own to prepare a response to a case study problem, in the candidate brief provided to you. You will need to develop your arguments fully, and will need to persuade the recipient towards your team’s recommendations. The best practice is to start by analysing all the information and planning your response; only then should you start writing your response. Be sure to check your grammar and spellings throughout the essay, and be cautious of the time that you have been allocated – sometimes it might be better to skip some points in order to finish in time.

Do you want to pass your RBS job assessments first time? Take numerical, logical, verbal reasoning and situational judgment practice tests today with GF, the only aptitude practice test experts providing practice test solutions to over 60 UK universities and their students, and also across Asia and continental Europe.

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Numerical Reasoning Test – D

Logical Reasoning Test – C

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McKinsey & Company jobs and careers: Ultimate 2018 guide to passing McKinsey’s aptitude tests for professional jobs, internships and graduate schemes

Ultimate 2018 guide to passing McKinsey's aptitude tests for professional jobs, internships and graduate schemes
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Did you know that over 60% (!!!) of candidates get rejected solely on the basis of their results in psychometric tests!

Are you looking for a job or an internship in one of the most respected strategic management consultancies? Get your dream job with McKinsey first time, and pass McKinsey’s aptitude tests, interviews and the assessment centre, using recommendations and tips from Graduates First.

In the article below we will provide you with a step-by-step overview of and tips and tools for successfully passing the McKinsey’s assessment process during recruitment. Let’s start!

We are a team of organisational psychologists and recruiters, who have worked for major psychometric test developers and recruitment teams in multinationals, and our only goal is help you get the job with McKinsey, first time.

McKinsey & Company is a worldwide management consulting firm. It conducts qualitative and quantitative analysis in order to evaluate management decisions across the public and private sectors. McKinsey employs over 14,000 staff in 110 offices scattered all across the globe. Since McKinsey is regarded as a top organisation for careers in management consulting, competition for each spot is fierce. This is why you need to perform your best at each stage of the recruitment process.

McKinsey’s job applications and assessment process is divided into 6 stages:

  1. McKinsey Online application form
  2. McKinsey Online aptitude tests
  3. McKinsey Problem solving test
  4. McKinsey Personal experience interview
  5. McKinsey Assessment centre
  6. McKinsey Final interview

STEP 1

McKinsey
Online application form

At this stage you will be asked fill in the online application form. Make sure you give all the necessary information, as this will form a basis for any future references. Do spend some extra time to make sure that this form will reflect both – you as a person, but also as an ideal candidate for McKinsey.

You will be required to provide details of your education history, academic results and relevant work experience.

Tip: When it comes to submitting your completed application, earlier is always better – often candidates are assessed on a rolling basis, so submitting early increases your chances. Always double-check the application form for any mistakes before submission.

Tip: Make sure you have a copy of all the information you have provided. You may be asked for details during the interview. Know your CV inside out. If the information in your application and information shared during the call are different, your application may be disregarded for future processing.

Tip: Make a copy of your submission documents and information provided. You may be asked for details during the interview.

STEP 2

McKinsey assessments
Online aptitude tests

Once your application has been screened and assessed positively, you will be invited to sit McKinsey’s online aptitude tests.

These will include McKinsey’s:

  • numerical reasoning test,
  • verbal reasoning test

The difficulty level of the McKinsey online tests will depend on the business area and position you applied to, so be sure to carefully read all the information in the aptitude test invite email.

McKinsey Numerical Reasoning Rest

Since working at McKinsey and Company will require you to use numerical skills and ability to interpret data from tables and charts, the McKinsey numerical reasoning test will examine your ability to understand a previously unseen passage – as well as its data. You will be required to perform basic GCSE Maths calculations.

McKinsey use CEB SHL tests.

Do not worry if you have not done Maths in a while! The difficulty of this does not lie in the knowledge tested but in the time pressure and stress. When taking your numerical reasoning test, you will have a minute to read the question, analyse data provided and perform the necessary calculations.

Tip: The only way to succeed is to take practice tests beforehand. This way you familiarise yourself with the types of questions and become more confident. Learn how to manage your stress in a safe environment and you will not have to face rejection – just because you were unfamiliar with the process.

Learn more about numerical reasoning tests 

  • For more hints on how to pass a numerical reasoning test, visit our Youtube channel

If you are looking for a McKinsey-style numerical reasoning test with questions and answers, worked-solutions and professional score reports including personalised tips based on your performance – then Graduates First has it covered.

McKinsey-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

McKinsey-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

McKinsey-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

Check if you got the correct answer at the bottom of the page.

For more FREE QUESTIONS similar to McKinsey assessment tests, register with Graduates First  and take your FREE numerical reasoning test now!


McKinsey Verbal Reasoning Test

McKinsey’s Verbal Reasoning Test will determine how confident you are in extracting information from a previously unseen passage of text, to identify whether subsequent statements are true, false, or impossible to say based on the information contained in the passage of text.

McKinsey use CEB SHL tests.

McKinsey’s Verbal Reasoning Test could potentially be more challenging for non-native speakers in English, but the advice we give to everyone is to practice verbal reasoning test questions beforehand, as this allows you to understand the specific way in which the texts are built and questions asked. The format of questions is very different to anything you would experience at school.

Tip: To have a better understanding of what is required of you, always start by reading the passage first before even looking at the question. Make sure you fully understand the text and only then should you attempt answering the question.

Learn more about verbal reasoning tests

  • For more hints on how to pass a verbal reasoning test, visit our Youtube channel

Remember, you will have around 45 seconds to answer questions like the following

McKinsey-style Verbal Reasoning Test example

McKinsey-style Verbal Reasoning Test Example

McKinsey-style Verbal Reasoning Test Example

Got the answer? Check it out at the bottom of the page.

For more FREE QUESTIONS similar to McKinsey’s online aptitude tests, register with Graduates First  and take your FREE verbal reasoning test now!

STEP 3

McKinsey
Problem solving test

In this assessment you will be given 60 minutes to tackle 26 real-life McKinsey client cases. You will be presented with three scenarios, each supplemented by a number of text passages, tables and charts, and will be asked to weigh-up and determine the best answer to a problem.

McKinsey’s problem solving test will assess your ability to solve business problems using quantitative, inductive and deductive reasoning. In many cases you will need to perform calculations using information from the tables or charts, then use your logical thinking to apply the results to real-life business problems. Other questions might require you to critically assess the passage of text – and so will tap into your verbal reasoning ability.

Tip: The difficulty of this test lies in the mixture of questions types. Remember to stay calm and try to tackle one question at a time. Always read the instruction twice for better understanding, and then think carefully about what skill is required from you in this particular question.

STEP 4

McKinsey
Personal experience interview

This interview will consist of two main parts:

  • CV-based interview which will focus on your experiences and motivations
  • Case-study interview which will expose you to a real life problem and require you to solve it

A. CV-based interview

Anything that you included in your CV might be discussed in this interview. This is why it is so important to look through your CV and make sure that you are able to evaluate any points that you have made.

Your interview will be competency-based (CBI). Be ready to discuss specific examples in which you demonstrated certain skills: determination, teamwork, leadership skills, etc. McKinsey and Company interview questions will typically be around  your previous projects and experiences – whether they stem from your professional, academic, private or fitness-related life experiences.

Each of your answers should ideally follow a STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) model, in which you need to refer to each of the four points mentioned above; explain what the particular situation was, what task you were faced with, what action you took and what the result was.

Want to know what questions could come up in your interview? Graduates First can help with our proprietary Question Identifier Tool (QIT).

B. Case-study interview

In this interview, you will be required to demonstrate your problem-solving abilities by evaluating a business case study in front of your assessor. You will need to show how you take into account the information presented, select key factors and show your reasoning. At the end, you will need to reach a conclusion and be able to defend your decision.

Tip: Solving case-studies is a very particular skill that is impossible to be mastered without practice. Make sure you tackle a few examples beforehand. You can also practice these with your friend as that will offer you a different point of view. Ask your friend to critically assess you.

This interview is very similar to case-study exercises many companies use during their assessment centres. For more practice visit https://www.graduatesfirst.com/prepare-for-your-assessment-centre/ now.

STEP 5

McKinsey Assessment Centre

The next stage of the McKinsey recruitment process is an Assessment Centre, during which you will be assessed by senior members of the relevant business area/s across a variety of exercises. These may take form of the:

  • McKinsey Group Exercise

This assessment examines your ability to communicate and reach conclusions as part of a team. Throughout this task you will be observed by McKinsey’s recruiters, so try to demonstrate your strengths; share and explain your ideas, but also be open to build on somebody else’s input and develop on their points, try your best to persuade others towards your opinions and also ask thought-provoking questions. Above all – stay calm and speak in a confident and clear manner.

Learn more about Group Exercises

  • McKinsey Presentation Exercises

This exercise will mainly test you on your communication skills. Your assessors will also be looking at your body language and tone to see how you would cope with delivering professional presentations, taking part in group discussions and explaining your opinions.

Presentation exercise tip: Always stand straight, make regular eye contact with everyone in the audience and do not speak too fast.

Learn more about Presentation Exercises

  • McKinsey Role Play Exercise

You will be given around 20 minutes to work in a pair and analyse a set of information. You and your partner will then need to prepare your response. In the second part, your interviewer will play the role of a client and you will be representing McKinsey. In this task, you will need to display your negotiation skills, teamwork and analytical thinking.

Learn more about Role Play Exercises  for more help.

STEP 6

McKinsey
Final Interview

Congratulations – you are almost there. The Final Interview is the last stage of the McKinsey application process. You just need to focus on a few more things.

Learn as much as you can about McKinsey and its corporate culture. You need to have a high level of understanding of McKinsey’s mission, any relevant recent big news and its future developments. Think about the industry as a whole too – do you see any structural changes that you could talk about?

The Final Interview at McKinsey and Company is also your opportunity to find out more about the company and the team you might be working with. However, asking interesting questions in the interview is about so much more than this. Come equipped with some thought-provoking questions, stand out from the competition and demonstrate your genuine motivation and enthusiasm to work for the company. Do not be afraid to ask your interviewer about their personal experiences with the company, as well as their career path. They want to see your genuine interest to work for McKinsey, rather than someone who comes across as just another ‘job seeker’. Your enthusiasm and interest may offset some of your shortcomings from the interview.

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Amazon jobs & careers: 5 steps to pass Amazon’s assessment for professional jobs and graduate schemes.

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A whopping 60% of candidates get rejected during aptitude testing when they apply for a job.

The article below will give you insights to help you be among those who have made it and got a job at Amazon, first time. You will get a step-by-step overview of the most useful tips to successfully pass their recruitment and assessment process. If you plan to apply to Amazon for a professional job or graduate scheme, this text is for you.

Amazon is an American e-commerce company founded in 1994, and is currently the largest Internet-based retailer in the world, in terms of its total sales and market capitalisation.

Due to its size, immense opportunities for growth and other perks, Amazon now consider thousands of applications every year. To simplify this process, recruitment is divided into five stages; a big part of which is online psychometric tests. This is the stage at which over 60% of candidates get rejected.

Competition is very fierce, and so you need to make sure that you perform your best at every stage of the recruitment process – and this is why we prepared this article: to provide you with a step-by-step overview of the best tips to successfully pass the Amazon assessment process.

Throughout the recruitment process, Amazon will test you against a list of key values:

  • Customer Obsession
  • Ownership
  • Deliver Results
  • Ability to Work to the Highest Standards
  • Dive Deep
  • Earn Trust
  • Bias for Action
  • Frugality
  • Learn and be Curious
  • Have Backbone; Disagree and Commit
  • Invest and Simplify
  • Think Big

Tip: Make sure you regularly refer to these throughout your application and interviews.

These are the five steps of the Amazon assessment process:

  1. Amazon Online application
  2. Amazon First round interview
  3. Amazon Online aptitude tests
  4. Amazon Assessment centre
  5. Amazon Final interview

STEP 1

Amazon Online
Application

The online application form will be used for any future reference relating to your career experiences, main achievements and education. Make sure to fill in all the personal details accurately and always double check your inputs.

Based on the area you apply to; you might also be asked to answer a few motivational questions.

Tip: Always start by doing a lot of research about the company’s: current deals, structural changes it might be going through, and any exceptional awards it has received. Refer to these to show your interest in the company.

Tip: Apply as early as possible, as some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Check your email frequently in case Amazon’s HR department should require any clarification or further details. Make written notes/copies of what you have put in the application. You may be asked for details during the interview.

STEP 2

Amazon assessments
online aptitude tests

These will include Amazon’s:

  • numerical reasoning test,
  • verbal reasoning test,

Amazon Numerical Reasoning Test

In this aptitude test, you will be presented with a few passages with tables, charts and other types of data presentation, and will be required to quickly analyse the information given and answer questions.

Do not worry if you have not done maths in a while! All you need is a quick recap of basic GCSE calculations, such as ratios, percentages and reading data off charts. Amazon’s numerical reasoning test is difficultnot because of the knowledge tested, but because of the time pressure and stress.

Tip: You need to manage your stress and time pressure. The most successful way to achieve this is through numerical test practice in a safe environment, before your real aptitude assessment.

  • For more hints on how to pass a numerical reasoning test, visit our Youtube channel

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Amazon-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

Amazon-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

Amazon-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

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Amazon Verbal Reasoning Test

This test examines a candidate’s ability to accurately extract relevant information from a previously unseen passage of text; it involves critically analysing statements and deciding which of them are true, false – or whether this is impossible to say based on the information contained in the passage of text.

Verbal reasoning tests tends to be more difficult for non-native English speakers, but what we would recommend is that everyone practices verbal reasoning test questions as much as possible, as this allows them to understand the specific ways in which texts are structured – and precisely what the questions are asking for.

Tip: Always read the whole passage before attempting the question. Do not jump to conclusions about whether the statement is true or false until you have carefully examined the statement, and found sufficient evidence in the passage to support your claims.

For more hints on how to pass a verbal reasoning test, visit our Youtube channel

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In the real assessment, you will have around 45 seconds to answer questions like the following:

Amazon-style Verbal Reasoning Test Example

Amazon-style Verbal Reasoning Test Example

Amazon-style Verbal Reasoning Test Example

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STEP 3

Amazon First-round
interview

If you have successfully passed the online tests stage, you will be invited to a one-on-one interview with a HR professional from Amazon. This interview will take the form of a telephone interview and will last approximately 20-30 minutes. This is an opportunity for you to put forward your interest and potential skills that make you suitable for the particular role that you applied to.

This interview will be competency based (CBI) and will be focused around your CV and personal motivations, so review your CV and prepare examples of situations where you demonstrated the core values which are sought after by Amazon and were outlined in the first part of this article.

Amazon telephone interview tip: Find a quiet space where you will not be disturbed. Leave a note in your sight to be reminded about the acronym STAR – Situation, Task, Action and Result. Every time you answer a question, make sure to talk precisely about each of these points. Make sure there is a logical flow between situations you describe under S, T, A, R.

Think about the projects you have previously worked on – whether they are from your professional experiences, education, passions, sports or personal experiences.

Amazon competency-based interview tip: Remember it is imperative that you refer to a variety of experiences from different areas of your life (professional, personal, community, etc.) – so do not get stuck on one project you previously worked as an example in all of your answers. Your goal here is to present your ability to act in different circumstances. Prepare a couple of examples before the interview, and draft your answers using the STAR model.

Examples of questions you might be asked:

  • Why did you apply for this particular role?
  • Tell us about a team project you worked on with a difficult team member, and how you dealt with them.
  • Tell us about the hardest challenge you were faced with and what you learned from it.
  • Tell us about a time where you had an idea, and took measures to implement it into your work.
  • What key skills could you bring to Amazon?
  • Why do you wish to work at Amazon?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

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Our proprietary tool will help you identify questions that are likely to come up during your interview. Check out our Question Identifier Tool (QIT) here

STEP 4

Amazon Assessment Centre

Depending on your position and line of business, in this final stage of the Amazon assessment process, you might be asked to complete a number of tasks from the list below.

Group exercise

This exercise will examine your ability to work as part of a team. Throughout this task, various employees will observe you and how you solve problems when working with others under time pressure.

It is important that you are confident enough to share and argument your ideas, but also be ready to contribute to somebody else’s input. Most importantly: speak clearly and never interrupt anyone!

Tip: Try to persuade others towards your ideas and also ask critical though-provoking questions, but only do sowhen it feels natural. You need to appreciate that other people are just as important on the team.

Learn more about the Group Exercise here

Written exercise

This task will ask you to prepare a response to a previously unseen case study problem, which will be provided in the candidate brief given to you.

Tip: Start by skimming through all the information in the candidate brief and then plan your response quickly. You should not start to answer before you form a clear idea for your response. Always check your spelling and watch the time – in many cases it might be better to miss one or two arguments in order to finish the task on time.

Learn more about the Written Exercise

Role play

In this task you will be given around 20 minutes to work in a pair and analyse a set of information. You and your partner will then need to prepare your response. In the second part, your interviewer will play the role of a client and you will be representing Amazon. In this task, you will need to display your negotiation skills, teamwork and analytical thinking.

Learn more about role play here

STEP 5

Final interview

This will be a one-on-one final round interview with an experienced senior member of staff at Amazon, or a HR specialist.

It might involve a mixture of competency-based, as well as technical, questions. If you reach this stage of the recruitment process, you should already be aware of: the industry Amazon operates in, its competitors, the company structure and corporate culture, and any recent development that could be affecting the business.

Tip: Prepare and write down a couple of projects or initiatives that you did exceptionally well in. The interviewer will be interested in understanding: how you approached the problem, what analysis you did, any data gathered, insights and actions taken, results achieved and what your role was.

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Accenture jobs: 4 steps to pass Accenture’s assessment tests for professional jobs and graduate schemes

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A whopping 60% of candidates get rejected during aptitude testing when they apply for a job.

The article below will give you insights to help you be among those who have made it and got a job at Accenture, first time. You will get a step-by-step overview of the most useful tips to successfully pass their recruitment and assessment process. If you plan to apply to Accenture for a professional job or graduate scheme, this text is for you.

Our experts have worked in recruitment with the largest multinationals and have created aptitude tests for CEB SHL and Kenexa – the largest players in aptitude testing. We now want to share what we have learnt and guide you in your job assessment efforts so you get your dream job first time!

Accenture is a global management consulting and professional services company that provides strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operational services. Accenture’s current clients include 94 of the Fortune Global 100 and more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500. It is then no surprise that thousands of talented candidates apply to Accenture each year. As there are only a few job openings, the recruitment team need to quickly scan through many applications. This is why Accenture’s recruitment process requires every applicant to take psychometric tests.

Accenture’s job application and assessment process is divided into 4 stages:

  1. Accenture Online Application Form
  2. Accenture Online Aptitude Tests
  3. Accenture Digital Interview
  4. Accenture Assessment Centre

STEP 1

Accenture Online
Application Form

Once you have decided on the position you want to apply for, you will need to fill in the online application form; providing details of your education history and academic results, relevant work experience and possibly answer some short competency questions.

Tip: Always aim to portray yourself as a candidate that can fit into the corporate culture at Accenture. Identify your personal experiences that correspond to the 6 core values that Accenture look for in all candidates:

  • Stewardship – you should be taking responsibility, wishing to improve, and making efforts to improve communities and the global environment.
  • Best People – The company develops and challenges its employees, and it expects them to demonstrate a “can-do” attitude.
  • Client Value Creation – you should be attentive to the needs of its clients and be ready to offer the highest standard of service.
  • One Global Network – you need to look at problems from a global perspective in order to build and sustain relationships, and incite collaboration across the globe.
  • Respect for the Individual – you need to reflect Accenture’s approach to diversity and inclusion.
  • Integrity – you need to demonstrate high ethical standards, be honest, and take account for their actions in order to gain trust. Once you have decided on the position you want to apply for, you will need to fill in the online application form; providing details of your education history and academic results, relevant work experience and possibly answer some short competency questions.

Tip: Always aim to portray yourself as a candidate that can fit into the corporate culture at Accenture. Identify your personal experiences that correspond to the 6 core values that Accenture look for in all candidates:

Tip: Always aim to apply as early as possible – often candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and so applying early could significantly increase your chances. Remember to double-check the application form for any mistakes.

The application form will provide a basis for any future references, so be ready to spend some extra time to make sure that the information you provide reflects not only you as a person, but also as a candidate that Accenture are looking for.  Make written notes/copies of what you have put in the application. You may be asked for details during the interview.

STEP 2

Accenture online
aptitude tests

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  • Accenture Situational Judgment Test
  • Accenture Deductive Reasoning TestIf you have successfully passed the online application screening, you will be invited to sit online psychometric tests. Depending on the line of business and position you applied for, you may be asked to sit a combination of psychometric tests including:

Accenture Situational Judgement Test

The Accenture Situational Judgement Test will examine your characteristics and skills when faced with unknown life situations – that you are likely to encounter when working for Accenture. This test is designed to check if you suit the core values that Accenture are looking for. These were described in the first section of this article.

Situational Judgement Test (SJT) is especially difficult because all answers will seem like appropriate options. They will all have some good qualities – so you need to differentiate between which are practical, and which are desired by Accenture. In many cases you will face a trade-off between choosing situations where you show leadership, determination, creativity or maybe integrity. Since you can only follow only one course of action, you will need to use your judgement to decide which option fits the particular scenario.

Tip: Never try to manipulate your answers. These tests are designed in a way that will flag up any inconsistencies in your answers. Put across your true self and do not spend too much time analysing each answer – they should come to you naturally.

The Accenture Situational Judgement Test will be similar to the example below.

Accenture-style Situational Judgement Test Example

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Accenture Deductive Reasoning Test

This test will not examine any particular area of your knowledge. You will be presented with 5 diagrams with varying shapes and spatial arrangements, and then will be asked to identify the right pattern to determine what comes next in the sequence.

The main difficulty the Accenture deductive reasoning test, often referred to as a diagrammatic or logical reasoning test, is that there is no pre-requisite knowledge required and there is no limit to how abstract these patterns and trends can be; both two- and three-dimensional shapes will differ in: size, arrangement, movements and colours.

However, the test is not as difficult as it seems. By having a look at Accenture-style diagrammatic reasoning tests offered by Graduates First, you will get familiar with the format and level of difficulty of the questions. A lot of patterns are repetitive and follow similar logic, so by practicing you will grow in confidence and be better-suited to take your real test.

Tip: Some people find it easier to cross out all the answers that do not follow the pattern you have identified in order to find the right answer. It might also be helpful to try to follow the pattern with your fingers on the desktop to save time drawing the diagrams on paper.

If you are looking for an Accenture-style logical reasoning test with answers, worked-solutions, progress tracking and professional score reports including personalised tips based on your performance, then Graduates First has it covered. Have a look at an example below.

Accenture-style Logical/Diagrammatic Reasoning Test Example

Accenture-style Logical Reasoning Test Example

You will have ONLY around 45 seconds to notice that:

  • the arrow moves around the diagram
  • shapes change from triangle to circle to square and
  • the long line is either horizontal or vertical, and then to find the right answer! There is a lot of time pressure which often leaves candidates anxious and harms their performance.

Got the answer? Check it out at the bottom of the page.

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STEP 3

Accenture Digital Interview

After the successful completion of online aptitude tests, you will be invited to a first-round interview. This used to take the form of a telephone interview, but now most candidates are interviewed over the internet using a platform called HireVue. You will be asked a series of questions and have a limited time to record your answers, which will be later reviewed and assessed.

Tip: HireVue uses complex self-learning algorithms that match your body language to competencies sought by Accenture. Since the interview is video-based, your body language and tone will be exposed. Therefore, you need to make sure you seem comfortable and confident, as this will set a good impression and make it easier for the interviewer to follow what you are saying. You can also practice your answers in front of the mirror and analyse what your posture, gestures and facial expressions might say about you. Try out different approaches and see what makes you come across as confident and persuasive. You can also record your answers on your phone and then watch them later; or send it to your friends who can give you a second opinion. Ask them to evaluate what they would think about you and what you say based on this short video. Remember – recruiters will only have a few minutes to form their opinion of you.

Your interview will be competency based (CBI). Be prepared to talk about specific times when you proved to possess certain skills such as: determination, teamwork, leadership skills, etc. Think about your previous projects and experiences – from your professional, academic or private life.

Examples of questions that have been asked during Accenture interviews:

  • Could you tell us more about yourself?
  • What are your reasons for wanting to join Accenture?
  • What do you find interesting in the particular area that you applied to?
  • What does Accenture do as a company?
  • How does Accenture use technology to help its clients?
  • Tell us of a time when you had to work with a difficult team member, and how you solved this problem.
  • Tell us about a time when you had to step up and show your leadership skills.
  • Tell us about a time when you were faced with an unconventional problem and had to use your creativity to solve it.
  • Tell us about the most difficult project you worked on, and what you learned from it.

Tip: Each of your answers should follow a STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) model, in which you need to refer to each of the four points mentioned above; explain what the particular situation was, what task you were faced with, what action you took and what the result was. Before your interview, think of a few situations from your personal, professional or student life that can be presented using a full STAR model.

Do you want more Accenture-style interview questions and answers? Prepare some ideas for your answers before your interview, by analysing the most common types of interview questions.

Want to know what questions could come up in your interview? Graduates First can help with our proprietary Question Identifier Tool (QIT).

STEP 4

Accenture Assessment Centre

The assessment centre at Accenture is most likely to be divided into two parts: group case study exercise and final interview.

Accenture Group Exercise

You will be given details of a business decision being currently considered. Usually, you will only have around 30 minutes to fully comprehend the specific business situation that the company is facing, analyse relevant information and prepare recommendations in the form of a written document or presentation.

  • Accenture group exercise tip: Remember to stay calm and focused; the HR assessors will observe your behaviour throughout the assessment centre. If you look nervous and uncomfortable you will seem like the type of person who cannot handle team discussions.

Tips:

  • Take leadership and speak up only when it feels natural.
  • Never shout over anyone and do not argue with other team members.
  • Show appreciation for the ideas of other team members; you can either ask critical and thought-provoking questions, or build up on good suggestions that others have given.

It is all about interacting with others and trying to reach a mutual decision.

Tip: you need to work through the examples quickly and be confident about your decisions. You will have no time to go back and start from scratch, so just stick with what you are doing and try to be very precise when forming your arguments.

You can make sure that you stand out from the competition by following some of the tips that our Chartered Organisational Psychologists prepared to help you with your Accenture assessment centre (https://www.graduatesfirst.com/prepare-for-your-assessment-centre)

Accenture Final Interview

This interview will be conducted by a senior manager or director from the business area that you applied to. This will be your last chance to stand out from the competition and prove that you are an ideal candidate.

Other than talking about how this position suits your interests and skills, you also need to know why this particular company is of your interest. Check recent awards Accenture won or projects they supported and try to link these to your experiences and interests.

This will also be a chance for you to ask questions and experience what working at Accenture might be like. Therefore, come equipped with some interesting and thought-provoking questions, which you are likely to be able to ask at the end of your interview. You should always use this opportunity to engage in a conversation with a senior member of the team, to demonstrate that you are motivated and enthusiastic about the prospect of working at Accenture. Do not be afraid to ask your interviewer about their personal experiences with the company, and their career path.

Tip: Do a lot of research about Accenture, including: their recent developments and planned structural changes, as well as changes in the industry and potential future opportunities that are relevant to Accenture. These can form the basis of interesting conversations with senior members of the business, and thus demonstrate that you are an eloquent, motivated and bright individual.

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EY jobs & careers: How to pass the Ernst & Young’s assessment tests for professional jobs and graduate schemes in 2018



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In the article below, we will provide you with a step by step overview of the best tips for successfully passing the EY assessment process during recruitment.

Get your job with Ernst & Young first time. Follow proven recommendations and tips from a team of organisational psychologists and recruiters at Graduates First to pass EY’s aptitude tests, interviews and the assessment centre.

The competition for EY jobs is very fierce. In the article below, we will provide you with a step-by-step overview of  and research-based tips to successfully pass the Ernst & Young  online assessment tests and recruitment process.

Ernst & Young (EY) is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London that employs 230,000 people globally. Each year they receive thousands of applications for their range of summer internship and graduate scheme positions.

Despite the number of different areas and levels within EY, the EY recruitment process follows a very similar path.

These are the four steps of the Ernst & Young job application process:

  1. EY Online application
  2. EY Online Aptitude Tests
  3. EY Telephone Interview
  4. EY Assessment centre

STEP 1

EY Online application

Once you have done the necessary research on Ernst & Young, and decided on the programme you wish to apply for:

  1. You need to complete the online application form which includes:
  • Personal details
  • Academic background
  • Relevant work experience
  1. Based on your role you might also be asked to answer some questions, e.g.:
  • Your motivations to apply for the chosen role
  • Why you make a good candidate
  • What EY means to you

Tip: In this section, make sure to refer to particular experiences and skills that match the EY competencies: teamwork, respect, determination, integrity, energy, enthusiasm and courage to lead. Prepare your experiences from professional, personal, community or sports life.

  1. You need to make sure you have provided accurate information before your submission. You should never leave this until the last minute.
  2. Tip: apply as early as possible, as this increases your chances of being reviewed on a rolling basis. Check your email frequently in case EY’s HR department should require any clarification or further details.

STEP 2

EY Online
Assessment Tests

Every candidate applying to Ernst & Young will be invited to log into their Strengths Portal after submitting all of the above information. You will then be required to sit four EY Assessment Tests; you do not have to complete them in a single sitting, but it is advised to finish them within one day.

Ernst & Young’s Online Assessment Tests consist of:

  • EY Situational Strengths Test
  • EY Numerical Reasoning Test
  • EY Business Behaviours Tests
  • EY What’s Your Mindset Questionnaire

EY Situational Strengths Test

In this assessment, you will be presented with 16 videos describing a specific situation related to some common work-related scenarios. You will then be required to identify how you would approach this problem by rating the possible answers from 1-5, based on the likelihood that you would undertake each action.

Situational Judgement Test Example Question

EY-style Situational Judgement Test Example

This type of online assessment test is very similar to the Situational Judgement Test  developed by Graduates First. Check it out now and practice beforehand to improve your results.

EY Numerical Reasoning Test

  • If it has been a while since you did Maths – do not worry! All you have to do is a quick recap of basic GCSE calculations, such as ratios, percentages and reading data off charts. What makes Ernst & Young’s numerical reasoning test difficult is not the knowledge tested, but how you reason with the information presented in the time limit under the pressure involved.
  • You will only have less than a minute to answer each question, so the best way to ensure that you do your utmost best is by practicing numerical reasoning test questions; this way, you will familiarise yourself with typical questions and become more comfortable which will help to increase your confidence.
  • Tip: Remember that it is the stress and time pressure that is challenging – not the lack of knowledge! You need to learn to manage these, and the best way by far to achieve this is by practicing tests in a safe environment before your actual test. You do not want your actual job or internship test to become a battleground. Remember, you have already successfully gone through the application process which tens of thousands of applicants have not managed.
  • Learn more about numerical reasoning tests
  • If you are looking for an EY-style numerical reasoning test with answers, worked-solutions and professional score reports including personalised tips based on your performance – then Graduates First has it covered. Take a test now.

 

EY-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

EY-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

EY-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

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EY Business Behaviours Test

This Ernst & Young online assessment test is very similar to the EY Situational Strengths Test, but this time there will be no videos and your answers to each item will determine the following questions. After each question, you will be presented with 5 options and asked to rank them in order of how you are most and least likely to behave.

Business Behaviours Test Example Question

EY Business Behaviours Test Example

This type of online assessment test is very similar to the Situational Judgement Test developed by Graduates First. Check it out now and practice beforehand to improve your results.

EY What’s Your Mindset Questionnaire

This online assessment test will focus on 5 main characteristics:

  • attention to detail,
  • ability to learn a new language,
  • problem solving proficiency,
  • ability to concentrate,
  • understanding of new technologies.

You will be presented with different descriptions and required to rank them according to which ones are most and least like you.

Tip: There is no right and wrong answer – but you need to be consistent in how you answer these questions. The test is designed to pick up on any inconsistencies and you will be penalised.

This type of online assessment test is very similar to the Work Personality Questionnaire developed by Graduates First. Check it out now and practice beforehand to improve your results.

STEP 3

EY Telephone Interview

If you have successfully passed the online tests stage, you will be invited to a one-on-one interview with a HR professional from Ernst & Young. This interview will take the form of a telephone interview and will last approximately 20-25 minutes. This is an opportunity for you to show your interest and the potential skills that make you suitable for the particular role that you applied to.

This interview will be competency based (CBI) and will be focused around your CV and personal motivations, so review your CV and prepare examples of situations where you demonstrated the core competencies sought after by EY. These are:

  • People who excel
  • People who are good at working in teams
  • People with integrity
  • People who demonstrate respect
  • People with energy, enthusiasm and the courage to lead

EY telephone interview tip: Find a quiet space where you will not be disturbed. Leave a note in your sight to be reminded about the acronym STAR – Situation, Task, Action and Result. Every time you answer the question, make sure to talk precisely about each of these points. Make sure there is a logical flow between situations you describe under S, T, A, R.

Think about the projects you have previously worked on – whether they are from your professional experiences, education, passions, sports or personal experiences.

EY competency based interview tip: Remember it is imperative that you refer to a variety of experiences from different areas of your life (professional, personal, community, etc.) so do not get stuck on one project you previously worked as an example in all of your answers. Your goal here is to present your ability to act in different circumstances. Prepare a couple of examples before the interview, and sketch them using the STAR model.

Learn more about the most common types of interview questions

Tip: If you are expecting a telephone interview, make sure you find a quiet space where you will not be disturbed.

Curious to know what questions could come up in your interview? Check out GF’s proprietary tool: Question Identifier Tool (QIT)

STEP 4

EY Assessment Centre

The assessment centre at Ernst & Young will be divided into two parts:

EY Group Exercise

  • you will be required to take part in the group in-tray exercise, which will expose you to a task that does not require any prior preparations.
  • You will need to analyse a piece of information and use your reasoning to suggest the best solution.
  • EY group exercise tip: remember to stay calm and focused; the HR assessors will observe your behavior throughout the assessment centre.
  • You can make sure that you stand out from the competition by following some of the tips that our Chartered Organisational Psychologists prepared to help you with your Ernst & Young assessment centre

EY Case Study

  • You will be given details of a company and relevant materials relating to the decision they are considering. In just under 40 minutes, you need to fully comprehend the specific business situation that the company is facing, analyse relevant information and prepare recommendations in the form of a written document or presentation. You will be able to use Microsoft Word to write up your findings.
  • You will also be asked to prepare a plan to manage the team, which will include: the work schedule, individual tasks, contingency plans and progress checks.

Tip: you need to work through the examples quickly and be confident about your decisions. You will have no time to go back and start from scratch, so just stick with what you are doing and try to be very precise when forming your arguments.

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Numerical Reasoning Test – D

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Aldi jobs: 5 steps to pass Aldi’s assessment tests for professional jobs and graduate schemes

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A whopping 60% of candidates get rejected during aptitude testing when they apply for a job. The article below will give you insights to help you be among those who have made it and got a job at Aldi, first time.

You will find a step-by-step summary of and the best tips for successfully passing the Aldi assessment process during recruitment. These are research based and developed by our team of organisational psychologists and recruiters who have previously worked for major test providers (CEB SHL and IBM Kenexa) and global multinationals. Let’s start.

Being one of the biggest and fastest growing leading global supermarket chains, Aldi offer a variety of graduate and professional jobs which attract hundreds of applicants each year. The competition for the places offered was so fierce that their recruitment process has now been divided into separate parts to sift through all the candidates efficiently.

These are the 5 steps to the Aldi job assessment process:

  1. Aldi Online application form
  2. Aldi Online psychometric tests
  3. Aldi Video presentation
  4. Aldi Group assessment centre
  5. Aldi Final Interview

STEP 1

Aldi Online application

Start by doing your reseach about the company, and then find a suitable role. After doing this, you will need to complete the online form, which will include:

  • Your education history
  • Your resume
  • Your previous experiences
  • Motivational questions, which will be based on your role

Tip: always double check if you have provided accurate information before your submission. Never leave this until the last minute – in fact, try to apply as early as possible as applications are often reviewed on a rolling basis.

Save your input on your PC to track information you have provided, and remember these facts for when you get to the interview stages – especially if you apply to multiple jobs/ employers.

STEP 2

Aldi Online
Psychometric Tests

Depending on the position you applied to, you will be asked to complete a series of Aldi online assessments including:

  • Numerical reasoning test
  • Logical reasoning test or
  • Verbal reasoning test and
  • Situational Judgement Test

The tests are provided be a well-known psychometric tests publisher: Saville Consulting

Aldi Numerical Reasoning Test

  • The first thing to remember is that the Aldi numerical reasoning test does not test you on difficult math problems, but on how you can reason with the information presented in an array of different forms (graphs, tables, etc.) under the time pressure.
  • You will have around 45 seconds to answer each question so you need to be confident performing quick calculations. There is no other way to achieve this other than practicing many numerical reasoning test questions, and improving your tactics and time control. This way you can become confident and familiar with the material tested and reduce the anxiety involved.

Aldi-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

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Aldi Logical Reasoning Test

  • Aldi’s logical reasoning test does not examine any particular area of knowledge, but rather presents a candidate with 5 diagrams with varying shapes and spatial arrangements, and then asks them to identify the right pattern and decide what comes next in the sequence.
  • The main difficulty is that there is no limit to how abstract these patterns and trends can be, and two- and three-dimensional shapes are likely to differ on: size, arrangement, movements and colours.
  • Seems difficult, right? Actually – it is not as complex as you would think. The key to improve your scores is by practicing specific Aldi-style logical reasoning tests – such as the ones offered by Graduates First.
  • If you are looking for an Aldi-style logical reasoning test with answers, worked-solutions, progress tracking and professional score reports including personalised tips based on your performance, then Graduates First has it covered.
  • Learn more about what logical reasoning tests are and how to pass them

Aldi-style Logical Diagrammatic Reasoning Test Example

In the example above, you will have ONLY around 45 seconds to notice that:

  • the arrow moves around the diagram
  • shapes change from triangle to circle to square and
  • the long line is either horizontal or vertical, and then to find the right answer! There is a lot of time pressure which often leaves candidates anxious and harms their performance.

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Aldi Verbal Reasoning Test

  • Aldi’s verbal reasoning test is designed in a way to test whether an applicant can accurately extract the necessary information from a previously unseen passage of text, in order to determine whether related statements are true or false, or impossible to say based on the information provided.

Non-native English speakers tend to find the Aldi verbal reasoning test more difficult, but we advise that they practice verbal reasoning test questions as much possible, as this allows them to understand the specific design of the texts and questions asked.

  • Learn more about what verbal reasoning tests are and how to pass them
  • Remember, you will have around 45 seconds to answer questions like the following:

Aldi-style Verbal Reasoning Test Example

Aldi-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

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STEP 3

Aldi video interview
‘Who am I?’

This 5-minute long exercise is part of Aldi’s video application process and is a great chance for you to present who you really are and why the company should hire you.

Aldi are looking for enthusiastic, determined and charismatic leaders who are able to solve problems on the fly, take decisions and actions when needed, are independent and able to lead teams of people.

Aldi interview tips:

  • Think about the strengths that will make you a perfect candidate.
  • Prepare a story; describe a specific, difficult problem that you have solved and how you approached it.
  • Write a short script.
  • Practice in front of the mirror as many times as needed to control your body language, voice and expressions
  • Record yourself on a smartphone. Watch it and record again till you are satisfied. You may ask a friend to provide feedback.
  • You will have just 5 minutes to prove that your personality reflects what Aldi are looking for.
  • Only once you are satisfied with the above, should you record a video interview for Aldi.

Aldi video interview tip: remember that your body language and voice say a lot about you and set the first impression. Speak clearly, look directly into the camera and practice to sound both relaxed and confident.

STEP 4

Aldi Assessment day

After you have successfully passed the online tests stage, you will be invited to an Aldi group assessment centre. This will give Aldi recruiters a chance to test how you behave when faced with new tasks and group work.

  • Check out our assessment centre page for more do’s and don’ts, Remember – you are only given one chance to impress Aldi recruiters.

Examples of exercises you might need to complete during Aldi’s group assessment include:

This test will ask you to write a case-study-prompted essay regarding one of the organisation’s business areas.

In this task, you will be assessed on your ability to communicate and reach decisions as part of a team. You will be observed by Aldi’s recruiters throughout the exercise, so make sure to demonstrate your strengths and share your ideas, but also be ready to appreciate others’ input and develop on their points, and try to persuade others to your ideas and ask interesting questions. Most importantly – remain calm and speak clearly.

You will be given around 20 minutes to work in a pair and analyse a set of information. You and your partner will then need to prepare your response. In the second part, your interviewer will play the role of a client and you will be representing Aldi. In this task, you will need to prove your negotiation skills, teamwork and analytical thinking.

In this exercise, you will work on your own to prepare a response to a case study problem, in the candidate brief provided to you. You will need to develop your arguments fully, and will need to persuade the recipient towards your team’s recommendations. The best practice is to start by analysing all the information and planning your response; only then should you start writing your response. Be sure to check your grammar and spellings throughout the essay, and be cautious of the time that you have been allocated – sometimes it might be better to skip some points in order to finish in time.

STEP 5

Aldi Final interview

You have almost made it; one last step before the offer. Do not relax just yet!

If you have made it to the final interview – you just need to consider a few final tips for you to get your dream job with Aldi.

  • This will be a one-on-one interview, and questions will be asked by the senior manager from the area that you are likely to find yourself in, if you are successful.
  • It will be competency based and will require you to demonstrate all the characteristics that Aldi are looking for.
  • Have some examples ready for use during your interview, and base these on the most common types of interview questions.

Aldi interview tips:

  • When you are asked a question, always take a few seconds to plan the answer. Think of various examples of situations when you succeeded at something and proved your skills, and then explain carefully what the situation was, how you reacted and what the outcome was. Use the STAR framework to do so: Situation, Task, Action and Result. Every time you answer the question, make sure to talk precisely about each of these points. Also, make sure there is a logical flow between situations you describe under S, T, A, R.
  • If you have had several jobs, try to think of examples from each of them and always try to mention all the extra-curricular activities you have been involved in.
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Correct answers to example questions:

Numerical Reasoning Test – D

Diagrammatic Reasoning Test – C

Verbal Reasoning Test – B

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HSBC jobs: 4 steps to pass HSBC’s assessment tests for professional jobs and graduate schemes

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Get your dream job with HSBC first time. Follow proven recommendations and tips from Graduates First to pass HSBC’s aptitude tests, interviews and the assessment centre.

This article will provide you with a step-by-step guide with the best tips to successfully pass the HSBC online assessment tests first time!

HSBC is a British-Hong Kong multinational banking and financial services holding company headquartered in London; it is the world’s seventh largest bank by total assets and the largest in Europe. It is a top destination for graduates and professionals in the UK; HSBC receive tens of thousands of applications for just a very few job openings each year.

In order to be able to screen through all applications, HSBC use online aptitude tests to sift through more than 60% of candidates based on their results. If you want to stand a chance, you need to make sure to perform your best at every single stage of the recruitment process.

These are the four steps of the HSBC job application process:

  1. HSBC Online job application
  2. HSBC Online assessment – aptitude tests
  3. HSBC First-round interview
  4. HSBC Assessment centre/Super Day

STEP 1

HSBC Online job application

The first stage of the recruitment process is to complete the application form which will include four capability questions, focusing on your reasons for joining and interest in the financial services industry – particularly HSBC.

Tip: The answers to these questions will be the first point of reference for any future interview, so remember to do a lot of research about the company and the specific role – and then try to match it with your personal skills and experiences.

Example:

  • Please describe your motivations for working in this business area at HSBC. Briefly discuss your skills that make you an ideal candidate.

Tip: Apply as early as possible as some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Check your email frequently in case HSBC’s HR department should require any clarification or further details.

STEP 2

HSBC online assessment
aptitude tests

HSBC aptitude tests will include:

  • situational judgement test
  • inductive reasoning test

HSBC Situational Judgement test

HSBC Situational Judgement Test examines you on your main characteristics and your skills in dealing with unknown life situations you are likely to encounter when working for HSBC. You will need to use your common sense to identify the courses of actions that are most desirable.

The main difficulty in Situational Judgement Tests comes from the fact that all answers might seem to be good ideas. They will all have some good qualities– so you need to differentiate between which ones are really key.

HSBC-style Situational Judgement Test Example

HSBC-style Situational Judgement Test Example

HSBC inductive reasoning test

  • HSBC inductive reasoning test, often referred to as a diagrammatic or logical reasoning test, will expose you to 5 diagrams with varying shapes and ask you to identify the right pattern and indicate what comes next in the sequence.
  • What makes the HSBC inductive reasoning test difficult is that there is no limit to how abstract these patterns and trends can be. They will usually evolve around the size, arrangement, movements and colours of two and three-dimensional shapes.

Tip: Some examples will involve varying patterns from across the categories mentioned above.

  • The only way you can prepare for the inductive reasoning test is to practice the sample questions. By doing so, you will familiarise yourself with some of the most common questions types, become more comfortable and get used to thinking under time pressure.
  • If you are looking for a HSBC-style inductive reasoning test with answers, worked-solutions and professional score reports including personalised tips based on your performance, then Graduates First has it covered.
  • Learn more about inductive reasoning tests.

HSBC-style Inductive Reasoning Test Example

HSBC-style Inductive Reasoning Test Example

In the example above you will have ONLY around 45 seconds to notice that:

  • the arrow moves around the diagram
  • shapes change from triangle to circle to square and
  • the long line is either horizontal or vertical, and then to find the right answer! There is a lot of time pressure which often leaves candidates anxious and harms their performance.

Got the answer? Check it out at the bottom of the page.

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STEP 3

HSBC First-round interview

The next stage of the recruitment process is a first-round job interview which will usually take the form of a HSBC telephone interview. You will be assessed on your compatibility with bank values and your general skills and motivations.

HSBC telephone interview tip: Find a quiet space where you will not be disturbed. Leave a note in sight, to remind yourself of the acronym STAR – Situation, Task, Action and Result. Every time you answer a question, make sure to talk precisely about each of these points. Also, make sure there is a logical flow between situations you describe under S, T, A, R.

  • Your interview will be competency based (CBI), and so be prepared to give examples of when you have demonstrated certain skills: determination, teamwork, leadership skills, etc. Think about the projects you have previously worked on, including those from your professional experiences, education, passions, sports or personal experiences.

HSBC competency-based interview tip: Remember that it is imperative that you refer to a variety of experiences from different areas of your life (professional, personal, community, etc), so do not get stuck on one project you previously worked, and use it as an example in all of your answers. Your goal here is to present your ability to act in different circumstances. Prepare a couple of examples before the interview and sketch them using the STAR model.

Want to know what questions could come up in your interview? Graduates First has developed a proprietary tool that helps identifying the questions that are likely to come up in your interview: the Question Identifier Tool (QIT). You can purchase the QIT at a special 50% discount by following this link. It will serve its purpose for many of your interviews.

STEP 4

HSBC’s Assessment centre/Super Day

The last stage of the HSBC recruitment process is either a half-day Assessment Centre or Super Day, in which you will be assessed by senior members of the relevant business areas across a variety of exercises, and both motivational and business interviews, which may take the form of:

  • HSBC Group Exercise

In this exercise, you will be assessed on your ability to communicate and reach decisions as part of a team. Throughout this task you will be observed by HSBC, so make sure you do everything you can to demonstrate your strengths: share and argue for your ideas, but also be open to build on somebody else’s input and develop on their points; try your best to persuade others to your opinions and also ask though-provoking questions. Above all – stay calm and speak in a confident and clear manner.

Learn more about the Group Exercise here

  • HSBC Written Exercise

In this exercise, you will be asked to prepare a response to a previously unseen case study problem presented in the candidate brief given to you. The best way to approach this task is to skim through all of the information and to plan your response quickly; do not start answering unless you already have a clear idea. Make sure to check your spelling and watch the time – in many cases it might be better to miss one or two arguments in order to finish the task on time.

Learn more about Written Exercise.

  • HSBC Presentation Exercises

This exercise will mainly test your ability to communicate your ideas. Your assessors will be looking at your body language and tone to see how you would cope with: delivering professional presentations, taking part in group discussions and explaining your opinions.

Presentation exercise tip: It is important that you stand straight, make regular eye contact with everyone in the audience and do not speak too fast.

Learn more about Presentation Exercises

 

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    Correct answers to example questions:

    Inductive reasoning test: C

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IBM jobs professionals and graduates: 4 key assessment stages explained to get a job with IBM first time.

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If you are looking for a job with IBM, we have prepared a 4 steps guide that explains their job assessment and recruitment process. You will get tips and examples of the tests and exercises. Read carefully and prepare yourself.

The competition for IBM jobs is very fierce. To help you successfully pass all 4 stages of the IBM recruitment process we have prepared a step-by-step overview. 

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is an American multinational technology company operating in more than 170 countries. IBM offer a multitude of different roles and positions in various lines of its business, and use a mixture of Bespoke and Kenexa assessments in their recruitment process.

Despite the number of different areas and levels within IBM, the IBM recruitment process follows a very similar path.

These are the four steps of the IBM job application process:

  1. IBM Online application
  2. IBM IPAT Test
  3. IBM Assessment centre
  4. IBM Final interview

Read carefully. Takes notes. Practice. We wish you best of luck!

STEP 1

IBM Online application

When you have decided on the programme you wish to apply for:

  1. You need to complete the online application form which includes:
  • Personal details
  • Your education, e.g. A-Level results and schools that you have attended
  • Relevant work experience

2. You also need to complete the application template with:

  • A personal statement and a short essay demonstrating the eight core competencies sought after by IBM recruiters, which are: adaptability, communication, client focus, creative problem solving, drive, teamwork, passion for IBM, and taking ownership.
  • In this section, make sure to refer to particular experiences and skills that match the eight competencies outlined above

3. You need to make sure you have provided accurate information before your submission. You should never leave this until the last minute.

4. Tip: apply as early as possible, as this increases your chances of being reviewed on a rolling basis. Check your email frequently in case IBM’s HR department should require any clarification or further details.

STEP 2

IBM Cognitive Assessment Test – IPAT Test

Every candidate applying to IBM is required to take the IBM Cognitive Assessment Test, referred to as the IPAT Test, which is unique to IBM; meaning that questions asked will probably be very different to what you have experienced when applying to other companies.
With the IBM IPAT Test, you will have seven days to complete two out of three sections. These will measure how quickly candidates can analyse information and reason logically, under time pressure. The areas that the IBM IPAT Test focuses on are:

  • IBM Numerical series; you will be presented with a sequence of numbers or symbols and will have to identify patterns to choose the next item in the sequence.
  • IBM Numerical reasoning test; this is made up of 20 questions and will present you with a longer problem, that will require a number of steps to arrive at the right answer.
  • Candidates who applied for the ‘Graduate Strategic Analytics Consultant’ role will also need to complete a SHL Test . This test is split into 2 sections, and will assess both your verbal and numerical skills. Candidates who have applied for the ‘Software Developer’ role will be asked to complete an additional personality questionnaire.
  • The difficulty level of the IBM IPAT Test is much harder than other online aptitude assessments carried out by other companies. This is why it is crucial to familiarize yourself with the types of questions it will ask, and their level of difficulty, beforehand.

Tip: Prepare for the IPAT test by practicing. Use fewer tests but delve into them and understand the logic behind them. Our research indicates that deliberate practice may double your score.

STEP 3

IBM Assessment Centre

If you have successfully passed the online tests stage, you will be invited to an IBM assessment centre. The most important skill tested by IBM recruiters during the assessment centre will be your ability to work in a team and collaborate with others.

You will need to demonstrate confidence, but it is important to remember that you cannot take too much control, or sit back and restrain from sharing your ideas. Check out our assessment centre page for more do’s and don’ts . Remember – you are only given one chance to impress IBM recruiters.

During the IBM Assessment Centre, you will be required to take part in a number of activities, including:

  • IPAT Verification Test

You will need to sit the IBM IPAT Test again, so cheating in the online test will be of no help to you!

  • IBM Pre-prepared presentation;

You might be asked to prepare an under-10-minute presentation on a given topic, eg. technology, and deliver it at some point during the assessment centre. Make sure to check all emails carefully to include the relevant points.

This test will ask you to write a case-study-prompted essay regarding one of the business areas.

In this task you will be assessed on your ability to communicate and reach decisions as part of a team. You will be observed by IBM recruiters throughout the exercise, so make sure to demonstrate your strengths; share your ideas, but also be ready to appreciate others’ input and develop on their points, and try to persuade others to your ideas and ask interesting questions. Most importantly – remain calm and speak clearly.

You will be given around 20 minutes to work in a pair and analyse a set of information. You and your partner will then need to prepare your response. In the second part, your interviewer will play the role of a client and you will be representing IBM. In this task, you will need to prove your negotiation skills, teamwork and analytical thinking.

In this exercise, you will work on your own to prepare a response to a case study problem, in the candidate brief provided to you. You will need to develop your arguments fully, and will need to persuade the recipient towards your team’s recommendations. The best practice is to start by analysing all the information and planning your response; only then should you start writing your response. Be sure to check your grammar and spellings throughout the essay, and be cautious of the time that you have been allocated – sometimes it might be better to skip some points in order to finish in time.

STEP 4

IBM Final Interview

If you successfully passed the IBM Assessment Centre, you will be invited to an interview with a senior manager, which can take over an hour. As it is the last stage of the recruitment process, you need to prove that you are not only suitable, but also motivated and enthusiastic to work for IBM.

Crucial tips to pass the IBM job interview:

  • This interview will be competency based  and will be focused around your CV and personal motivations; so review your CV and prepare examples of situations where you demonstrated the eight core competencies sought after by IBM. Want to know what questions could come up in your interview? Graduates First can help with the Question Identifier Tool (QIT). You can buy it by following this link.
  • Be prepared to answer some commercial awareness questions: recent developments in the industry, main competitors and big projects that IBM are working on.
  • Prepare interesting and thoughtful questions beforehand – this way you can impress your recruiters, and also learn more about IBM. It is also a chance for you to see if this role suits you.
  • You should prepare some ideas of examples that you could use during your interview. Base your examples on the most common types of interview questions.
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