Hays plc Interview Questions in United Kingdom

Updated Mar 23, 2015
Updated Mar 23, 2015
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    Trainee Recruitment COnsultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Hays plc in March 2015.

    Interview Details

    there are five stages when applying to the role of a trainee recruitment consultant at Hays Recruitment.
    firstly, applying with your cv and successfully impressing the consultant
    secondly, telephone interview explaining why you want to become a consultant
    thirdly, interview with a manager answering competency based questions
    fourthly, assessment day (you may need to travel for this)
    fifthly, final interview with a director.

    I have my final interview tomorrow and I am really nervous yet excited at the same time!

    Interview Questions
    • why hays?
      How do you use communication effectively?
      Tell me a time where you had to build a rapport with someone.
       
      View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Associate Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Hays plc.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview followed by manager interview and assessment day but get an interview with director if no day is being held. The phone interview was pleasant ans soon after i got a panel interview which involved a sales rolepaly.

    Interview Questions
    • there wasn't one as such but be prepared to defend your personality they test your resilience.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Got a different offer.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Hays plc.

    Interview Details

    It took me three weeks to have interviews with both the senior trainer and the team manager. As I was not in my home country, both interviews were on the phone. Had great chats with both interviewers. They are really looking for someone who is passionate about the recruitment industry. Also, the team manager is looking for some market knowledge of your selected specialism.

    Interview Questions
    • Can you tell me how do Boolean Search for a particular positions in HSBC?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Trainee Recruitment COnsultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Hays plc in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I telephoned direct to ask for an interview. I was seen the following day. Interview was very professional. Definitely glad I did a lot of research on the company itself.

    Interview Questions
    • 1st interview, straight into a role-play. Telephone call (cold call) with a new client who is advertising with someone else. Get their business by telling them you have a candidate lined up.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Recruitment Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    After the company checked my cv and resume, I was invited for the assessment centre with other 6 candidates. I was assessed for my capabilities and basic knowledge regarding the industry and the job through various ways such as presentation, role-playing, and so on. Few days later, I was invited for several face-to-face interviews with directors and team leaders. After 2 months of process, they asked for my referees' contact for the reference check, and finally gave me an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Choose a statement in the list and make a 3min speech to make others to agree on the statement.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Trainee Recruitment COnsultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Hays plc in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied via company website. Got a call back and had a very simple phone interview, what motivates you, why you'd be good etc.

    Face to face interview- competency based. Tell me a time when etc.

    Assessment centre- Lots of role plays. In the role plays always try to secure a meeting with the client.
    They will throw objections at you that you won't have a clue about. Just have to think on your feet and don't get flustered.

    Whole process is very slick. They do a good job of selling the company to you.

    Interview Questions
    • One of the role plays is selling someone's CV. There will be a problem/gap with their CV- just make a feasible explanation for this.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Recruitment Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Hays plc in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    3 stage interview - very thorough. Business seems like it values its staff, reputation and clients. Would recommend on basis that company has been around for a long time, they are worldwide and can offer very fast progression if you're committed to your job and good at sales.

    Word of advice - be yourself, don't lie, smile, be on time (10 mins early), RESEARCH the company and name of person/s interviewing you, PREPARE for the interview.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Associate Recruitment Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Hays plc in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    First stage telephone interview over what I knew about recruitment and why I wanted to get into it. Second stage face-to-face competency based and some role plays.
    Third stage assessment day with role plays, introduction to the team and face-to-face with a director.

    Interview Questions
    • A presentation based on a quote you were provided with. 1 minute preparation then 3-5 minutes presentation on the topic.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I would advise to ask in detail the terms and conditions of the offer, such as job title, start date and salary. Also about the commission structure, as to gain a better understanding of what the package includes.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Associate Recruitment Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Hays plc in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was a bit of a whirlwind, having a brief telephone discussion, followed by a short internal interview on a Monday. Then they got me in for an assessment centre on the following Friday and, after various tasks throughout the day, offered me the job at the end of the assessment day.

    Interview Questions
    • "Why do you want to work in recruitment?"   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I should have negotiated more, being naive I just took the first thing that they offered me.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Recruitment Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at Hays plc.

    Interview Details

    Very professional. Telephone Interview, One on One interview, Group Assessment Day, Finals Interviews. Pretty run of the mill, but be expected to know a lot about recruitment industry as a whole, competitors etc, find out as much as you can about the company, their computer systems etc, The aggressive behavior I've seen at other group assessment days with other recruitment companies simply not tolerated, professional and friendly but firm is your best way to go. Be prepare to be challenged to the brink though, they want to see you can stand up under pressure. Very supportive interviewers.

    Interview Questions
    • Roleplays- phone, meeting with clients. You pick the title of your role play at complete random so it could be a nightmare or easy, just be confident and focused.

      Question in particular.... they will get very deep into your motivations, your aspirations, career hopes for next ten years and want to understand your personality
       
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    Negotiation Details
    None
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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