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Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at BT (London, England (UK)) in August 2015.
I randomly received a phone call from a recruitment agency called IOPEX. The recruiter confirmed that they had seen my CV on another recruitment agency website and thought my experience would fit the role. I received the job description on the 10th August and a telephone interview was arranged for later that day. Prior to the telephone interview I had asked the recruiter who would be on the call, he confirmed that his senior at the recruitment agency. I asked if anyone from BT would be on the conference call.....no reply. Whilst in conference, a programme manager from IOPEX who was seconded to BT joins the call and the telephone interview commences. Whilst trying to answer the questions the senior recruiter starts telling jokes about the recent Ashes score etc. totally unprofessional and rather off putting. Some how I managed to secure a face to face interview with the BT programme manager at head office scheduled for the 12th August. Interview went well, it was a rather relaxed interview but all the questions were answered. After sending follow up emails twice a week to the recruiter, I finally received some news via email that was extremely short, no feedback and rather rude. Overall a terrible interview process.
- Please tell me about your previous experience? 1 Answer
- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at BT (London, England (UK)) in March 2015.
In-house recruiter responded to an job application. Process of getting interview organised was quick and painless. Recruiting managers were helpful, good company and very bright. Started with a 30 minute case study around a bunch of KPI's (make a recommendation on what you'd do with the proposition, based on these numbers). Then a competency round, then onto CV.
- "How many people born in 2013 were called Gary? Tell us how you arrive at your answer" 1 Answer
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at BT (London, England (UK)) in March 2015.
Its a whole day process, they you start with an introduction of the role and the company. You are not being judged at this stage. You then go off to complete a presentation to the interviewer you would have prepared beforehand. After this there is a numerical test then a group task.
- Why do you want to enter finance Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at BT (Watford, East of England, England (UK)) in March 2015.
The interview process was registration skye video interview and assessment centre. The next stage was a skype video interview, where I was asked Questions about my CV. So if you are putting anything about a previous job on your C.V., be sure to prepare and remember your roles. There were questions about working in a team. There were questions about your experience at the university. For University students, there will be questions about your degree programme and your expectations. In all, be sure to correlate your answers to all the questions with all the BT values. E,g, "... During my university programme, I developed a flare for securing information systems. I wanted to be able to provide positive "changes" to the world of IT security." There were also technical questions about the OSI model. There were also questions about the latest trends in technology. Ensure you research on that, even if you are not asked, you can chip in an example of the latest trend in technology while answering a question. There were competency questions about stating a time when you effect a technological change or a time when you used technology to solve a problem or a time when you worked as a team. The point line is that every question is centred about you proving that you have a strong genuine interest for technology and that your personality conforms with BT values. The next stage was the Assessment centre. Four phases: Group Discussion, SWOT ANalysis, Presentation and Technical Interview and this arrangement can be in any order. Group Discussion tips: ALWAYS ENGAGE OTHERS (ESPECIALLY THE QUIET ONES) during the group discussion. You will be in a room with about 5 people. Each of you will be given a separate proposal of a business project and will be timed. You must read the project and as a group agree to adopt one of the proposals within the specified time.The assessors/interviewers will be in the same room with you. Your proposal must not be picked. It is a test to see how well you can work as a team and how well you can sell an idea.So find a balance during the discussion, ensure you engage others by calling them by their names. Ensure you provide strong reasons about why you think your proposal is a great prospect and why you think it should be adopted. Avoid confrontations with the other candidates who may not understand this. If someone challenges your proposal. You can say "Hmmm...intersting view...but can we hear the opinion of John (another candidate)" after which you then still suggest that your proposal is a great idea. The discussion is timed so you will need to work with time. about a few minutes before the time elapses, smartly move the motion for the group to adopt the proposal you feel is the best, if the discussion is not tending towards adopting your proposal. No worries about that. In all, be smart, be respectful, dont be intimidated and also be enthusiastic about your proposal. DO NOT INTERRUPT OTHERS WHEN THEY ARE SPEAKING. SWOT (STRNGHTS, WEAKNESS, OPPORTUNITIES,THREATS) ANALYSIS: For the SWOT ANALYSIS, u will be given a proposal to a business idea by BT. You would be expected to conduct a Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and threat Analysis on this proposal. However, I stongly recommend you do your own research and try a couple of examples of SWOT analysis in preparation before that day. Ensure you write legigbly so that all your points can be clearly seen and understood. You will be timed.So ensure you practice and remember your points. After completing the Analysis, your sheets will be taken from you and you will be interviewed separetly regarding you analysis. Technical questions will be asked. So be sure you prepare well enough for the SWOT. PRESENTATION: You will be given a presentation topic related to technology on the day you get your invitation to the assessment centre. However, ensure you practice and prepare well enough in front of a friend or colleague. Remember to use your hands and body language when preparing. DOnt just stand like a tree and make a presentation. ALso remember to take a few steps when presentation. Engage the audience of the presentation. For instance..."Tecchnology has made lives easier,"YOU" can now make online bank transactions,etc" and when you say "YOU", you point your hands in their directions. I recommend you watch videos of some excellent speech makers like Ben Carson and Lamido Sanusi. notice their body language. Technical Interview: This phase is a face to face interview regarding your understanding of technology. There will be conceptual questions. Like "What would be your first step as a an IT security personell if you were to assess an organization's information security system". Doing a research on Firewalls and other Network security techniques would be good. God bless you.
- When was a time you used technology to implement change. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at BT (London, England (UK)) in February 2015.
I had a first round of Skype interview, last about 45mins. Then there will be an assessment centre. I was told that I passed the screen interview, but have not yet been informed for the actual date of assessment centre.
- A lot of behaviour questions. Why BT? Why you? and also BT's company value. Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at BT (London, England (UK)) in January 2015.
Final day assessment centre: SWOT analysis in 45 mins. Group exercise analysing different investment routes for BT to take and must come to a decision together. Individual presentation on your values aligned with BT values and BT's path for the future. Personal Interview with standard competency questions. They dig quite deep into volunteer work.
- What volunteer work you have done? 1 Answer
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at BT (London, England (UK)) in January 2015.
2/3 stage process involving: phone screen interview with HR/recruitment team, then 1:1 interview with the hiring line manger & then finally case study presentation in front of 3 people panel (line manager, his/her peer & a peer to the role i was interviewing for). Quite long process 2-3 weeks in all.
- What would you do in the role? Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at BT (London, England (UK)).
Approached by a recruitment company, I was presenting my paper at a young members technology conference. Had a chat over coffee, met a manager for an informal interview the next day, then was invited to an assessment centre the following week. Received a job offer the day after. (This was in November, the programme was starting the following September)
- The role play exercise is challenging Answer Question
It was a graduate programme, so assumed salary was set and only golden hello was negotiable
Helpful (3)Accepted Offer
I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at BT (London, England (UK)).
HR led capability interviews that are really annoying for people who want to talk about the job, whether you can do it and whether you want to do it.
- Most of it unless you are luckily enough not to have a HR person in the room and can talk about the job and what is required Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at BT (London, England (UK)) in July 2013.
Through a consultant, who was very helpful. Communications were open and informative. I felt we briefed before the interview, knew names of interviews, key focus areas. Told this was a one stage process, helpful prep advice. The consultant approached me about the role, I hadn't gone looking. Arrival at BT HQ was painless and staff were pleasant. Interview was was a shocking experience. Bear in mind this is a role within HR/L&D for a £60k salary. The kinda place where you expect to see good practice modelled. A minor point is that the interview panel was not as had been advised, one of the two was different. Was told that this was part of a multi stage process, not as had been advised previously 'one stage'. The line manager for the role was rather dismissive and sneering in her approach. Her HR colleague was fine. No questions seemed to have been prepared, they both seemed to be winging it. The questions that the lead interviewer asked seemed to involve scanning my CV and then asking me about something I hadn't done. I'd prepared well, matching my experience with to role description preparing knowledge and experiences that related to the key role requirements etc. Sadly none of it paid off. They seemed to be interviewing for a completely different job. Clearly we weren't a match made in heaven. The lead interviewer had a knack of focusing in on what I hadn't done or didn't know and little interest in anything else. It was as if she was out to 'take me down a peg or two.' I am a reasonably confident person with good experience and knowledge. I've just secured a job with a global world class brand at a higher level and in the same discipline to this role... so can't be utterly rubbish; this interview seemed as though they wanted to demonstrate that I was and that I was wasting their time. Bleurgh. The recruiter has tried many times since to have a teleconference with the lead interviewer to get feedback. I understand that I wasn't the only candidate to report an unpleasant experience. Nothing. I eventually got a form to claim expenses for the day. They had to be asked to provide that info. I sent my forms to the named contact. First they replied and asked me why I was making a claim on behalf of another candidate, copying him in. When I said I wasn't, I am a candidate in my own right, the reply came "you sent these to the wrong person, I am not dealing with that job. Ask your agency who to send them to"... "I did, they gave me forms with your name on".... "Ask them to find out, it's not me, I am not dealing with that job". You get the picture. I did get my expenses back. Not all of them. I couldn't claim for station car parking, it would have taken me over their limit!
- This role has a large focus on Organisational Design to improve decision making, what do you know about that? 1 Answer
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