Hays plc Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 18, 2014
Updated Aug 18, 2014
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  1.  

    Trainee Recruitment COnsultant Interview

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

    I interviewed 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Recruitment Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 4 days - interviewed at Hays plc in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    1) PHONE INTERVIEW:
    General questions, why do you want to get into recruitment? How would you build up your candidate base? (Advertise jobs, interview people, use your own network) How do you feel about targets? Why do you want to work for Hays?

    2) FACE TO FACE
    Tell me a time you exceeded customer expectations. What type of people do you not get on with. What route has taken you to recruitment? How do you deal with rejection?
    SELLING A CANDIDATE TO A CLIENT ROLE PLAY (see the advice given below)

    3) ASSESSMENT CENTER
    a) Presentation on a certain topic. You have to say if you are pro or against the statement
    b) Selling a candidate to a client. (see the advice given below)
    c) Business development call based on a certain topic
    d) Writing a job advert (look at the Hays website as they have heaps on it, the way they want it)

    4) INTERVIEW WITH A DIRECTOR
    I didn't get to this stage

    All my advice is based on the feedback i got from the director on the stuff i did wrong

    Interview Questions
    • Role play selling a candidate to a client.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
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    Recruitment Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Sent in application. Called in for an interview. Friendly interviewers. Huge focus on their core beliefs and competencies. Interview was conducted by four individuals in succession. Questions were competency based (give an example of time when...)

    No Offer
  6.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The hiring process includes an Interview with the Regional Director. A well prepared candidate will find it very easy and comfortable. Knowledge about the company - values, vision and about the recruitment industry will benefit a lot. Knowing about your work and being able to talk about your achievements confidently will be a huge plus.

    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Recruitment Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through other source - interviewed at Hays plc.

    Interview Details

    I applied when I participated in the London Career forum event and had a short, 10 min interview on the same day where I was asked general questions regarding my background and interest in Hays. I was called back to the assessment centre where there were 4 different exercises- including selling a candidate, individual sales presentation, group work/discussion, and role playing. Finally, I was called back for a Skype interview with the senior division director.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Senior Consultant Interview

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

    I interviewed online. The process took 4 days - interviewed at Hays plc in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    very big on their hays core values and is very important to revise these, like people to have good knowledge of company background in terms of specialisms and countries operating etc. They like people who are not afraid to use the phone so come across in that manner, very big on sales and business development. Interview process starts with phone interview must come across eager and motivated and well prepared. Then a formal interview, then a stage where you will be asked to sell a product to them which they will select on the spot, you will then be presented with a CV told to revise it for 20 mins then sell it to them, key is to always push for an interview at the end. You then may or may not be asked into the office and get to do a business development sales call. After that they may offer or you may require to then meet your potentially selected line manager.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult would be the on the spot sales   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Slight negotiation on salary but that was it. They recently changed their associate consultant to £17.5k basic instead of £20k like when I started, I however have known people to secure the £20k
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Recruitment Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through other source. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Hays plc in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied for Hays Japan. Went to the London Career Forum and had an informal 10 minutes interview. Was invited to their Assessment Centre which consisted of:
    -Individual sales presentation
    -Selling a candidate
    -Making a business development call

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Recruitment Consultant Interview

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

    I interviewed in-person. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Hays plc in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    2 face to face interviews with different directors
    no phone interview - very friendly at interview - must show drive and passion and you will be fine!
    cut throat environment but you must rise to the challenge and portray this at interview stage to convey your personality as it is all about personality.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Graduate Recruitment Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Hays plc in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    We had an informal meeting at first where I met other graduates. We also met top recruiters who told us of their experience. It was an amazing day and had a good feeling about the company and am excited to proceed with my application.

    Interview Questions
    • Not really unexpected but this question requires you to know your cv in and out and the skills you gained from the various roles. Plus how you will use these skills as a recruiter. I used examples right from the simple part time jobs I have done.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    It was due to unavoidable personal circumstances

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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