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Hays plc Recruitment Consultant Interview Questions & Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated Jun 8, 2014
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Recruitment Consultant
London, England (UK)

I applied in-person and 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.

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Sheffield, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Hays plc in April 2014.

Interview Details – Telephone interview, talking through your cv, you were then invited to the assessment day, which included group activities, role plays and question and answer, then after we were invited for a final interview with the director and senior manager

Interview Question – Role plays on selling candidates to clients   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation

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Recruitment Consultant
Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Hays plc in March 2014.

Interview Details – Stage One - Telephone interview
     - questions about why you want the job and why you'd be good at it - everyone must pass this stage?!

Stage Two - Competency based Face-to-Face Interview
    - Same as stage one, only in person. They will spring a role play on you, so be prepared to act out a sales pitch. They are looking for composure, ability to sell coherently, they want the candidate placed in one way or another, so things like offering training posts and temps come in handy - they love that.

Stage Three - Assessment Centre
     - Presentation on a topic of their choice - unseen. You one minute to prepare, two minutes to present. This is easy and they just want you to be calm under pressure.
     - Selling a candidate - You get a CV and rank in a team, you then role play to sell your candidate. I had the hardest candidate to sell but got him work experience, others had outstanding candidates but didn't get anywhere. It is tough, but it's a great insight.
   - Business Development Call - You get an unseen topic and then (back to back with an assessor) you role play a phone call. My topic was that the client had been sent a mailer, and I was giving them a courtesy call. All you need to do is bare in mind that every single role play is sales based, so try and sell them someone even if it doesn't really seem to fit in with your topic. Booking a meeting goes down very well.
   - Writing a job advert - waste of time, they don't even look at it and leave the room to decide whether you're through or not wilst you're doing it.

Stage Four - Director.
  - You meet a director in the centre that you've applied for. Because the assessment centre can take you away from your chosen office, you don't meet anyone from where you will potentially be working until this interview, which is daft really. They also have little idea of how you have performed, other than you are sat in front of them so you must have done okay. This stage trades really on your sales history. If you haven't got one, then you've been strung along for three interviews because this is likely to be the end of the road for you. They go hard at you, which is fair enough, but this stage lets down the whole process. Or at least it did in the Cambridge centre. I didn't get the job, but I've had experiences of other firms since then who have been more professional and much more respectful.

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Recruitment Consultant
Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Hays plc in April 2014.

Interview Details – 4 stage interview process.
First stage was just a basic phone interview, why do you want the job, what skills do you have that would make you a good recruitment consultant, why hays etc.
Second stage was a face to face interview which was mostly competency based with a little role play at the end, around one hour long.
Third stage was to be an assessment centre where I was told it would be more role play, selling skills etc but in a group situation. However didn't attend as was offered a position with another company.

Interview Question – From my experience there was nothing that was unexpected or difficult. Standard competency based questions that should be fine with a bit of perpetration done.   Answer Question

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Recruitment Consultant

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Hays plc.

Interview Details – Interview face to face with one or more managers/ directors
Assessment centre

Interview Question – Do you think recruitment is more HR or sales?   Answer Question

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Recruitment Consultant

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Hays plc.

Interview Details – The interview process is quite unstructured and each country has its own framework
The company values extroversion more than everything, they like aggressive and risk taking consultants.
Show your competitive side.

Interview Question – They can ask you how much do you want to earn, Don't hesitate giving high values, as there is a high variable component on salaries.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – for consultant level there is no much margin for negotiations. The salary ranges are defined.

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Recruitment Consultant
Manchester, England (UK)

I applied through college or university and interviewed at Hays plc.

Interview Details – Intitial telephone interview - very basic. Why do you want the job? What experiences do you have?
Face to face interview - going through CV and pointing out how your experiences can help you in the job - sales focused
Assessment centre - group and individual tasks - introduce yourself, given a quote and need to argue for or against it, pitch a candidate to a client, given a random scenario and need to pretend you are having a telephone conversation
If successful, you are given another one on one interview with the senior manager of your 'would be' team

Interview Question – Manager on pretend telephone call can be very harsh and abrupt   Answer Question

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