Hays plc
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Hays plc Interview Questions & Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated Apr 9, 2014
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Trainee Recruitment Consultant Interview

Anonymous Employee
Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

I applied in-person and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Hays plc in March 2014.

Interview Details – I sent a speculative email to the regional manager who responded within two days. She asked why I was interested in becoming a recruitment consultant. Next was a pre-screening interview, usual questions such as - why? what do you know about recruitment? Describe a time when you overcame a challenge? I passed that, there was an assessment centre however I wasn't able to attend that. I moved on to a one on one interview with a managing director which lasted 1hr 30mins, it was gruelling at times and involved role play. After this was another challenging interview with an executive director, again 1hr 30 mins and he was tough, I won't lie, it was tough, also involved role play, went into depth about recruitment, why hays? what makes us different from our competitors etc? Finally was an informal interview with my would be manager.

Interview Question – Describe a time when you over excelled in your personal life and how could you adapt this to recruitment?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There isn't much room for negotiation.

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Recruitment Consultant Interview

Anonymous Employee

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 Interview

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 Interview

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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Trainee Recruitment Consultant (One Year Internship) Interview

Anonymous Employee
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Hays plc in March 2013.

Interview Details – • Exercise 1: individual sales presentation
AIM: to convince your audience that your argument is credible and worth considering.
• Exercise 2: selling in a candidate
AIM: to sell the unique points of your candidate to complement the job and ensuring you secure an interview.
• Exercise 3: making a business development call
AIM: to build rapport with the organisation and address any previous issues they have had. If there is the opportunity for a visit, to fill a job or offer any service, ensure you suggest it.
• Exercise 4: Producing an advertisement
AIM: to sell Hays to a Seek audience through our Hays Values.

Interview Question – No particularly hard questions, but the first assessment centre I had been to that had such a hands on approach in doing some of the jobs I would have to do in my position.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – As an intern, I wasn't really in the position to negotiate.

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Associate Recruitment Consultant Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied in-person and interviewed at Hays plc.

Interview Details – I called the director of a local branch to find out more about the profession following an introduction through my current job.
I had a telephone interview which lasted around 20 minutes to find out why I was interested in recruitment and why I think I would be suitable.
Had an offer of a face to face interview which if successful would lead to an assessment day.

Interview Question – Give three characteristics you possess which would help you in a career in recruitment.   Answer Question

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Oxford, England (UK)

I applied through other source and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Hays plc in December 2012.

Interview Details – I was head hunted by Hays. I received a phone call from a lovely and enthusiastic man, who spoke of the job he was looking to fill. He then got to know me a little bit more, asked about my motivations in life, my past work experience, what I want to achieve and the type of role in which I was looking for. He invited me to a telephone interview the next working day with him. I was sent a little information about the company and was then told that I would be asked some competency based questions. After the telephone interview, I was told that I would be contacted by on of the managers at the Oxford branch, who will then have a chat with me to see if I would fit the role and the company. This occurred the following day. Again, I was asked about what I wanted to achieve in life, what I knew about the role and why I would like to work for Hays. I was successful and was invited to a formal interview in the Oxford based office. I dressed smartly in a suit and was asked what I knew about the company, how I believe I would be good for the role, what I would bring to the team and where I see myself in five years time. The interviewer also went through my CV and was asking questions along the way, for example how I found previous roles, how I contributed to the businesses in which I worked for and how I felt I achieved at school. I was then asked to talk with two members of the team, including the person I would work with if successful. They informed me of what it was like working for Hays and the day to day challenges they faced. I was invited to the last stag of the interview with the director. This stag was similar to the previous stage. The interviewer was very motivating and it was clear why he has been so successful. I was asked more personal questions for example what I like to do in my spare time and how I feel this may benefit me in the working environment. The director was very impressed with how I presented myself and answered the questions - I was offered the job on the spot.

Interview Question – How do you think the business has been affected in the current financial climate over the past five years, and what would you do to try and work with the challenges faced?   Answer Question

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Graduate Recruitment Consultant Interview

Anonymous Employee
London, England (UK)

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Hays plc in July 2011.

Interview Details – initially had a telephone interview which was then followed by a group assessment and then a 1.1 interview with the manager, the approach was very friendly and progressive much easier than interviews i have been on before. the telephone interview was pretty straight forward asking why you want to go into recruitment what you know about the areas hays work in and then one competency based question which was describe a time when you have had to use entrepreneurial flair. the group assessment again was straight forward, i beleive they were looking to see who contributed to the group when it was time to ask questions, and then you had a group exercise where you had to pretend you were going to open a sandwich shop and they were going to asses how feasible your idea was for investment. the final interview was quite relaxed , he wanted to know what i learned at university and what i though recruitment involved.

Interview Question – give an example of a time when you have demonstrate entrepreneurial flair   Answer Question

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