Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
Interviews for Top Jobs at Pareto Law
- Sales (2)
- Consultant (1)
- Graduate Recruitment Consultant (1)
- Graduate Sales Engineer (1)
- Graduate Sales Executive (1)
- Graduate Sale Scheme (Egress) (1)
- Assessment Day (1)
- Pareto Law - Sungard (Sungard Sales Academy) (1)
- Account Manager (1)
- Interview Details
It was competency based. So there was about 40 of us present on that day and they split us into group and we had to go through group exercises and these show your attributes as a team worker. This process is kind of like the apprentice the people floating about and not contributing are the first ones to go. Then after the 3 competency rounds you have to do a 3 minute presentation about why you want to work in your field. I saw many people there with cards and other pieces of paper. I went there with nothing and spoke full on and really showed them what I am made of. I was 1 of the 5 people that made it through the process.Interview Questions
- You have a 3 minute presentation so best advice I can give is no stuttering and no "urm" or "err" Answer Question
- Application Details
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Pareto Law in October 2014.Interview Details
Assessment Centre - lasted almost 9 hours.
Group activity - focusing on debate/being outspoken. get yourself heard!
Presentation - 3 minutes presentation to be prepared beforehand. Short questions afterwards, a few didnt even get questions.
about 40% of the time was waiting period. Regardless, good experience for my first assessment centre.Interview Questions
No OfferDifficult Interview
- No unexpected question, it's about how well you can stand out from the rest. View Answer
- Interview Details
Relatively shorter day compared to other assessment days I have heard about, I was finished by 1pm. Result given on the day. Had to stand and give our name, greatest achievement and star sign, then divided into groups for two activities. The second half was presentation and 1-1 interview. The 1-1 is just a Q & A rather than a serious interview.Interview Questions
- Group work was quite tedious and not very relevant. Answer Question
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Passed the telephone interview which was really straightforward just general questions like where do you see yourself in 5 years, how would your friends describe you, what are your 3 main strengths etc. after this is the one day assessment centre, where you start off by introducing yourself to the group and talk about your best achievement to date. you are then divided in two groups and given two group exercises within the specified time limit. Towards the end of the day you have a 3 min presentation and a informal one to one interview. Remember you are assessed all throughout the dayInterview Questions
No OfferAverage Interview
- If you're none of the questions should be difficult, just participate in all the group assessments and give a flawless presentation. View Answer
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I applied online. The process took 3 days – interviewed at Pareto Law in August 2014.Interview Details
They asked questions such as what do you feel about sales? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are you motivated by? On a scale of 1-10, how competitive would you say you are? etc.
Following a phone call interview, I was invited to the assessment center 2 days later in London. I was emailed lots of documents which outlined the activities for the day, as well as tips and hints for the activities.
I attended a 9AM to a what was a supposed to be 12PM assessment center, but it actually went over the estimated time by over an hour. There is a very large group of candidates, perhaps 30. There are 3-4 other employers present during the day, thus the job is not limited to a Recruitment Consultant role, but other sales roles for other companies.
After everyone has been signed in and completes a personality test, it starts with everyone giving an introduction. You are asked to say your name, languages you can speak, and your greatest non-academic achievement. You will be a few questions related to what you have mentioned after your introduction.
You will be broken into 4 groups to complete 2 tasks.
The first task is similar to 'Prisonner's Dilemma', you and another team are to complete the grid and score maximum points. They do not tell you must else other than that, as you are to figure out that this task is not exactly a competition between the other team, but simply score maximum points which will require both teams to cooperate.
The second task is the NASA survival list, where you have to prioritise items on the list, having crashed on the moon.
- Refreshment Break -
Crisps, fruits and jugs of squash are provided.
Presentations and applications occur at the same time. You will be called one by one for the presentation, which you will be asked to prepare beforehand, and you will have to present why you want to work in sales and why you think you are the perfect candidate. You are only given 3 minutes, so make sure you fit everything into them 3 minutes.
They will also be completing application forms, which consists of the basic name, degree, school, location preferred, industry preferred, expected salary, and such. You may also be asked to give contacts of people you know who they may contact for recruitment.
- Decision time -
While they are deciding, you are to listen to their presentation on how to present yourself, and time to ask questions. After that was finished, we were left in the room with a member of the team who acted very unprofessional, although it may seem friendly, but in my opinion they were not communicating with us in a very mature manner. We had to wait a long time, before being called into 3 groups to different rooms, which is when they revealed whether we were successful or not. I'm guessing one is for those who are successful with Pareto Law, one successful for other roles/companies, and those who are not successful.
It was my first experience of going to an assessment center, so I guess a good opportunity to experience what they are like. However, I did not have a good impression from the company and of the assessment center as a whole. It did not seem very skills based to me, but all talk. It seemed like those who had a lot to say, loud, and had a lot to brag about during the day were successful.Interview Questions
No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
- Although I was given the activities before the assessment center, I was really taken back with the grid activity. It happened and was explained too fast for me to process. Answer Question
- Application Details
I applied through other source. The process took 2 days – interviewed at Pareto Law in July 2014.Interview Details
The interview process starts with the company coming into contact with your CV through various means, usually through CV banks. One of their recruitment agents calls you up and gets you to talk about yourself, your motivations and tells you about the job they have on offer.
If you are interested in the role you then you have a telephone interview, this is a pretty standard interview asking you about your motivations, goals in the next 5 years, why you choose your degree subject and why you would be interested in a career in sales. All you need to do is make it sound that you want the position as well as using examples to back up your statements.
If you pass this, which you should do easily if you're talkative, you will be invited to a assessment day. This take place in Pareto's office in london, mine was supposed to last from 1PM- 6PM. At the beginning of the day you are asked to stand up and state your name, a internationally famous person (Living or dead) who you admire or look up to and you greatest non academic achievement. This process takes far too long as with 40~ people.standing up and speaking with follow up questions asked is time consuming, this took 1:30 hours in mine. This part of the process should be combined with the group stages.
After this you are broken into 4 groups and given 2 tasks to do, The first of these was all your famous figures are stuck on a raft together which is sinking and you have to throw half of them overboard. A pretty standard assessment day activity which as long as you're taking part your should be fine, try and take on a leadership role if you can as it makes you look better.
The second activity is a prioritisation exercise, you are stranded after a plane crash in the desert and you have to decide from a list of items a priority order list. The way to pass this exercise is to focus on the rescue aspect of the task rather than the survival aspect, if you get this task the highest priority item is the mirror as you can signal for help.
After this you get a "refreshment break" which consisted of a plate or two of crisps with some jugs of squash, you definitely want to have a meal before you go to this day.
One to One and presentation:
After all this they start calling people to do one to ones and your presentations, By this point (4:30PM for me) it was quite obvious who was going to get the role, those that would be considered for other roles and those that hadn't got anything. The one to one consisted of a brief chat with someone from pareto in which they took down all your details as well as asking you about holidays, commuting distance and how likely you where to take up the job if offered. This is a waste of time as most of these details would be on your CV which they have or would have been mentioned in the telephone stages.
The presentation consists of what you would expect, there are two people in the room and you aren't allowed to use powerpoint or visual aids. The two people that listened to mine seemed interested and asked no questions after i had finished, you also had no opportunity to ask them questions. If you get an interviewer who is asking you loads of questions it is likely that they are considering you for the role or have another role in mind if you dont then you might as well go home now.
Whilst all this is going on you are supposed to be in your groups working on a 2 minute presentation about a 2050 olympic bid, this task is a pointless filler exercise which has no impact on the final decision and simply there to give your groups something to do while the long process of interviewing and deciding goes on. This entire section took over 3 hours with the eventual finish time been repeatedly pushed back so we finished at 7:45PM. Most people eventually clicked on that this task was a time filler and didn't count and became slightly cynical about the whole process.
After the repeated delays everyone was divided into three groups and lead off in different directions for their respective outcomes to be shared.
Overall the assessment day is pretty generic and a worthwhile experience if you've never been to one before to gain an idea of how they work. If you're not that into sales or not totally sold into going into sales then this day may not be the best use of your time.Interview Questions
No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
- The presentation title was "why I want a career in IT sales and why Egress should select me" Answer Question
- Application Details
I applied online. The process took 1+ week – interviewed at Pareto Law in March 2014.Interview Details
1) Meet and greet in front of other graduates/recruiters
2) Two group exercises
3) One-on-one interviews
4) Time killing task whilst they make their decision
Pareto Law is a recruitment agency that undertakes the recruitment process for external employers. The application process consisted of an online application. This was then followed up by a phone call to arrange a telephone interview. The telephone interview itself wasn't too difficult to be honest. They just started off by asking a few questions about yourself and your past work experience - the usual questions such as demonstrate a time when you worked as part of a team to achieve something, where would you rate yourself on a scale of 1 - 10 with regards to being a leader etc... I was then invited to attend an assessment day at their Wilmslow assessment centre (Manchester).
This was where it got interesting as I had never attended one of these before. It basically consisted of an meet and greet where you stand up in a room with all the recruiters and the other graduates, (in the region of about 50-60), and talk about your biggest achievement in life so far for a minute or so, followed by a few questions by a Pareto employee.
Then we were broken up into about 4/5 groups to do the group exercises which consisted of a colours/numbers task. Listen to the instructions carefully - the task is not to 'win' as you may interpret it, (in fact, there is no way to win because all other groups have differing colours/numbers tables). The objective is to get the highest possible numbers for your particular group table. Sorry I can't give you more information on this, it wasn't my strongest point throughout the day!
Then we have another task where we have to rate a list of items in order of importance to us if we were stranded on the moon. Apparently this is a task that they gave to NASA astronauts.
We then had the one-on-one interviews that were more of a presentation that we had to prepare before coming to the actual assessment centre detailing first of all, why we want a career in sales, and secondly, why Pareto should choose you. It is timed (3 minutes i think?) so pace yourself, stick to the time and don't come under or over the time limit.
Then there was a time killing task to basically keep us busy whilst the recruiters made their mind up.Interview Questions
Reasons for Declining
- Standing up in a room of about 60 scrutinising graduates and potential employers and saying my star sign and what my proudest non-academic life achievement is. Answer Question
I was put into the 'middle group' meaning that I was neither going to be offered a broad range of job choices to be put forward for, nor was I unsuccessful. They said that my skills matched very particular sales roles but not all of them.
I decided not to actually pursue applying for further jobs as I felt that after being in an environment with other sales graduates and potential future colleagues, sales was not really for me.Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
- Interview Details
There were TOOOO many people present
Was incredibly long and in the assessment centre sometimes didn't pick up what it was looking for.
Was very interesting and a good experience if your first assessment centre.Reasons for Declining
I wanted a sales job, not a sales careerDeclined Offer
- Application Details
The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Pareto Law in April 2012.Interview Details
Group interview. Didn't seem very skills based, more about whether they liked your personality or not.Interview Questions
No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
- No specific questions. You had to give a presentation on why you wanted to work there and why you wanted a career in sales Answer Question
- Application Details
The process took 3 days – interviewed at Pareto Law in November 2009.Interview Details
Phone call, offer onto assessment day. Not clear that 2nd stage still interview until you get there. Big group, high churn. Massive skew towards commission (revealed begrudgingly). Applied as a client, ended up getting placed onto hiring process for them! Big pitch on Youtube etc - comments aren't all positive.Interview QuestionsReasons for Declining
Clearly massive churn, immensely salesy (horn went off during interview and people danced behind glass door after securing contract), I applied as a client and they tried to hire me themselves, which was aggressive to say the least.Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
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