Pareto Law Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Graduate Sale Scheme (Egress) Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through other source and 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 Question – The presentation title was "why I want a career in IT sales and why Egress should select me" Answer Question
Sales Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Pareto Law
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.
Reason for Declining – I wanted a sales job, not a sales career
Sales Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
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 Question – 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
Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
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.
- Please give an example of when you haven't felt confident Answer Question
- What is your greatest weakness? View Answer
Reason 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.