I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Portland Group in October 2013.
Interview Details – First interview involved an excel exercise. This consisted of a spreadsheet of data that needed to be manipulated and some calculations / functions performed to answer a number of questions relating to the data. Be sure to read the questions properly before attempting an answer and familarise yourself with pivot tables and vlookups and you will be fine. In addition to the data manipulation exercise you will need to explain how you reached your answers.
Interview Question – Nothing too difficult, expect generic interview questions in addition to the data manipulation exercise - why do you want to work for Portland etc. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Portland Group in January 2013.
Interview Details – Three step process. The first is the analytical process... they give you an excel spreadsheet for you to analyse in a short period of time. It is basically procurement and cost saving opportunities. If you are familiar with pivot tables thats all you need!
The second interview is behavioural and case study. For the case you need to be organised and structured in the way you think. Sometimes they do a brainstorming session.. be prepared for that! The third interview is another case study and teasing questions with a director and a partner. get used to doing calculations on strange things like how many black cats in australia
Interview Question – Ok... How many black cats in Australia... and How many golf ball in a 747 Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Not the company I was looking for. Too focused on procurement.
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