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National Audit Office Interview Questions in United Kingdom

Updated May 27, 2017
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    Assistant Auditor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at National Audit Office (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Standard do mpetency questions, followed by 45 minute telephone interview - asked two questions about 4 competencies, then assessment centre. Assessment centre consisted of written case study exercise, group budgeting activity, interview with auditing director and client presentation/questions. Very efficient HR department and majority of people spoke to were very friendly.

    Interview Questions

    • What are the challenges facing prisons? (I work in a prison currently)   Answer Question

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    Assistant Auditor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at National Audit Office (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    The first stage of the process was an application form asking for motivations. This was followed by psychometric testing (mostly numerical reasoning). This was followed by a 45-minute telephone interview. The next stage of the process is an assessment centre, comprised of four tasks including presentation, group activity, one to one interview, and written assessment.

    Interview Questions

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    Assistant Auditor Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at National Audit Office in February 2017.

    Interview

    First a numerical reasoning test after an initial application form. If successful at this stage you then answer 4 competency questions.
    This then led onto a telephone interview and finally an assessment centre.
    The assessment centre comprised of a: case study, group exercise, presentation prepared on the day and a final interview

    Interview Questions

    • Should certain government departments have their funding ring fenced?   Answer Question

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    Assistant Auditor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at National Audit Office (London, England (UK)) in February 2017.

    Interview

    (this is the same as the graduate scheme for studying the ACA) Interview had 3 stages, a phone interview which was done a couple of weeks after I sent in my application, and then a group assessment and a one to one interview on the same day.

    The phone interview asks standard competency questions - it would be useful to check the list of NAO / civil service competencies, then tailor your answers so as to meet multiple competencies with each answer.

    The assessment day had a group assessment, a written task and a one to one interview.

    The group assessment led to everyone having their own pack of information. You had to collate it together as a group as a short report for your line manager and draw in all of the key facts. They're still looking for the competencies, so do you show leadership? Do you show discussion? Do you focus on the facts? etc

    The written task is along a similar vein except that it's done on your own and you are drawing information from one key source only. I suggest writing shorthand notes and then writing it up formally afterwards. Presentation in terms of handwriting is not important BUT presentation in terms of layout is, so plan accordingly.

    The one to one interview involved standard competency questions (similar to the phone interview) but also a debate on a current issues topic. I was asked about cuts to education and the NHS and my views. Be careful, this is a trick question! What competencies are they looking for in an auditor? Focus on the facts and figures - that's pretty important.

    I really enjoyed the entire interview process. The staff at the NAO were very professional and clearly wanted to put candidates at ease and get rid of nerves.

    I was successful and starting there this year! :) Best of luck if you decide to apply.

    Interview Questions

    • What are your thoughts on the educational cuts?   Answer Question
    • What are your thoughts on the cuts to the NHS? Should we privatize the NHS_?   Answer Question

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    Trainee Chartered Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at National Audit Office in December 2016.

    Interview

    Telephone interview with friendly conversation to get you relaxed and comfortable (if you are able to) followed by a series of competency based questions and finishing with your motivation for applying to this role. They are mostly silent during your answers and tend only to speak if you prompt them.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time that you noticed a mistake and how did you work to amend it?   Answer Question

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    Graduate Audit Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at National Audit Office (London, England (UK)) in June 2016.

    Interview

    First you have to fill in the application form, this consists of the usual stuff like work experience and education in addition to a few competency based questions (which are based on their key competencies found on the website). If you are successful at this stage you will be invited to a phone interview where the main focus was the key competencies. For my interview the person on the other end of the phone was lovely and really wanted to make it as relaxed as possible. The interview lasted approximately 40 minutes.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you had to do a project and communicate the ideas to someone else?   Answer Question

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    Assistant Auditor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at National Audit Office (London, England (UK)) in February 2016.

    Interview

    The first stage was a telephone interview which asked me competency based questions directly linked to the company's core competencies. They also asked the obvious, why the NAO and why audit questions.

    I then went to an assessment centre, which was comprised of a partner interview, a one on one presentation, a team exercise, a written test and a numerical test.

    Interview Questions

    • The Most unexpected question i was asked was about what role private companies should play in the NHS.   1 Answer
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at National Audit Office (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    A somewhat challenging reasoning and mathematics test, done online before interviews.

    Brief phone interview followed. Standard questions, such as "what do you know about the NAO?"

    The physical interview had two parts.

    Short case study: had to find important value-for-money facts in evidence from a fictional government department's trash-collection scheme. Then presented findings to 2 interviewers.

    Second bit had competency questions, a database question, a bit more about the NAO's outputs, and personal motivation. Had a question designed to see if I could explain complex topics (my Master's project). Asked if comfortable with qualitative analysis.

    Overall the interview was fair. I'd call it easy, but it was well-designed to draw relevant information from me. Could be tough if you don't know what they do.

    Interview Questions


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    Economist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at National Audit Office (London, England (UK)) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Two people interviewing.
    Started off with a few competency questions.
    Included a fairly easy numerical test.
    Test had a time limit of 15 minutes.
    The interview lasted for about 50 minutes.
    Included ver specific micro-economics and macro-economics questions.
    Offer was given in less than 5 working days.

    Interview Questions


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    Assistant Auditor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at National Audit Office (London, England (UK)) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Online application form followed by an online numerical test. Then a 45-minute competency-based preliminary interview followed by a full assessment day with: case study, group exercise, presentation (prepared on the day) and a director interview.

    Interview Questions

    • "Tell us about a situation where you noticed a mistake and how your rectified it". Caught me off guard and my answer was not good.   Answer Question

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