Just had a telephone interview for the CDC, with a very friendly employee.
I did a great deal of prep and research, using Wikijob among other sources to search for interview questions and CapGemini info.
I would suggest to everyone that they prepare template, bullet pointed answers for their model questions and lay them on a table when the phone call arrives. I had 10 sheets of paper and several notes open on my laptop as model answers.
As for the questions, I can only have been asked around 8, after spending the time to prepare about 30 answers!
Anyway, I had a general conversation to begin with, very informal, chit chatty about various things. When we got down to the interview, they stated that ‘we will now go through the interview process’ and that if successful I will continue to an assessment centre. Please bear in mind that the entire phone call lasted around 40 minutes, and at times we would chat further about particular scenarios or even share a giggle!
Here is roughly everything I was asked:
- Are there any dates you cannot commit to (Undefined time period)
- Are you aware of the travel involved? What are your thoughts on this?
- What do you know about Capgemini? (HUGE ANSWER!)
- Example of a time where you have adapted to change.
- Example of a time you have had to persuade a team of people.
- Example of a time you changed something, a process or situation.
- Example of when you have worked well as part of a team, why was it successful?
- Example of when you have worked as a team, what measures were taken to
keep things on track and achieve targets?
- Interview process complete, are you in any other recruitment processes?
- When are your preferred start dates?
- Any questions for me?
As you can see, heavily based around teamwork. I wasn’t asked anything about competition, although I did prepare for that among several other topics. I was surprised that apart from About Capgemini, all of my questions were competency based and not company knowledge which I had researched extensively.
My advice would be: Use the website, use company profiles online to learn about the company, make model answers to scenario questions, know your CV and use different examples for each question. (I had a ‘backup’ list for any unexpected questions, which basically listed my different achievements since school so I could draw on them spontaneously if required…eg/sports team captain, committee positions held, positions of leadership on uni courses, travel experiences, work experiences etc etc)
In general, I was very happy- I almost wanted to answer more questions!
Apparently the March 2011 intake is pretty much done and dusted, as in it is probably too late to get through an assessment centre AND get an offer, therefore it was suggested that (If successful) I would probably be starting in September. No problem for me, I’m happy to sit on any offer and jet set off for the summer!
Hope this helps everyone, good luck, and if anyone receives an assessment centre date (And I hope I do!) Would be good to discuss beforehand!