Below is a run down of my experience with Dixon Wilson since there is no information regarding this medium firm:
In the 3 hours I was there I was required to do a numerical test, verbal reasoning test, written communication test and interview with HR manager.
This is very different to your standard SHL/Kenexa numerical tests…it is nothing related to interpreting data, graphs and tables. It was more so a test of GCSE mathematics. Examples of questions included:
- Finding the speed when given two other variables
- Simultaneous equations
- Summing quantities in different measurements
- Finding the ‘X’ of a particualr question
VERBAL REASONING TEST
This was very much like the standard SHL tests. It was a SHL test, in fact, and there are about 38 questions to answer in 18 minutes. Its do-able but you are very time pressured.
My advice would be to just practice the ones that SHL provides on their website.
I was given a laptop and 20 minutes to type up a letter based on a scenario given. The scenario was about a client having talked to you informally about transferring money to his daughter who studied law and has a training contract and just came back from travelling on her gap year. He wishes to make a gift of £20,000 to his daughter. Your job is to write a letter to organise a meeting and suggest to have lunch afterwards as well as informing the client the themes that he should think about in anticipation of the meeting - nothing techinical is required.
Interviewed by the HR manager and the questions were as follows:
- Why accounting?
- Why Dixon Wilson?
- Why your University?
- What module did you find the most difficult at University?
- What do you think you will be doing in tax? audit? and accounts?
- What types of tax do you think concerns our clients?
- What are the largest costs on the income statement for our clients?
- What challenges does a medium sized firm, like Dixon Wilson, face?
- Give me an example of when you worked well in a team
- Give me an example of when you didn’t work well in a team
Thats all that I can remember…there were some technical questions on tax, audit and accounts. So my advice would be to prepare and get a basic understanding of all 3 areas of service since the role with Dixon Wilson will require you to work in all lines of service that they provide.
Hope this helps anyone who is interested in applying! Best of luck!