Just thought Id give you a bit of info. I went to the assessment day and final interview last year. I was offered the job but didn’t end up working for McDonald’s.
The assessment day is a pretty standard one, similar to many others that you may have attended.
You will start of in the canteen, which is designed like a McDonald’s restaurant, when everyone has arrived you will then go for a presentation about the finance function and the company etc. This was delivered by a senior member of the accounting department when I was there. It might be an idea to take notes as you can use this later in the interview.
After this you will split into groups of 4-6, where we had to discuss as a group a case study of a failing company and make recommendations to better the company and create a presentation relating to this. I think we had an hour to do this. After which you will have to present this as a group, everyone has to speak and after you have made your recommendations you will be asked questions by the panel. They want people who can speak up and provide an opinion so there is tip number two!
After this you will have lunch in the canteen/restaurant. While they make their choices about who will stay and go for the second part of the day.
The second part of the day will consist of a competency based interview and writing up a report about the recommendations you made earlier. I was interviewed by two people a manger in the department and a trainee.
I think they only hire 1/2 people, I was told 6-700 people applied. So you have done well to get this far.
I really don’t know how the application process is at the moment and whether much has changed, but this was my experience in April 2009.
The office in London is really nice the actual one in Sutton Coldfield is much different!
Ill try answer any more questions, but I am finding it quit hard to remember as it was such a while ago!