Okay I have to rant here… I wanted some feedback on my Final Assessment Day and Partner Interview and this is all I got. Can someone advise me? I would like more personal advice on how I can improve on my skills.
To be honest I think the Partner didn’t make an effort at all! When he introduced himself he wasn’t even making eye contact and was playing around with his fingers.
Can some one advise me what to do? I have called my graduate recruitment person before and she told me to wait for the email as the partner has not completed his notes… I received the email just today after one month of waiting… and it is below for all of you to read.
I’m really lost and confused, maybe it is just my bad luck? I thought they usually call you and tell you on places you can improve on?
Thank you for your request for feedback and my sincerest apologies for the delay. We do appreciate that it is disappointing for you not to have been made an offer to join our firm, and hope that this feedback will assist you with your future interviews.
As you will now be aware, we use a competency based selection process, which includes an interview and e-tray exercise at the final round. As you will no doubt be aware, you performed well on our psychometric test and first interview, scoring above the benchmarks required to progress to the final round.
Many candidates do not achieve this.
Our Final Assessment Day assesses a range of competencies (in essence skills, attitudes and behaviours) that are essential to undergraduates who are offered a place to work at Deloitte.
Although you performed well on all aspects of the e-tray exercise, unfortunately on this occasion you were unable to provide enough strong evidence against some of the competency areas covered during your final interview, as detailed below:
Summary of 2nd round partner interview -
- Challenge & change/Self control
- Career motivation and sector awareness
Summary of E tray interview -
- Challenge & change/Sense of control
We interview a very high number of undergraduates each year, and over the years we have gained a good insight into some of the main reasons why people are not successful during their interview. We have put together the following general hints and tips for you that we hope will be useful.
- Make sure you prepare thoroughly - remember employers are looking for well-rounded candidates who can provide a variety of experiences to demonstrate their skills and abilities. Ensure you have thought of examples outside of those on your application form which demonstrate your skills. Simply talking about academic achievements will rarely be enough.
- Really understand what job you are applying for. Do thorough research into what you will be expected to do on a day to day basis.
- Thoroughly research the company you are applying to - be able to compare it with its competitors if asked.
- Talk positively about your personal achievements - it might feel a little unnatural, but remember you only have a short time to impress your interviewer and give them a positive picture of you as a future employee.
- Remember to look at your interviewer, smile and try to be relaxed - interviewers know you will be nervous and should try to put you at your ease.
- Listen to the questions and make sure you answer it - if necessary ask for a moment to think of your best answer, or ask for clarification if you do not understand.
- Try not to be fazed by assessment exercises; usually they are mimicking real life scenarios and it is important that you approach the exercises in a calm way, taking time to digest information rather than hurrying through the answers. Make sure you listen to all the instructions at the start as you may miss out on information vital to successfully completing the exercise if you don’t. don’t expect to finish everything - like psychometric tests many of these exercises are time pressured and are not designed to be completed.
I hope that this has been helpful for you and may I wish you the best of luck in finding suitable employment shortly.