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Recruitment Process

At Blick Rothenberg, we value diversity of thought and experience, and having this type of workforce is integral to our success.

Recruitment at Blick Rothenberg

The majority of our roles do not ask for any specific degree type or backgrounds, and no experience is necessary. You will see across our assessment processes, we focus predominantly on your ability to demonstrate an alignment with our values, and a passion for the role you’ve applied to.

Our values underpin our working environment on a daily basis, so it’s important for us to see you demonstrate this potential to us during the selection process.

Firstly, you need to identify the right role for you! Not sure what you want to do? Check out our Business Areas and Training Programmes pages so you can determine the right pathway.

Apply

Check out our vacancies to see what we have available in each location. You can only make one application per campus year (1 September to 31 August) so make sure you select the role you feel is the best fit for you. Then you just need to complete the application form. Be honest and complete the form as thoroughly as possible. We don’t ask for cover letters, so you don’t need to spend hours writing this! A recruiter will then screen your application within five working days to ensure you meet the requirements for the position.

The Recruitment Process

Situational Judgement Test

You will be asked to complete a multiple-choice Situational Judgement Test. This will be 15 scenarios, with four multiple choice options underneath each scenario. All you need to do is select which action you would be most likely to take in this scenario, and which action you would be least likely to take.

Verbal, Numerical and Logical Reasoning Tests

The majority of our vacancies will require you to be comfortable working with numbers, sometimes in a time sensitive circumstance. We use these tests to allow us to gain an understanding of your potential within these areas and look for you meet a minimum benchmark. We have found these assessments are great predictors of success within a trainee role with us.

Video Interview

You’ll be asked to record your responses to three questions during this video interview. We allow you to upload this video yourself, so you can practice this as many times as you’d like before submission. These questions will require you to demonstrate research into Blick Rothenberg, the role you’ve applied to, and the associated professional qualification.

Assessment Day

Our assessment centre has three main components: group exercise, presentation & interview. The group exercise will be a scenario-based assessment that will require you to debate and discuss a topic within a team of up to four others.

You will be given your presentation topic roughly five days before your interview, so you should have plenty of time to prepare this in advance. You will present to one or two assessors, rather than in front of other candidates.

Finally, you will interview with one or two members of the team, typically the team you hope to join. The interview will consist of scenario-based questions and motivational questions.

Top Tips

Situational Judgement Test

Make sure you answer this honestly, and don’t just put what you think we want to hear. The SJT is the first step to assessing your alignment to our Values and Working Style, so it’s important that you represent your true self. If you aren't successful at this stage, it's not a negative reflection on you, it just may mean that we might not be the best fit for you. Read up on a company's values before answering any SJTs, as this will give you an idea of the working culture. 

Verbal, Numerical and Logical Reasoning Tests

Prepare yourself. Often Universities and Schools will have resources or practice tests you can take. We use Talent Q to provide our tests, and they offer a free practice test online to familiarise yourself with what to expect; https://www.trytalentq.com/.

Video Interview

  • Do your research. Most companies want to hear what you know about them, their role, and any associated qualifications you may undertake. Find a news story or press release that interests you, this will show your research ability and help you stand out. Bear in mind that recruiters can watch over 30 interviews per day, so it's good to think outside the box
  • Make sure you answer the question asked! It sounds simple, but when I ask: "Why do you want to work at Blick Rothenberg" and you tell me about your work experience, this isn't demonstrating a good attention to detail. Keep it relevant and try not to go off track.
  • Practice makes perfect; some companies (like Blick Rothenberg) let you record your interview multiple times, until you're happy with the result. Make sure you watch yourself back, as awkward as it may feel, to check that your answers hit the mark. You can also check for any fidgeting behaviours (swinging on a desk chair is our most frequently observed).
  • First impressions count. Body language and tone of voice are just as important as your content. Try to smile while you talk. If you're telling me that you're passionate about Audit, but you are straight-faced and lack expression, it makes it difficult to see how your words and how you present yourself match up.
  • Be specific. Some companies might ask you what you understand about the job you've applied for. "Working with clients" and "responding to queries" could apply to pretty much every job out there. Don't just rely on the job description to explain the role to you but do further research either by contacting current jobholders on LinkedIn, checking out the company website, or using other online resources.
  • And last but not least, use the time you're given. If you've been given 90 seconds to answer a question, this means the interviewer believes there is enough relevant content to fill this time. If you finish the question in 30 seconds, there is more research that you could be doing.

Preparing for an assessment centre

  • Familiarise yourself with the role you’ve applied to.
  • Think of some questions you’d like to ask your interviewers.
  • Research the business and different services offered.
  • Watch the news – being up to date with current affairs is always beneficial.
  • Revisit your motivations for the role and business. Research the associated professional qualification.

The assessment centre - On the day

  • Think about your answers; make sure you listen closely to the question and answers these fully, explaining your thought process and reasons you’d choose the actions you have. You should also consider the Azets values when answering these questions.
  • Speak up – make sure you share your ideas and opinions in a polite and professional manner. We can only assess your based on what you say on the day.
  • Work together – utilise your peers’ knowledge and ideas to deliver the best solution.
  • Check your understanding of the exercise/question and keep on task.
  • Don’t always settle for the first idea, it’s important to consider a range of ideas in order to choose the best one.
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