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Bad experience at PA assessment

 
#1 Bad experience at PA assessment
17/03/2006 09:34

anon

Hi,

I had a final assessment day with PA a few weeks ago having in the prevoius few weeks done 4 other very enjoyable and succesful assesments. I couldn't beleive how horrid it was! In the first round interview the woman didn't amke eye contact, asked me pretty much the same list of questions I had got off Google as practice ones, ummmed at inappropriate moments and just wrote everything I said down on a note pad.

At the assessment day they were thoroughly disorgnaised - my interviewer turned up 1 1/2 late after i'd got up at 5.30 that morning to get there! They also came across as quite agressive - I understand that consultancy need to challenge us (and want this) but it actually felt like they were seeing how mean they could be until we cracked!

Also the case study was nothing but a number crunching exercise with 6 people watching and firing questions as 6 grads! We had already had (and passed numeracy tests so I really didn't feel the need for this!)

I had amazing experinces at Capgemini, BT Consulting, Atos Consulting and Capita - all of whom made me feel really comfortable, were knowledgable - wanted to interact and help me to perform as well as I could!

I would be really interested to know if others have had any good or bad experiences on assessments days at the big companies - it shouldn't all be about them judging us!

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#2 Re: Bad experience at PA assessment
17/03/2006 10:15

Analyst at PA

Sorry to hear about your experience but I'm inclined to think it was a one-off. Which practice were you applying to if I may ask?

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#3 Re: Bad experience at PA assessment
17/03/2006 10:51

RecruitGal

Oh dear - this really does sound unusual for PA. I'm inclined to agree with the PA person above, and suggest this was a one-off. Even though I work for a competitor, I am very aware of their reputation for treating their candidates well.

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#4 Re: Bad experience at PA assessment
18/03/2006 00:51

anon

It was with the governemnt practice. Another thing that also annoyed me was that on the assessment day they said knew I had other offers and was going travelling in a few days and therefore had to make a decision. They said they would ring me the next day to let me know and didn't ring til almost three weeks later in the middle of the night while I was in new Zealand!

Obviously by this point I had completely forgotten about PA!

It's such a shame as I have worked with quite a few PA people on a project for the DoH and they were so lovely, engaging and intelligent - how the interview process can give such a different impression I really don't know!

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