Atos is an internationally renowned IT consultancy. Created through a series of mergers, Atos Origins as they once were have been Atos since 2011. Recruitment takes place at a range of levels in all business areas. The Atos graduate programme contains two streams, the Technical Graduate Scheme and the Business Graduate Scheme.

Candidates to Atos are expected to demonstrate the company’s values throughout the application process. These values include accountability; excellence; high quality service; innovation; operational competitiveness; trust; and social well being. In addition you need to be able to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • A proactive flexible approach
  • Commitment to delivering
  • Strong business motivation
  • Immaculate communication skills
  • Innovation

The Atos Online Application Form

In this form you are asked to fill in your basic personal details as well as some tougher motivational questions including how your background and interests are suitable for a role at Atos. It is very important to Atos that you are aware of and have thought of their values, so be sure to explain how your values fit into theirs. Moreover, incorporating these key values into your answers ensures that you put yourself over in the best possible light. These are basic examples of competency questions that you can learn more about here. As well as this, you are given an opportunity to upload your CV. This is a further opportunity to shine and show that you are a great fit for the company. 

If you impress at this stage of the Atos recruitment process you will be invited to take the Atos aptitude tests.

The Atos Online Aptitude Tests

Once you have been selected for the next stage of the application process you will be invited to sit some online psychometric tests. These include the Atos numerical reasoning test and the Atos verbal reasoning test. Atos online tests are created in house, and contain 30 questions each, which you must answer within a time limit. Each of these tests will be described below.

Numerical Reasoning Test

In this test you will be presented with various numerical data in the form of percentages, tables, and graphs. In this test you are expected to identify and analyse information in order to answer a set of questions. The test is time limited, creating pressure on you to perform your calculations quickly and accurately. Preparing for the test in advance enables you to learn how the test works and how to improve your score. Learn more about numerical reasoning tests and how to prepare for a better score on our numerical reasoning pages.

Verbal Reasoning Test

In this test you will be presented with a paragraph of information that contains a number of different, often obscure facts. After carefully reading through the text, you will need to answer some multiple-choice questions relating to the text. You will only have approximately 30 seconds for each question so you will want to sharpen your speed reading and verbal analysis skills in advance. Learn more about verbal reasoning skills and prepare for the test with our verbal reasoning practice packs.

Atos Telephone Interview

The Atos telephone interview is competency based, and the recruiter will be trying to discern if you have the skills needed for the job you have applied for. Bear in mind that you will have to be able to answer questions relating to any of the roles you have applied for. Apart from the competencies mentioned above, the recruiter will usually ask questions to assess your abilities in teamwork, demonstrating your adaptability, planning and organising. You will also be asked to explain your motivations behind the specific scheme and role you are applying for. You should be flexible between a few roles to show your commitment to the company and answer the questions in the STAR method.

Past Atos interview questions include:

  • Why do you want to work for Atos?
  • Why this specific line?
  • Tell me about a time when you have had to deal with an unproductive team member.
  • Tell me about a time when you have had to deal with a new environment.
  • Tell me about a time when you have had to make a sudden change.
  • Who are the main competitors of Atos?

If you impress during the Atos telephone interview you will be invited to take part in the Atos assessment centre.

Atos Assessment Centre

On the Atos Assessment Day you will be tested by Atos hiring managers. There are various different activities and assessments that you will face throughout the day and we will outline them below.

Atos Interview

This is a competency based interview and is similar to the Atos telephone interview but is administered by a senior member of Atos as opposed to a hired recruiter. This Atos interview is between 45 minutes and one hour in length. Listed below are some popular Atos interview questions that are asked at the assessment centre:

  • Describe a time when you had to make a difficult decision even though you didn't have all the necessary facts.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to retract on your original decision due to new evidence.
  • Tell me about a time when you managed to convince someone to change their position.
  • Do you think you can make an impact at Atos?

The ideal preparation for questions like this is to prepare answers in advance, using examples of your past experience to illustrate your skills. Once you have gathered all your answers, the best thing you can do is take a mock interview with an expert to help you identify areas for improvement. As well as this, make sure you have read up on the subject and department you have applied for in order that you can ask relevant questions. Asking questions cannot be stressed enough as it shows not only that you care about the business but also that you want to constantly learn.


Ahead of the assessment centre you will be given a topic to prepare a short five to ten minute presentation. Atos usually ask you to present a project or significant piece of work that you have done. You are given a flip board with large pieces of paper to help you prepare for this presentation on the day. It is recommended that you use the STAR method for presenting your work as this is the most concise format available. Remember to keep eye contact with the two assessors during your presentation. This not only helps for the actual task you are doing now but also with the Atos interview as this will be with the same two assessors. 

Case Study and Group Exercise

For the group exercise you will be given 10 minutes to read through a short case study. You will be provided with a number of different things to discuss as a group and be given 30 minutes to do so. After this time is up you, as a group, will present your findings to the assessors for 10 minutes. Remember that in order to be assessed, you need to be heard! This means that have to ensure that your ideas and suggestions are being recognised. However, this shouldn't come at the expense of others and if you constantly cut across the other candidates you will be penalised. Learn about group exercises here.

In Summary

Once you have completed the assessment centre, all that is left is the offer of employment. To get this far with Atos you need to really impress at each stage. In this article we have set out what each exercise involves and how you can prepare for them. We hope you have found this article useful, and good luck.