If you are applying to an AXA graduate scheme you will be asked to take a video interview. This is one of the most important parts of the application process as, along with AXA aptitude tests, your answers to the questions are easily accessible to the hirers and they use them as a good measure of their applicant’s skills. In this interview you are presented with a number of competency questions that you have to answer in a 90-120 second time frame. Following this you have a further optional minute before the next question. There are normally five or six questions in this interview and some example questions are:
Preparing for this stage of the application is difficult as you have to have answers prepared without thinking too much about it. Utilising the 90 seconds is difficult and you should aim to speak for that entire time if possible. You can give yourself a full preparation for this task by using our Skype interview preparation package or other packages we offer.
If you have done well enough in the AXA video interview you will be invited to take part in an AXA assessment centre. This assessment centre lasts the whole and there are a number of different activities that you will face during it. We will outline these below.
Generally this is the first active part of the assessment centre and is actually quite laid back in order to get you to relax and answer the questions in the best way you can. There are essentially two sections to this interview with the first part dealing with typical questions concerning AXA, their business and why you have applied for this particular position. The second section is designed to find how your competency levels fare with those of the company. For example, you may be asked the following: You are part of a project and have just discovered that there have been some big mistakes made that you have to sort out. How do you deal with this?
This interview is with two people, one of whom is a senior manager. The competency questions focus on the key competencies of the company that we have mentioned above so it is worthwhile really understanding what they are and what they mean to you. See our interview preparation guide for innumerable tips and questions in order to really understand what goes on in your interview and how you can best come through it.
In the group exercise you will be given a brief concerning a topic of discussion such as a report on a specific call centre that is receiving complaints on its service. As a group you have to decide on the way forward for this call centre. Not only will you be assessed during the actual discussion but also during the preparation time when you will be watched by the assessors who are trying to see if you have the requisite skills to shine at the job. Some tips include:
For more information on preparing yourself for group exercises see our dedicated page.
In this exercise you will be given a brief that you will have to discuss with an assessor. You have to show a familiarity in the role, really feeling as if this is your job right now. In many ways a role play is just like acting and the best actors put themselves so completely into the role that they are playing they feel the feelings associated with that character. This is your task here. You have to use your knowledge to really show that you are perfect for the role you have applied for. See our dedicated page on role plays to learn how to perform better.
In this exercise at the assessment centre you have to create a presentation based on a brief that you are given before the actual assessment centre. You have to present your findings and recommendations to as many as six different assessors in this 15 minute presentation. You have to tie in the key competencies of the company into your recommendations and by doing so you are providing the answers that the assessors want to hear. As you have time before to prepare your presentation, prepare a PowerPoint presentation detailing exactly what you want to say. For more information on presentations see our tips and help page.
Many candidates, particularly those applying for the AXA graduate scheme will be asked to take a written exercise. This is an 80 minute exercise that is similar to an in-tray exercise. You are provided with information on a particular company’s performance with multiple pieces of data that you have to use to form an entire picture. You have to analyse this information and write a report based on your findings detailing the problems and your recommendations for the future. Prepare for this exercise with our written exercises preparation pack.
AXA is one of the biggest insurance brands in the world and has many different opportunities for growth and development. Because of this, there is high competition for places on the AXA graduate scheme as well as any other positions. At JTP we have and continue to help thousands of applicants every year fulfilling their goals of gaining meaningful employment. We have packages that are tailored to every single step of the recruitment process so that when you come to us, we are ready and able to help you. We hope you have enjoyed this article and hope to see you become part of our "family".