Prepare for GSK Aptitude Test, Numerical, Verbal and Video Interview

Are you applying to a position with GSK (or GlaxoSmithKline)? Recruitment to GSK graduate jobs, summer internships, apprentices or experienced hires follows several challenging steps. GSK has 12,000 job openings this upcoming year, with 450 positions reserved for college graduates. Learn more about these GSK assessments and how to prepare with our range of resources.
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GlaxoSmithKline is one of the biggest research based pharmaceutical companies not only in the UK but in the world. GSK has a strong emphasis on start of career jobs with GSK apprentice programmes, the GSK Future Leaders Programme for graduates, a postgraduate scheme, and summer internships. However to get onto any of these schemes involves a long and testing recruitment process with assessments designed to examine your skills at every stage.

The GSK recruitment process for apprentices, undergraduates, summer interns and graduates is as below, although it may vary for Finance scheme applicants. For experienced hires, the process involves a telephone interview, interview and possibility of an assessment centre with a case study, presentation or exercises.

The stages of the recruitment process are:

The first step in your application is to choose the job or scheme you wish to apply for. Once you have done that, you need to complete the application form. The application form is straightforward asking about you, your education, skills and experiences. In order to progress at all in the GSK recruitment process your application form must show that you have the desired criteria (education) for your role. You are also asked to answer two questions designed to examine your motivations for choosing GSK as a place to work. The two questions are:

  • What interests you about this specific programme? Think about how will you utilise your strengths, skills and knowledge to deliver high quality results for your chosen programme? (Maximum 300 words)
  • What interests you about working for GSK? Think about what motivates and interests you about working for GSK, and within the healthcare industry. (Maximum 300 words)

These questions are an important tool for separating you out from other candidates. Plan your answers carefully before you insert them. When answering these questions it is important to bear in mind the key competencies and values of the company. They are known in GSK as Key High Performance Behaviours and if you can incorporate them into your writing, you will be able to show off not only your skills but the skills that they want you to have. They are:

  • Flexible thinking
  • Building relationships
  • Developing people
  • Enabling and driving change
  • Continuous improvement

GSK Aptitude Test

Once you have submitted your application form, and the filter shows that you fit all the criteria, you are invited to take some online GSK psychometric tests. The purpose of these tests is to check that you have the required skills for the area of GSK you plan to join. You are asked to take between one and three tests which may vary according to the area you are applying to. The GSK tests are provided by Kenexa. The tests are untimed, but they should take you around 20 minutes to complete. You are asked to take one test at a time, and you have two days to take each test. Learn more about the tests below.

Numerical Reasoning Test

The next test you will take is the numerical reasoning test. This test is untimed, and is a little different to other tests you may have taken before in that it is adaptive. This means that questions will get harder or easier depending on how well you answered the question before. The number of questions you will be given depends on how long it takes the system to understand your level, but the guidelines say the test will take around 20 minutes. The system will record how long your test took so that they can record your speed and accuracy in your work, so try not to take too long on each question.

The aim of the GSK numerical reasoning test is to assess how well you understand and can utilise numerical information. The questions in this test are all multiple choice, but the style varies from number series to information contained on a graph or in a table. In order to answer questions you need to be able to calculate percentages quickly and confidently. You may use a calculator to help you work out the answers. The adaptive nature of this test makes it a little more tricky as the system is able to assess how well you perform on harder questions. Preparation for these tests will ensure that you can answer quickly and correctly. Taking practice tests will increase your confidence and your overall score.

Prepare for the tests with our specially tailored GSK Aptitude Tests.

Verbal Reasoning Test

The final test is the verbal reasoning test. This test is also adaptive, with the system choosing the next question based on how you answered the question before. You will continue to receive questions until your ability is precisely assessed, although the test should take around 20 minutes. Once again the system will log your time, so work through each question at a steady pace.

The aim of this test is to assess your English language skills and how well you understand written information. There are two types of question in the test. Some questions will be true, false or cannot say type questions, where you are given a passage of text and asked to determine whether a statement on this passage is true, false or you cannot say based on the information contained in the text. The second type of question involves a sentence with missing words. Your task is to choose the correct words from four options. The aim of this test is to assess your spelling and grammar. Prepare for this style of question with our specially created GSK Kenexa style practice pack.

Logical Reasoning Test

Some applicants may be asked to take a logical reasoning test. A logical reasoning test is a non verbal test in which you are given a series of shapes with one shape missing either at the end or in the middle of the sequence. Your task is to identify the missing shape from a set of options. Logical reasoning tests are used to assess how well you can apply logic to a situation and use it to solve a problem. This test can be more tricky than other tests as it is designed to examine your innate intelligence. However preparation can help you identify solving strategies and skills that will stand you in good stead in the test.

Prepare for this test with our GSK Kenexa style logical reasoning test pack.

GSK Values Fit Assessment

The first test you are invited to is the values fit assessment. This untimed test is a type of personality test designed to assess how your values fit with GSK’s values. For each item you are given three value statements about what is important to you in the workplace, and asked to choose which is the most and which is the least important to you. Before starting this test, take some time to review the GSK values and high performance behaviours, and to practice answering questions of this type. Our personality practice test pack provides an opportunity to familiarise yourself with this type of test and how to decide between similar feeling priorities.

The GSK Video Interview

Some applicants for GSK graduate, summer placement and apprenticeships are asked to complete a video interview instead of or in addition to the online tests. This video is recorded via Sonru, so ensure you have the ability to work the programme before you start! The purpose of the interview is to get more information about your motivation for the role, as well as learn more about your previous experiences. Remember that this interview is all about you, so make sure you talk about you in the interview.

In this style of interview a question will appear on the screen, you then have one minute to think about your answer, and 2 to 3 minutes to record your answer. Make sure you keep your answers concise so you don’t run out of time. In total there will be four or five questions, plus a final question asking for additional comments. As well as the motivational question, you should expect to answer a technical question about the area you have applied to.

Some example GSK video interview questions include:

  • What is GSK?
  • Why did you apply for GSK?
  • Why this particular program?
  • Describe an experience where you learned an important lesson and have now applied to other areas of your life?
  • Please describe a current topic of interest in the healthcare industry and how you think it could have an effect on GSK?
  • With regard to your extracurricular activities, please give a detailed description of the key achievements and responsibilities you have gained?
  • What problems have you encountered at work?
  • Tell me about a difficult situation at work.
  • Where do you see yourself in five years time?
  • How do you react to instruction and criticism?

Ahead of your interview prepare examples that you can use to answer a variety of questions. Concentrate on why you want to work for GSK. Prepare using the STAR method to answer questions and make sure that you don’t leave any important information out. Once you have done all your background work, get used to talking into a camera with our Skype based interviews, where not only do you get that experience but you also get feedback on how you have done.

If you are successful at this stage you will be invited to the last stage of your GSK recruitment process, the assessment centre.

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