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About JobTestPrep’s Smith and Williamson CEB SHL-Style Packs

Smith and Williamson is one of the UK’s top ten accountancy firms, making it a great place to begin your career. The firm’s graduate scheme has an intake of about 40 new graduates a year so competition throughout the multi-stage application process is tough. With proper preparation and practise, you will be able to perform to your utmost and give yourself the best chance of landing a job in the Smith and Williamson graduate scheme.


Smith and Williamson Online Application

The online application for Smith and Williamson can be lengthy as it asks for basic details as well as short answer competency questions. The firm wants to get as much information about you to help them make this first decision. For the competency questions, you have a 250-word limit, so ensure that you give short answers that are to the point. Review the firm’s competencies before you begin answering and a useful tool is the STAR method to help structure your answers. The HR team has many applications to sort through and if you can make good, strong points concisely, your application will stand out.

Some of the questions you are asked are:

  • What do you want to achieve in both the short and long-term working for Smith and Williamson?
  • What does Smith and Williamson do and how has this knowledge impacted your decision to apply for this job?
  • Describe a situation from your extracurricular activities when you have worked with others to achieve a common goal?
  • Describe a time when you have built relationships in a work-related situation in order to achieve the desired result?
  • Please tell us about the different societies that you have been involved in?

Smith and Williamson Competencies

There are a few key competencies at Smith and Williamson that you should keep in mind when answering these questions. The more you integrate these values into your writing, the more Smith and Williamson will want to hire you. They are:

  • Working effectively as part of a team.
  • Always giving the client first class service.
  • An ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.
  • Have a high level of commercial awareness.
  • Be well organised and be able to prioritise workloads.

The Smith and Williamson Online Tests

If you have completed the online application form to the recruitment team’s satisfaction, you are next asked to complete online CEB’s SHL verbal and numerical reasoning tests.

The Smith and Williamson Numerical Reasoning Test

The Smith and Williamson numerical reasoning test is used to measure your ability to interpret data presented in a text, graph or table form. As well as this, they are used to assess your critical reasoning skills and mathematical abilities. Get a head start in your preparation by using our SHL-style numerical reasoning practice tests.

The Smith and Williamson Verbal Reasoning Test

The Smith and Williamson verbal reasoning test allows you 20 minutes to answer 20 questions. You are assessed on your verbal understanding skills as well as your ability to work under time pressure. This test is usually in a true, false, cannot say format, asking you to assess the validity of a statement based on the text. Learn to ace this test with SHL-style verbal reasoning practice tests.

 

The Right Preparation Tools is Key to Passing Your Smith and Williamson Online Tests

Pre- Employment tests have become more difficult, as competition across a spectrum of markets becomes ever fiercer. Smith and Williamson Job candidates will face exams which require intense attention to detail and an ability to answer questions under a strict time frame. To pass your CEB SHL-style on the fly is exceedingly difficult and you do not want to be left unprepared. JobTestPrep has put together perhaps the most comprehensive pre-employment test package on the market, which sharpens your knowledge and skills and helps you run to the finish line. So, boost your confidence now with our advanced drills and study guides and increase your chances of a job offer.

 

The Smith and Williamson Telephone Interview

Following a good performance on the aptitude tests, you will be contacted by the firm to arrange a time for a telephone interview. It is conducted by a member of the HR team and is about an hour long. You are asked many varied questions, on your knowledge of the company, your motivations for working for them as opposed to one of the Big Four, and quite a few different competency questions. Have a copy of your CV and application in front of you during the interview to remind you of previous answers. Give yourself a boost by having a mock interview via our interview preparation package.


The Smith and Williamson Assessment Centre

If you have done well enough in the earlier stages, you will be invited to the Smith and Williamson assessment centre. This is a fairly long day starting at approximately 9:45 in the morning and only finishing at 3:30 in the afternoon. The day includes an informal lunch with some other graduates and during which you can get to know more about the inner workings of the company. These are the different types of assessments that you can expect on the day:

Verification of the Smith and Williamson Verbal and Numerical Tests

You are first asked to sit paper versions of the verbal and numerical reasoning tests you took online to confirm your results are valid. You need to pass these tests in order to make it to the next stage of the assessment day. These tests are more difficult than the previous tests so it is therefore important to make sure you are up to scratch on these skills.

Smith and Williamson Group Exercise/Case Study

In this part of the Smith and Williamson assessment day, you are placed in a small group of candidates. Each person is given the same case study brief to review individually. During this time you should come up with a few different ways to resolve the issue. In the next stage, everyone comes together to discuss the brief and their individual ideas. At this point, you must come to a resolution as a group based on your discussion and create a proposal. During this exercise, you are assessed on how you work in a team and whether you are able to communicate clearly. Remind yourself of the key competencies and try to bring them into the work you are doing. Brush up on your teamwork skills with our group exercise practice pack.

Smith and Williamson In-Tray Exercise

In-Tray exercises are used to evaluate your ability to multitask and prioritise different tasks that need to be taken care of in a short space of time. It is essentially a simulation where you are given a lot of data to work your way through under severe time constraints and consequently make rationalised decisions about each task. Learn to manage your time and work efficiently with our in-tray practice pack.

If you do well in the assessment centre you will move to the final interview.


The Smith and Williamson Final Interview

The final interview is in the office with the leader of the team you will be working for. It is sometimes done in two stages, with the first stage focusing on competencies and the second on your commercial awareness. Otherwise, you have one interview with two focuses. Your competency answers are still important at this final stage. For commercial awareness, Smith and Williamson are looking for well-informed candidates who really know the field. This involves a lot of research on your part so make sure you get to it. You should also come prepared with questions for the interviewer to show that you are interested. Be prepared to ace the interview with our Face-to-Face interview pack.


Why Is It Necessary to Prepare for My Smith and Williamson Assessment Day?

In Smith and Williamson assessment centre you get a chance to impress the recruiter manager with your excellent work attitude by demonstrating how well you work as part of a team and individually. The invitation to the assessment day will list the type of exercises you will face during the day. Therefore, they expect to see you have done your homework and came prepared. Your time invested in ensuring your stellar performance will show that you are a reliable and responsible employee.

How Will the Phone Interview be Conducted?

The phone interview is generally a preliminary screening process, whereby the Smith and Williamson just wants to get a sense if you are a possible fit for the position. The interviewer will review your Resume/CV, ask about previous employment and general questions related to your skills set and give you an overview of the position and benefits. Expect the conversation to last 5-10 minutes.

Why Does Smith and Williamson Use CEB SHL-Style Assessments During Recruitment?

The CEB SHL-style assessment tests are used by Smith and Williamson to evaluate your abilities in specific areas for the position being offered. Pre-employment assessments give a clearer view of your workplace competencies than a written CV/ resume or interview can.

What are the Primary Steps in Smith and Williamson Application Process?

The Smith and Williamson process can be broken down into three primary stages, human resource planning, the recruitment stage and employee selection. Let’s break it down!

  • Human Resource Stage – In this stage the company plans how many recruits are needed and the various skills set required to aid the company. This decision is usually based on the overall number of qualified candidates on the job searching market.
  • Recruitment Stage – The company now posts the job and actively pursues potential candidates on everything from job boards, social media outlets, college campuses and via headhunters.
  • Employee Selection – In this stage, the company calls, tests, and interviews and eventually makes a job offer to one or more successful applicants. 

Why Do Assessment Centres Gain Such Popularity Nowadays?

Many employers think that just asking applicants to take a test and interviewing them cannot create a full picture of their professionalism. When you ask them to perform various activities, however, their personalities shine through more vividly. Hence, many companies now invite job candidates to participate in the assessment event organized by the Assessment Center. There, applicants make short presentations, have group discussions, participate in case studies and simulation exercises, and engage in role-playing. These activities are intense and better reveal applicants’ suitability for the job.

 

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