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FDM Group
Graduate IT Consultant was asked...18 May 2014

This question came up in the set venn diagram test. Out of 120 students, those with ID's that are even numbers are doing Physics, and all with ID's divisible by 5 are doing Chemistry, and all with ID's divisible by 7 are doing Maths. How many are doing Physics AND Maths? How many are doing Maths and Chemistry? How many are doing neither subject? etc..

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This last method is simpler, thanks

How you did that??? I'm so confused with all these maths. Any help???

I got the same & also 3 (not 2)

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King's College London

Describe a situation were you had to work individually on a project?

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Didn't think I would get an answer, so many thanks for that!

Hi, I know it's been a while but i was if anyone had any further information on the interview? Less

What other questions did they ask? Also, was there a presentation you had to do?

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REA Group

Technical interview questions: Part 1: Write a program that sorts the following shapes: triangle, square, circle. Part 2: Extend your solution so that it supports subtypes of shapes such as right-angled triangles, ovals etc. Was asked how I'd test the program, and if I felt it was an optimal solution. Follow up questions for technical interview: Which language do you use? Why? How do you keep up to date with technology?

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Worked through a potential solution on a whiteboard. Asked questions to the interviewers to prompt requirements, but very few/vague responses were given (e.g., Q: "How am I given this data?" A: "How do you think you're given the data"). I felt the interviewers were not very assistive and didn't try supporting me when I was clearly under stress. Gave me negative remarks such as "we'll give you enough rope to hang yourself with" which was a pretty derogatory and unprofessional thing to say in an interview, I think. So I had to base my solution on assumptions using functional programming approaches. Ran through importing data via JSON format, what that format would be, how I would validate it and group the data together. They suggested by "sort" they meant "group by" and that I had to deal with the vagueness of the question. Was quizzed why I didn't choose a object-oriented solution. Explained that the problem was pretty small and trivial to require a large-scale object-oriented approach, but nonetheless I went through how it could work if it were OO. Less

I scored around 70% in this and no luck either.

Options-IT

They asked firstly what I know about options IT, why do you want to work at options? Tell me about any recent projects you’ve worked on, what did you learn from the project such as working with people that maybe didn’t pull their weight, talk me through your placement year, what did you enjoy about it, was there anything you didn’t enjoy, what were your daily tasks on placement, am I up for travelling for 3-6 months at a time, where do u see yourself in 5 years, what hobbies do you have outside of uni, what do I enjoy doing, do I enjoy working with people, if I were to put you into a team, what do you feel you would be lacking in, are you ok with doing a background check etc.

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answered them all really well as they are basically a run through of your cv

Can I know the person that interviewed you?

iTrain Direct

what are your reasons for a dramatic career change from Media to IT Training?

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I fell out of love with working in film & TV because of the inconsistency of work and pay and most importantly the lack of career prospects. As opposed to IT Training which provides excellent career prospects and is well paid. Less

Thank you for your positive feedback. It's great to have you on board and we look forward to you having a long and successful career with us! Less

Standard Bank Group

General Banking related IT questions . Nothing technical

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Hey, do you remember the interview questions they asked you?

Hey, Was there any coding related question?

RWE Supply & Trading

What IT developments do you think are an opportunity for RWE and what are the barriers to implement this.

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The use of big data

Visma

Where do you want to be in 5 years?

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I did not expect that question popping up in this interview. But it illustrates them as being interested in your development since I proposed my plan and they talked about how I could achieve my goals at their company. Less

Dunelm

can you tell me a time where you have lead a team to a shared goal?

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I explained my experience in the hospitality industry as a supervisor and how on a particular scenario a number of competing priorities happened and how I took the lead in delegating tasks, as well as completing tasks myself. Finally ending in what result that had on the situation. Less

Balfour Beatty

The most difficult question I found was the scenario based. Because they were timed and it was hard to think of an example at that time. There were total 10 scenarios which I needed to explain in order to demonstrate my skills.

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I gave varying scenarios from my part time jobs and also based on my education projects. This helped me to express different challenges in different atmospheres and also on how I overcame them. Less

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