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Once you have completed the interactive assessment, you will be asked to record a short video interview.
BDO uses this video interview as another method of getting to know you and gauging whether you would fit in well within the company. As a video, it is your first chance to convey your personality and make an impression – so try to relax and be yourself.
There will be the chance to record a test question first, so you can familiarise yourself with the process. The interview questions will be skill- and competency-based.
Listen to the questions carefully and respond honestly and naturally. The best candidates answer the questions posed thoughtfully, rather than sticking to any pre-prepared script.
To display your enthusiasm and determination to secure the role, ensure you have thoroughly researched the company, department and role for which you are applying before you record your interview. Reviewing BDO’s purpose, values, vision and priorities is a good place to start.
Seek to gain a familiarity with the skills BDO values and be ready to demonstrate these in each question. Using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) is a good way of ensuring you evidence your skills clearly and effectively.
Virtual assessment centre
The final stage of the recruitment process is the BDO virtual assessment centre. It is a full day, involving a group exercise, written task, presentation and final interview.
To increase your chance of success in the tasks, take part in the activities from a quiet and comfortable environment with a stable internet connection.
During the group exercise, the recruitment team will be assessing your ability to think laterally under pressure, efficiently solve the problem presented and work well within a team. The exercise is split into two tasks.
It is important to use these tasks to convey your individual strengths, but to also prove that you work well collaboratively, as an adept listener who can bring the best out of your colleagues.
The written task takes the form of an e-tray exercise. It will likely involve having to prepare written communication on a certain topic, or for a particular client, using the information provided in a set of curated emails and reports.
For the presentation, you will be sent a brief ahead of time and asked to prepare a 20-minute presentation on the given topic.
The final interview will again be competency-based. It will also explore your motivation for wanting to be a part of BDO’s work and culture. As always, be ready to demonstrate your strengths, using solid evidenced examples of your skills. Don’t be shy about conveying your experience and achievements.
Preparing a couple of intelligent and relevant questions to ask the interviewer at the end of the interview is, as always, considered good practice. It is an opportunity to display your curiosity and business awareness.
The assessment centre measures candidates against BDO’s key attributes and behaviours, so be aware of displaying your competency in these areas throughout the tasks.
It also provides an opportunity for prospective employees to get a feel for what working at BDO could be like and judge whether it is the right fit, so aim to be truly present in all of tasks and take the time to reflect upon their completion.
All candidates will receive feedback on their assessment centre performance which means, even if you are unsuccessful, the BDO recruitment process can be a constructive experience helping to prepare you for your next application process.
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