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Interview: Tips & Advice


"I would recommend keeping your CV as honest as possible and don't panic about how much programming you know as CGI is aware that a lot of students won't have a great amount of knowledge on every subject. The interview was relaxed and involved questions on what I had done when put in certain situations."
Intern, Leatherhead, Surrey
"My advice to anyone going through any interview would be that most people talk themselves out of a job. Research the company ahead of time and look at the department you're interviewing for specifically to find out some information on the role and project. Show an interest and a desire to join in as it goes a long way."
Graduate, Leatherhead, Surrey
"CGI is very professional so ensure that you dress professionally and look presentable. Be approachable and try to find common ground with the interviewer, then make it clear where your strengths lie. Focus on the skills you have pertaining to the programme that you have applied for."
Entry level, Edinburgh
"The first stage after a successful application is the telephone interview. This is just a short chat with someone from HR or the recruitment team to get a feel for how you'd fit into the company and to confirm a couple of things on your CV. Then, if all goes well, you will be invited to an assessment centre. Here you will have a one-on-one interview with someone, conduct a team exercise with other candidates being interviewed and also give a presentation on a pre-prepared subject. My main tips would be to be yourself, show you can get on well with others, discuss, compromise, and (most importantly) be aware of your time-keeping in the team exercise as it's a rare but looked-for skill!"
Graduate, Reading
"Firstly, there was an online application form asking key questions on eligibility and technical achievements. After this there was a mixed technical and personal application day. The best advice I have for interviews is to relax. The interviewers already believe you are suitable for the role (or you wouldn't have been invited to the interview) and are now seeing if they can imagine working with you. Of course it is also important to prepare for questions about the company but I had no tests involving prior technical knowledge, it was more about how to apply yourself to group work and report writing etc."
Graduate, Leatherhead
"There is an online application, a phone interview and an assessment centre. You can expect to talk about the company and recent news. You should also be prepared for situational questions such as 'tell me a time when'."
Graduate, London
"There's a group exercise where the goal is to contribute to the team, not to trample over everyone else to show how great you are. There's also a written exercise so bring a pen you're comfortable writing a lot with."
Graduate, Leatherhead, Surrey
"Just try to relax and be honest. If you have reached the interview stage then you are likely to have the technical skills the company is looking for. The interview stage is mainly to see how you work as part of a group, your communication skills and what you are interested in. They are looking for people who are interested in developing their skills and willing to try new things."
Entry level, Leatherhead


"Be yourself. There is a group interview followed by an individual interview. Try to stand out in the group interview but without shutting others down."
Graduate, Leatherhead
"The interview was slightly more informal than I expected. It was a standard structure: a nice friendly welcome to all candidates in the same room followed by a group activity. This was followed by a one-to-one interview. There was then an impromptu presentation that was to be based on a small essay you were asked to prepare before the interview. I would advise writing on a subject or product that you know inside out as I feel this part of the interview process is what they were really looking at."
Graduate, London
"I had a timed logic test that was basically 'guess the next step in the pattern'. It did get tricky and I was pushed for time but it wasn't too bad. There was a group of four of us and the recruiter was really laid back and welcoming, which really put you at ease. There was a lot of chatter (we even talked about video games) and a bit of getting to know each other. After this we were split up – two people went for interviews while the other two planned their presentations. After that we did a team exercise to see how well we worked with others (compromising, speaking up, discussing and, most importantly, timekeeping)."
"You create an online application form. Following this you will receive an acknowledgement email and instructions to complete an induction reasoning test. This will be reviewed and afterwards you will get invited to an assessment centre, which will consist of an interview, a group exercise and a written exercise. I would recommend doing a year in industry if possible and practice interviews with family or friends. Be prepared."
Graduate, Bridgend
"Be yourself. CGI want to know you for you."
Graduate, Edinburgh
"Be calm and confident. On the grad scheme your ability isn't the only important thing for the employer. They are looking for someone who is keen to improve and better themselves and willing to immerse themselves in the company."
Graduate, Bridgend (Wales)


"Before the interview it is a good idea to read up on the company!"
Graduate, Reading
"Candidates should be sure to investigate the company and its competitors."
Graduate, Leatherhead
"Gather examples of work you have done away from just your university/academic life, i.e. in your personal life too."
Graduate, Bristol
"Before the interview do research on the company, know the work you've done in the past and practise capabilities questions."
Graduate, Gloucester
"Gather examples of your university, work or other non-work/academic activities where you have had a successful outcome as part of a team. Focus on your own contribution, be honest and sell your own skills without overstating your skill set or experience. Ask questions that will make you sound like you really want to work for the company but also ask questions directly related to your prospective job role."
Graduate, Bridgend
"Make sure you know all the areas you have stated on your CV and just relax. The interviewers are friendly and on your side; they try get the best answers out of you and get to know you personally."
Graduate, Leatherhead
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