What to expect from Hewlett Packard interviews

'What are HP’s objectives for the coming year?'

There are typically two interviews in the Hewlett Packard (HP) graduate scheme application process. After submitting an application form, the next stage is a telephone interview. This is followed by an assessment centre day at which there is a further interview.

Hewlett-Packard telephone interview

The telephone interview is competency-based and assesses candidates’ general and soft skills, with less focus on technical knowledge.

Applicants should be prepared to provide examples of times when they have shown the key competences HP is looking for, such as teamwork, customer focus and a positive outlook. You can find competencies for the graduate scheme in question on the job description.

For example, past candidates have been asked questions such as:

  • Tell me about a time when you have provided good customer service.
  • Please give an example of a situation where you had to make a difficult decision. What was the outcome?
  • Please give an example of a time you worked as part of a team during a difficult period.

The careers advice section of can give more help on topics such as how to demonstrate your customer care skills and how to demonstrate your teamwork skills.

According to previous interviewees, there have also been questions about why you want to join HP and the specific graduate scheme in question, as well as about the company and its business. These are used to determine the candidate’s knowledge of the industry and HP in particular, so it’s important to do plenty of research in advance.

Examples of previous questions include:

  • Why have you applied for a role at HP?
  • Who are HP’s main competitors?
  • What are HP’s objectives for the coming year?

Face-to-face graduate interviews at HP

Previous candidates report that face-to-face interviews have included:

  • more questions about competencies and past experiences
  • some technical questions
  • questions about strengths and weaknesses
  • HP’s ‘shared values’.

Again, you'll find helpful advice on other parts of, including seven steps to success at technical interviews and how to answer interview questions about your biggest weakness.

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