I just had the interview three hours ago, >_< really don’t know how it went (in the interviewer’s mind) :/
I was supposed to go to Sydney for the interview, but they considered I’m living in Canberra right now, and would like to do me a favour, to conduct the interview via phone. I had the interview with one of the operational controller who has a really long working experience in GE.
After he introduced himself, he asked me to go through the highlights of my resume, ie. to introduce myself.
Why GE FMP? (Where did you hear about this program?) After I gave my answer, I got questioned T_T, “Are you reading some notes?” quickly I said no… so this was mistake #1, and because of this, I also got more concerned ><
With actuarial major, why don’t you apply for actuarial industry?
What other companies did you apply? I told him that I applied for flight centre =_= and Comcare, then also explained it’s not really a time for graduate program. He asked me, why didn’t you apply before? So I had to talk about Europe and my travelling.
Have you heard of CAS? What do you know about it? - Luckily, I did do research on this, and know quite a bit of it. I also showed my interests in pursuing CAS.
From here, he asked all behavioural questions. Quickly learning ability: When you didn’t do well in some subjects, how did you react and what did you do? (actl, debating, time management, consulting with tutors, more focused etc)
Problem solving skill: When there is a difficult task, how do you solve it? (or something like this, I can’t really remember the exact wordings)
Leadership skill: An example when you have shown significant responsibility. I gave the example of our debating club, and how I had to have regular meeting with the CEO. Interviewer asked me, which newspaper? How do you spell it? Where is it located? So I would say, for interview questions, you always have to prepare for the honest answers, because interviewers can really tell if it’s real or not. Luckily, for me it was 100% real.
Flexibility and adaptability: During a project, you have to make some change in the mid of the process, how would you react and what will you do? I asked if it has to be a project, can it be any situation? He confirmed, so I gave him my relevant answer.
The last question was the toughest :’( So if I don’t get to the next round, then I’d say it’s definitely this one. “When you have done something wrong, will you admit your mistakes, or you will remain silent to hold you creditability?” I mean sure everyone knows what will be the correct answer in this situation, but during the interview, I really couldn’t think of any examples, so he tried to help me to rephrase the question, “when you see someone doing the wrong thing, will you stand firm to point it out or pretend nothing happens?”. I gave the example during the exchange in Netherlands, how the team member didn’t do any work, rather went back to Spain and enjoy her holidays, after sending her several emails I told her that I’ll contact the lecturer. The truth is, I didn’t contact the lecturer in real life, though I 1000% wanted to do so. So when I was telling the story to the interviewer, he asked, “so you’re happy with what you did?” Then I don’t know what should I say. It sounds like I did it in a totally wrong way or something, so I tried to add on the details of how I contact her first, and then told the lecturer. He was probably not satisfied my answer at all :’( I don’t know…
After this, he asked if I have any questions. I also asked him what’re the three main factors he will be using to determine the right person for the job? He said, culture fit, smart, something I can’t remember any more.
So that’s it. T_T