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Softcat Leeds 1st Floor Toronto Square, Toronto Street Get Directions
I worked at Softcat full-time (More than a year)
Good social life and support
Long hours, lots of cold calling
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I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Softcat (Leeds, England) in April 2020.
Completed a video interview, standard questions about my strengths and weaknesses and was invited to the assessment day. There were only 3 other candidates there (though they did say this was abnormal for them). The first stage was a presentation about softcat, which you should pay attention to, as it then turns into a quiz on your phone against the other candidates. They say they tally the scores from this, but it seemed more of a fun ice breaker to me. The second phase was an individual task, where you are given an item (for us, it was a stationary set and a cassette tape) and you are asked in turn to give a feature of the item, and a benefit of this feature (eg, it’s bright, so it stands out). This is to test how you think on your feet so make sure you’re able to think of literally anything (one person even talked about the barcode). Next up, they bought an employee in posing as the owner of a business. We were given around 5 minutes as a group to prepare questions for him, and then 5 minutes again to interview him. Make sure your voice is heard here, but don’t be overpowering. Then, based on the answers, you need to prepare an individual presentation (1 minute long) about what you’ve designed for the individual, based on what you feel they wanted. It’s SO important here you really focus on what the client wants, and during the questions, make sure you’re focused on what you can do for them. After this presentation, you have another minute to convince them why they should hire you. My advice here would be to give real world experience - they don’t want to hear your CV repeated because they have it in front of them. What challenges have you overcome, how have you demonstrated the core values of softcat? You then find out whether you have been selected to move through to the next interview phase - for me, 2 out of 4 of us made it through to the next round. They give feedback on the spot which is great. A week later, I came back and had a meeting with 3 of the team leads. They asked me first to dump all the information I knew about softcat - how many offices they have (they also asked me where they were!), what they do, who they are. They stopped me after a while. Then, they asked me questions about my CV, what I’ve done before, whether I’m money driven (this is SO important again because for this role they want people who are driven by sales targets! It feels weird to brag about how much money you want but they were really keen on this!) They also asked me about whether I’ve ever worked to target, how I’ve shown the softcat values, what projects I’ve taken from beginning to end and how I dealt with the challenges. They asked me at the end whether I had any questions - I asked if they had any concerns about my competency for the job, and he said they love this question! I found out a couple of days later that I had got through this round and the last stage would be an interview with the head of sales. The call was really positive for me - I was quite worried about this as I’d seen other interviews on here where people had been rejected at this stage. But it was pretty informal, it was really just a chat about what I do outside of work for fun, again, what strengths I have etc. I asked again at the end of the call if he had any concerns, and he more or less hinted that I’d got the job. I found out a day or two after that I’d received my offer! It was a really good experience for me.