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Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
Is it essential to attend the company presentations?
Although this is not a requirement, we highly recommended that you attend a presentation as it provides a unique opportunity to interact with our senior staff, understand our culture and history and whether there may be a suitable role for you.
What if I do not have a commerce background?
We value diversity and actively seek it out. We therefore encourage applications from outstanding graduates of any course of study. However most roles require numeric ability and in some a financial background is useful, if not essential. We will also provide all the academic and practical training required.
What types of interviews are conducted?
We will ask competency-based questions that are geared towards eliciting an understanding of the interviewees' skills, knowledge and attributes that are deemed necessary for success in the role.
How long will my interview last?
On average an interview will take 30 - 45 minutes. Interviews however may vary, depending on the interviewer and the length of your answers.
Why do you use psychometric tests?
We believe that it is prudent to get objective sources of valid information about an applicant, in order to help with comparisons across different degrees, universities and first round interviewers. All candidates are expected to go through testing if they wish to be considered for second round interviews.
What do the tests measure?
Depending on the position applied for, we may test comprehension ability, numerical reasoning and do a personality profile.
How long do the tests take to complete?
The tests take approximately 2 - 2½ hours to complete and are done at the university.
How do I get to Cape Town for second round interviews?
If you are not based in Cape Town, Allan Gray will arrange and pay for your transport.
If I am rejected can I re-apply the next year?
Yes you can, if you have continued to study. We have two recruitment streams: graduate recruitment, which implies that this is a first job application and is managed on a structured basis; and recruitment of experienced professionals which is managed on a more ad hoc basis as and when opportunities open up. Once you have acquired some work experience you may re-apply online.
When can I ask about salaries?
This is best left until second round interviews, unless raised by the interviewer.
How long after the second round interviews are we informed if we are successful?
The entire application process is administered through our online e-recruitment process and you should receive a response via email by mid-October if you are unsuccessful.
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