Hiscox Grad Scheme

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26 November 2009 - 6:17pm

Had a tele interview earlier this week, still waiting on response. Anyone else applied?

26 November 2009 - 6:22pm

Yeah, been waiting for 3 weeks for a response on application!

How long did it take u to get a reply on application?

Thanks. Good luck

26 November 2009 - 6:38pm

Cheers mate. Was waiting over a month - I wouldn't give up hope.

27 November 2009 - 2:49pm

hohoho (Happy christmas! lol)

I've got the Critical Thinking Test to do and have not done one of these thingy midgets before! What is it? Its not clear from my invitation email!

Any advice would be truly appreciated!


27 November 2009 - 4:37pm


It's called the Watson Glaser. It's broadly similar to the SHL verbal reasoning, although structured differently. Don't think there are any practise questions out there unfortunately. I found it fairly straightforward so I wouldn't be too worried. Good luck!

30 November 2009 - 12:13pm

AAAHHHHHHHH rejected! I hate these verbal type tests. Even the practice questions were timed. It was such an unusual test!

Wish u luck hohoho

30 November 2009 - 6:43pm

Sorry to hear that dude - I hate it when they reject you on the basis of these tests. Best of luck on your other apps.

17 December 2009 - 4:53pm

Hey hohoho, I have a telephone interview coming up, do you remember what sort of questions they asked during yours? Cheers.

18 December 2009 - 1:14pm

Ryo, it's a fairly standard competency based affair. Can't remember the exact questions, but wouldn't expect any surprises. What scheme have you applied to?

25 December 2009 - 9:01pm

Is it good that I haven't heard from hiscox for about 3 weeks now since I've done my phone interview? does anyone know when they are suppose to get back to us?

2 January 2010 - 12:00pm

When I had mine I remember the guy telling me not to be surprised if I didn't hear back from them for a while. He said they were carrying out all their phone interviews before they notified people and this could be sometime between middle to late January. Hope that helps.

2 January 2010 - 2:16pm

ok thanks. hopefully we will hear back sometime soon

6 January 2010 - 2:32pm

anybody applied to the underwriting program at Hiscox... they are taking forever to get back to me...

its been about 3 weeks after the interview

6 January 2010 - 4:02pm

do you mean phone interview or face to face. I haven't anything about my phone interview results. If you had a face to face interview how was it lawtorisk? Is there any stage between the face to face and telephone interview?

6 January 2010 - 4:30pm

Hi jdog, lawtorisk and Ryo, since you both had your telephone interviews quite recently would you mind telling what kind of questions they asked? Are they all just competency and personal related qs? Or are there any commercial awareness questions.?

I've got my interview coming up and am really nervous, so any help would be very much appreciated guys!

15 January 2010 - 12:37pm

Has anyone head back about the outcome of their telephone interview? Applications closed this week, so I would expect HR to start contacting people about AC's soon.

26 January 2010 - 3:05pm

Hi everyone,

I have a telephone interview this week, any pointers would be much appreciated.

Good luck to u all,


29 January 2010 - 3:17pm

It has been ages since I had the telephone interview. I applied for the actuarial training position. Has anyone heard from them after the telephone Interview?

29 January 2010 - 7:04pm

I haven't heard after the telephone interview either which was last week!

2 February 2010 - 7:54pm

Took the liberty of emailing HR about this: apparently they are making their decisions this week. Gd luck everyone!

3 February 2010 - 9:33am

Thanks Hohoho!

6 February 2010 - 11:10am

The AC wil be held on the 11th Feb. Good luck everyone!

6 February 2010 - 11:35am

have any of you guys found out whether you have got in the AC?? I haven't, so I'm thinking I didn't get in!

6 February 2010 - 7:08pm

Yeah I'm still waiting! and if the AC is this week, that means they're giving us essentially a couple days notice! ronghaizi have you heard whether or not you passed the telephone interview?

6 February 2010 - 8:21pm

Yeah, I haven't heard yet either.

7 February 2010 - 10:59am

Jude: Yes, I am invited to the AC on Thursday. Good luck! You might get an email on Monday.

25 February 2010 - 4:43pm

Did anyone attend an A/C today (25th Feb?)

25 February 2010 - 7:51pm

Yeah I attended the AC today.

25 February 2010 - 8:49pm

Jude - Great, me too! How did you find it all?

25 February 2010 - 9:39pm

Was good - prob could have done better on the presentation! We have to pass all three so fingers crossed. You?

26 February 2010 - 9:03am

what role was the AC for? what did it consist of? thank you

8 March 2010 - 7:28pm

Hey guys, I have an AC this Friday for the internship scheme. Can anyone provide any info? ie what kind of questions you were asked in the interview or the style/format of the group exercise? Would be much appreciated!

15 March 2010 - 10:30am

Anyone, jude, nojob88, ronghaizi, any other 25-February AC attendees, have u been contacted with the results yet?

27 April 2010 - 11:08am

Hi Guys, could someone kindly share what they had to do at the Hiscox AC? Thanks

7 January 2011 - 7:05am

Hi everyone, I am having a telephone interview soon. Do you mind sharing what kind of questions they asked? Thanks

17 January 2011 - 11:42pm

Hi carpediem158, how did the interview go? I'm having mine soon, and would appreciate if you could share your experience/questions? Thanks.

26 January 2011 - 5:52pm

Has anyone heard back from these guys yet? I had my telephone interview a few weeks ago now and so far nothing ....?

26 January 2011 - 8:45pm

Has anyone had an assessment centre and got any hints and tips about it?

28 January 2011 - 1:36am

Anyone know if they're still doing the Watson Glazer tests or whether they're using SHL instead now (or doing nothing?)

28 January 2011 - 2:04am

Watson Glazer. :)

30 January 2011 - 11:50pm

Hi Could you tell me a bit about the AC? I have one coming up and I am nervous!

9 February 2011 - 2:49pm

How long did people have to wait to hear back after the tests? I didn't get a rejection email but am getting nervous.

19 February 2011 - 6:21pm

How did the AC go? Any tips on it will be greatly appreciated.

20 February 2011 - 12:03am

Hey I had the assessment centre recently.

The day started with introductions and presentations from different people within the company. Then there was a presentation/case study.

The case study was about a cinema chain and you had to give info on one branch and any recommendations to go with it. There is a huge amount of information to get through in a short space of time so you have to manage that carefully. Maybe don't waste too much time explaining what has been going on in the branch and spend more time thinking about the recommendations and why you are giving them. They then ask you questions on the presentation and they might ask you some mental maths questions (I couldn't answer them becuase I didn't bring the information in with me but that didn't seem to hinder my performance so if you're not good at mental maths leave the information sheets behind). The feedback I got on that was that there wasn't enough structure behind the reasons for my recommendations.

Then we had a group exercise which was to organise a charity event for the cinema. This was actually the worst part of the day for me because there were 8 of us with 45 minutes to complete a lot of tasks. I think the important thing in this is the way you interact with the others rather than completing the tasks so think abotu that when you're doing it. You should listen to others, not talk over them and make some good contributions at the same time. It's extremely difficult becasue there are so many of you trying to talk and do the tasks in a short amount of time so stay calm and adapt to other people's styles. I didn't get the job because of the group exercise which is unfortunate but I let the others wind me up a bit with all the excitement going on.

Then there was lunch where you can chat to graduates and some of the assessors.

Finally I had the interview. That was quite straight forward. I can't remember all the questions exactly but they asked about my CV and my work experience. They also asked some technical questions. The first one was how you would underwrite a cargo ship going from Southampton to New York. Well I think they said what would you ask me if I was the broker.. you know so same thing. Then he followed on from that and said what would you do if I told you there was a hurricane going through the path of my ship and as a broker I was asking you to do me a favour and underwrite it. (I think he asked this because he underwrote natural disasters, particularly hurricanes) I don't know what they want in the answer but I think it's to see how you form relationships with the brokers and then he asked what I would need to underwrite the cargo ship. I think ~I was also asked what underwriters do (I applied for underwriting) Yeh and the rest was general questions about myself and why I want to work at Hiscox etc. They said I should improve on my technical knowledge but I showed that I wanted to be an underwriter.

I didn't get the job in the end but I hope this helps.

20 February 2011 - 12:44am

Cheers buddy, what you have wrote is incredibly helpful. I've got mine in a couple of weeks, so a while yet. How long did it take them to let you know whether you were successful or not?

20 February 2011 - 10:26am

They said they would take 7 to 10 days to get back but in the end it was 4 I think. I had the assessment centre on the Wednesday and they called me Sunday evening.

27 February 2011 - 11:41am

Wow thanks that is great!!! I was told that there would be two interviews on the day but from what you've written there only seems to be one interview. Can you tell me if you had any competency based questions in your interview please? Thanks you've been really helpful!

31 October 2011 - 9:37pm

Hey, So I realise nobody has written on this forum for a little while but has anyone recently had a phone interview with Hiscox? I have one on Thursday and wondered if anyone could shed any light on what they will ask - I believe its competancy only. Any help would be much appreciated!

3 November 2011 - 2:03pm

hey PlumpPrincess, i have a phone interview next week as well but have not seen any potential questions on this forum. All the best in your interview today. and if you dont mind, can you post the questions here to help some of us out? thanks a loy

3 November 2011 - 2:03pm

hey PlumpPrincess, i have a phone interview next week as well but have not seen any potential questions on this forum. All the best in your interview today. and if you dont mind, can you post the questions here to help some of us out? thanks a lot

4 November 2011 - 9:50am

hey does anybody know anything about the test? is it watson-glaser?does it have analytical (math) questions?verbal? please update me

thank you very much