Interviews, testing and assessment centres
If you have been invited to an interview or assessment centre, you have already impressed the employer. They consider you to be a credible candidate and on paper you have the skills required to work in the role, now is your chance to prove it!
You will be being assessed based on your ability to work successfully in the role you have applied for. You should refer back to the job description and your initial application to see how the skills required match your abilities. You also need to research the employer to ensure you can demonstrate both a level of interest and understanding in what they do.
An interview is a great way to build on the good impression you have made on paper and explain why you are the best person for the job. The company will be interested in you and will want to find out more about your qualifications, skills and personality. Although you can’t predict everything you will be asked; there are a lot of questions you can prepare for and will be expected to have thought about. If you do not understand what the employer does or can’t explain why you are interested in the opportunity, you are unlikely to impress them.
At an assessment centre you will be assessed individually and as a team. Assessing candidates across a broad range of criteria should make the selection process fairer and give you lots of opportunities to demonstrate your skills. Knowing what to expect and taking part in group exercises can really help you perform at your best and create a positive impression with employers.
The Placement and Careers Centre is full of resources to help you prepare for this challenge and experienced professionals are on-hand to guide you through the full process.
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