Once the tension had been broken, the panel alerted me that the interview would now officially begin. The first question they asked is one which I am asked by all employers: "Why do you want THIS job?". This question is something that you must spend time preparing for as anyone who brings someone into their business must be assured that it is that particular job role you care about above any other.
The three colleagues took in turn to ask many other typical questions such as "If you were offered the job, what are the positive impacts you would have?" and "Say for instance you were in crisis situation 'x' (relating to the job role), how would you respond and who would you report to?".
If you are reading this and truly seeking valuable advice, mine would be that if you honestly care about the graduate role you are going for: you absolutely must take the time to prepare a portfolio demonstrating what you can bring to the position and how you can make a positive impact. And unless you are going for a change-management consultancy role, never tell the employer how you think they could improve (assume they are happy with the way they do things). There will be plenty of time for your valuable input on change!
Most difficult question
Experiences at the assessment centre
- Group / Panel
- Senior Management
- Verbal reasoning
- Assessment centre
- Group exercise
- Background check
- Competency based questions