I had a Skype interview with an employee who had worked in the same position I was applying for. Most of the interview was spent on explaining what the position would entail, what sort of experience I'd had with these aspects (e.g. Sales and Finance)and what my hopes were of the job. He asked me about my experience and interests, and what type of career path I envisioned for myself, and how this position would contribute to that. He was very well prepared, very clear with his information, and very friendly with his questions.
Most difficult question
The most difficult question for me was what I imagined the Sales aspect of the job would entail. He admitted that the job opening wasn't very specific about the tasks you would be taking on, but I hadn't had any relevant experience in Sales, and had difficulty imagining how I'd tackle that part of the job.
Seeing as the actual job opening doesn't give too much information, I'd spent some time researching the company as well as looking at other job openings with a similar job title so see what tasks you'd be expected to take on. I personally didn't feel the job was for me after the interview, because I didn't expect how big a part Sales and Finance would be of the job, but I was grateful the interview did give me a clear picture of the job. I'd say to make a list of exactly what you want from a job, where you see this job taking you in terms of your ideal career, and what tasks you wouldn't see yourself doing. A list of strengths and weaknesses is also essential.
Experiences at the assessment centre
So far I've only had a Skype interview as I live abroad for the moment.
- Group / Panel
- Senior Management
- Verbal reasoning
- Assessment centre
- Group exercise
- Background check
- Competency based questions