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  • Assistant Director

    5.0/5 | Interview date: July 2018 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Education & Teaching

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The initial interview was good. I personally left with the thought that I did not get the job. But that was more my worry and because I really couldn't read my interviewers. Apart from that, the process went smoothly and they made you feel comfortable and the environment is friendly. I also enjoyed the chance to interact with the children during the interview.

    Most difficult question

    The most difficult question I was asked was during my interview on the assessment day. It was my scenario question, which I ended up getting wrong.

    Interview tips

    My advice to anyone interested in applying is to make sure you do your research into the company and the role you are applying for. Make sure that you show your passion and enthusiasm of the job, but make sure that it is real and genuine. Also be confident in yourself.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    You have an idea of what tasks you're going to be doing before you go, but you still don't know what to expect with the people and the other candidates. However, it turned out to be a great day. The interviewers were super friendly and we as candidates were friends by the end of the day. Certain tasks that we had to perform made us more nervous than others and it varied for each person. However, you get it done and you realise you made yourself worry for nothing.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Assistant Director

    5.0/5 | Interview date: June 2018 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Education & Teaching

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    Phone interview.
    Book for a date and time chosen by you which is great. Questions were to get to know you and the impact you would have in a centre.

    Centre interview
    With 2 of the explore team. Included a tour of the centre and interacting with the children. Also a role play which you prepare for.

    Most difficult question

    All questions were to be expected. One that took more thought was "how would your friends describe your leadership style?"

    Interview tips

    Make sure you do your research. Every member of the Explore Learning team are passionate about the company so make sure you show your passion too! Let your personality shine through and just enjoy it.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The assessment centre was really relaxed and friendly, they really did make me feel comfortable right away! There is lots of time to relax and meet the other candidates, also tea and coffee was available throughout the day. Every candidate had an individual timetable for each activity.
    There were many tasks throughout the day including: a third interview, a presentation, a role play, a maths and literacy exercise and a group task. They also took us all out for lunch which was lovely! They give you information about the assessment day well in advance so don't worry, there is plenty of time to prepare for the role play and the presentation.
    All in all, the whole day was handled brilliantly and I think every candidate felt at ease throughout it.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Assistant Director

    4.8571/5 | Interview date: January 2018 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Education & Teaching

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The interview process was in three stages - phone interview, centre interview and assessment day. The phone interview included many of the generic questions - why Explore Learning, why this role, what can you bring to Explore etc. They asked situational questions in all face-to-face interviews so for that just remember the customer always comes first.

    The centre interview consisted of a face to face interview, a sales role play and around ten minutes interacting with the children. The face to face interview asked similar questions to the telephone interview. The sales role pay you should prepare for in advance, and they are really looking for you to engage with the customer, so ask loads of questions. For example my role play was for a gym free trail, so ask questions around their fitness, what they are looking for in a gym etc, and then cater the information to their needs. As for the children exercise, they just want to see how you interact, so just be friendly.

    Most difficult question

    All interviews were very relaxed and friendly, as they wanted to see your personality and passion shine through. So prepare for it as you would for any other interview, by researching the company values and illustrating with examples how you are like that yourself. I'd say the key thing for success with Explore Learning is to show enthusiasm and passion for education and children - helping children reach their potential. Also, they are looking for team players and people willing to learn, so demonstrate this in group exercises.

    Interview tips

    The main tip for succeeding with Explore is you personality and enthusiasm. They want team players and so are watching you even during the break sessions, to see how you interact with others. Despite feeling that I did not do my best, I got the job with Explore, as they said my friendly team player attitude, enthusiasm and willingness to learn all shown through .

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The assessment centre was very relaxed, and the staff were very friendly and welcoming. We had a face to face interview, a personal compass presentation (on who we are and where we plan to go), a sales role play and a group exercise. You have to prepare the presentation and sales role play before hand. With the sales role play you are trying to book a free day trail for Explore Learning with a parent - main tip here would be to ask questions to get to know the customer. For example, ask their names, do they have any children, childrens ages, how are they doing in school etc. I struggled with this task as I found these questions were to probing and personal to ask someone straight away.

    In the group task we had to represent a charity, and debate why each of our charities deserved funding. This task was pushed for time, but the team demonstrated diplomatic behavior, as we all listened to one another and bounced off eachother when presenting back to the interviewers.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 4/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Assistant Director

    2.5714/5 | Interview date: September 2017 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Education & Teaching

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The interview took place at a local Explore Learning centre. You undertake an initial interview with the Centre Director covering your background and transferable skills and then receive a tour of the Centre.

    Following this you are required to interact with a number of children whilst they go through their work for the day. This is nothing to worry about and the kids are happy to discuss their work and progress. My best advice would be to simply enjoy this process and be as natural with the children as possible.

    Most difficult question

    Most of the questions were relatively straightforward and typical fare although they will vary depending on your background and experience. There were no trick questions or attempts to catch you out, just be clear on your motivations for the role and your ability to handle the sales aspect.

    "What techniques would you use to sell Explore to passers-by in a shopping centre?"

    Interview tips

    Make sure the role is for you and use websites like graduate-jobs.com to fully research it. I realised about half way through the day that the role was not exactly what I had expected nor something I would be interested in pursuing and thus struggled to motivate myself to take the group activity etc seriously, especially knowing I had spent the best part of £100 to attend the interview! I felt the management side of the role had been exaggerated and that the long term development I had hoped for wasn't really available at Explore. However if you enjoy working with children and basic sales work it seems this could be a fulfilling role.

    If you read up carefully on the role and the values of the company you should be fine. Little practical experience is required and your attitude is the most important factor. When undertaking the sales role-play, make a real effort to get to know the person you're speaking to and make sure to ask lots of questions.The recruitment staff were all pleasant, friendly and tried to put candidates at ease so don't worry beforehand about nerves.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    An initial presentation on the company from the recruitment staff is followed by one on one interviews and a presentation that you will have prepared before hand. This can be done via whichever medium you prefer but the majority of candidates created powerpoint presentations. You then perform a sales roleplay, attempting to book a passer-by in for a free trial with Explore. There is also a simple maths and English test which requires no revision.

    After this you go out to lunch with the other candidates and members of the explore recruitment team. Finally you return to the office for a group presentation.

    The day was fairly well organised and had a relaxed atmosphere. There is a lot of down time between tasks to speak to other candidates and refreshments are provided. There are no expenses paid for travel however, which given that all assessment centres take place in Guildford is not ideal. Several candidates had come down from the North of England and had to pay considerable fees for train tickets and accommodation.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 4/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 1/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 3/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 1/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 1/5
  • Assistant Director

    5.0/5 | Interview date: June 2017 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Education & Teaching

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The initial interview was informative. I learnt lots about the centre that I visited. I spoke to the existing Assistant Director about her role and was encouraged to ask questions and find out more. Explore Learning really just wanted to find out more about me; my passions and interests. The sales role play was fun and clear, immediate feedback was given.

    Most difficult question

    The most difficult question was "is this the end for your teaching career, why?"

    Interview tips

    Be sure to have a good knowledge of the company. Prepare for the sales role play by predicting questions that you might be asked by a potential customer. Enjoy yourself and be confident in your own experience. Get a feel for the company by talking to others as much as possible

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The assessment centre comprised of a written task (maths test and English test), a 5 minute presentation, a sales role play, an interview based on my cv and skills and a group activity.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Assistant Director

    4.2857/5 | Interview date: May 2017 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Education & Teaching

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    Phone interview - brief (20 minutes) but decent questions regarding previous work experience, personal skills and qualities, how much I knew about the company/role, and scenario based questions. You are expected to have thoroughly researched the company and role to answer all questions in a fitting manner (i.e. all with relation to the qualities expected, the vision and values of the company, the requirements for the role). I was contacted within a week to arrange for a centre interview.

    Centre interview - starting with a centre tour by the Centre Director, I was given similar personality/experience/skills questions in a private interview with the CD and Assistant Director. Following this was a sales role play, which was performed twice with feedback after each trial. They are looking for your receptiveness and adaptability as well as sales patter, so listen carefully and incorporate elements back in the second time. Lastly there was a period of observed interaction with children, with feedback afterwards. Friendly and professional, I was contacted within 1 working day inviting me to the next Assessment Day.

    Most difficult question

    What would you consider the biggest obstacle you have overcome?

    Interview tips

    Do your research, really learn about the company and their culture/vision/values to help answer questions. Be confident in understanding the role (not just a teaching or managerial job), and if you have no sales experience make sure you do your research and practice before the interviews. Above all, be honest and genuine and friendly - they promote a supportive and family-like staff culture, so side-eyes and attitude do not go down well.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    10-4.30, the day felt longer because of lots of waiting periods while other candidates were interviewed. The area was designed to be friendly and welcoming however, so it was not unpleasant.

    Two individual interviews consist of a personal presentation, a sales role play (only once this time), and a skills-abilities interview. These are conducted privately with one interviewer, so no presenting or role playing in front of other candidates or staff. There was a short written task testing basic maths and English skills, and a short group activity in the afternoon designed to assess your team-work, response to other personalities, leadership, and cooperation.

    Interviewers are all team members who started as ADs and progressed through the ranks, and most applicants were recent (or soon-to-be) graduates.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 4/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 3/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 4/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Assistant Director

    4.4286/5 | Interview date: April 2017 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Education & Teaching

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The interview process came in 2 parts with the initial interview held at a local Explore learning centre. This interview was very relaxed and short, with the aim of gaining a feel for the candidate and whether they would suit the job role. The second interview is held at a group assessment day within the head office in Guildford. The day is split up into different areas including one to one presentations, role play, numerical and literacy tasks and group assessments.

    Most difficult question

    The group task was the most difficult part of the second interview as it requires a concise group of individuals that are confident to work under time constraints. Many candidates struggled with the role play scenario in both interviews.

    Interview tips

    Be prepared for role play in both interviews as it requires confidence and an understanding of sales and marketing to the general public. If you are successful and get through to the assessment day, make sure you are able to travel for a whole day to the Guildford centre. Some candidates did book a hotel and stay overnight in preparation of this. Do your research!

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The assessment centre was a big, bright and open space. The team offered snacks and refreshments throughout the day and were very friendly. The whole day allowed candidates to feel very relaxed and comfortable throughout the process. The only negative being that it is in Guildford and may be difficult for some candidates to get to.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 4/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Assistant Director

    5.0/5 | Interview date: April 2017 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Education & Teaching

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    As a tutor to begin with, my interview process was slightly different. I had a phone interview, where I was asked various scenario questions then after this I was invited straight to the assessment day, where you have 1 to 1 interviews to get to know you, a maths/eng test and finish with a group task.

    Most difficult question

    If you were on a sales event, how would you stay motivated?

    Interview tips

    Do ensure to prepare and do as much research on the company as possible, especially with the visions and values to show your knowledge of what the company stands for and what they're aiming to achieve!

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Very friendly atmosphere in Explore's head office, all the people, whether they have come from different centres or regional managers, are very lovely and make you feel extremely welcomed. The idea is to show your personality, so the whole day is quite laidback and all the different candidates you meet are absolutely lovely.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Assistant Centre Director

    5.0/5 | Interview date: March 2017 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Education & Teaching

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The interview process was very relaxed and definitely not something that you should be worried about; they are just looking for you to be yourself. I was nervous about the gym membership role-play but the interviewer got into character very well making it easier. Meeting the children was really enjoyable, you almost forget that you're in an interview. Just be sure to chat to them, ask them what they're learning etc.
    Overall a great experience!

    Most difficult question

    Which of the Visions and Values do you think is most important?

    Interview tips

    Just be yourself. They are looking for friendly, confident and approachable people. If you make sure you are well prepared for the interview and the assessment day you'll do absolutely fine. Also try to make sure you have some questions planned in advance to ask them to exemplify your interest in their company/the role.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The assessment centre was a very enjoyable day, totally relaxed but obviously still important. The other candidates were all very friendly, and it definitely helped to know that I wasn't in competition with any of them. We had our individual presentations at different times so there was a fair bit of waiting around and chatting! The maths and English tests were very basic, all below GCSE level. Near the end of the day we were told to write a random word on a piece of paper to give to another candidate who then had to speak about the word for a minute. This was probably the hardest part of the day! Finally, there was a group activity about saving people on a shipwreck. I really enjoyed my day, particularily the lunch at Zizzi's getting to know everybody.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Assistant Director

    1.8571/5 | Interview date: February 2017 | Job offer? No |

    Was this helpful? Yes 5

    Sectors: Education & Teaching

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    No telephone interview: straight to centre interview.

    Greeted by one of the Assistant Directors. Was told to take a seat and was given an Explore Learning brochure to look through. Was briefly shown around the centre. (Make sure you have questions ready as they ask you a lot 'do you have any questions' throughout the tour).

    Was then greeted by the centre director and had an interview with them both. They asked me why I applied for the role, what I knew about the role, how i' d be suitable for the role, my best achievement etc. No scenario based questions were given to me at interview.

    Then had my role play: this I thought went well and not a lot of feedback was given back rather than to ask more questions to get to know the customer a bit better before you advertise your product (gym membership). Took this on board and after my second attempt was told I had done better and that I had took on board the feedback. That it was good that I got to know the customer more personally the second time round and secured a trial day.

    Was given 15 minutes with the children; the AD/CD however didn't really assess me as they weren't in the room whilst I was interacting with the children. I enjoyed this part the most and helped many of the children at their computer desks.

    Most difficult question

    What is your biggest achievement?
    What is your hardest achievement?

    Interview tips

    Prepare questions to ask

    Make sure you know the role thoroughly; on my feedback on why I didn't get to assessment stage was because I didn't know enough about the role even though I mentioned the four main parts: management, sales and marketing, customer services and teaching throughout my interview (not sure how I would know about it any more thoroughly when I hadn't started the job yet?)

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Didn't get to the assessment centre stage

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 3/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 3/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 2/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 1/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 2/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 1/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 1/5

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