My interview took place in a cafe in a central location which I travelled to from the other end of the country. All my travel costs were covered. The panel consisted of the client who I would be working with, their current PA, and an agent from their representative agency. The interview was largely informal and I felt at ease. I wasn't expecting so many standard, skills related questions to accompany the more laid-back, conversational ones, so found myself clutching at straws for answers at times, despite having recent interview practice for other positions. I left feeling that it was an overall success, but hoping that I hadn't been too chatty, flamboyant, or came across as unprepared!
Most difficult question
What do I imagine the most challenging aspect of the role will be for me?
I thought that I had prepared adequately before the interview, researching my client's condition and briefly revising my relevant skills, but regretted not dedicating more time for the latter, and considering what I might be asked should the interview be more formal than I anticipated (which it was). I also wished that I had arranged a mock interview with my university careers centre. So, my advice would be to never assume that you have enough practice from previous interviews, and also to prepare in advance separate answers for each individual interview for the questions:
What attracted you to this role?
What key skills do you feel you have for this role?
What do you think are the five most important skills for this role?
What are two of your greatest weaknesses?
What are your greatest strengths?
It might seem easy to think of answers when they aren't connected to a particular job, but in the interview you will need to relate each response to the role which is really tricky when you are on the spot, hence the need to prepare in advance until you can confidently answer without reference to your notes.
Experiences at the assessment centre
Informal phone conversation, face-to-face panel interview
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