Staffordshire University Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Assistant Sustainability Office

    3.5714/5 | Interview date: June 2018 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Environmental

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    Interview process

    I had a personal interview with my now line manager where we discussed my interests with regards to sustainability and also how my core research skills would relate to the roll. This lasted 45 minutes.
    The interview was unconventional as we started talking about smart cities an area of mutual interest. Because of this the interview became more like a conversation where we swapped knowledge of academics on the subject.

    Most difficult question

    The most difficult question I was asked was probably 'what is your biggest failing?' It is difficult to tailor this question to the job role whilst still making yourself look good.

    Interview tips

    Although at the outset the interview system seems very formal they definitely appreciate some warmth from applicants. It is also valuable to express your knowledge of the role, be friendly forward and outgoing.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    We began with a group interview, the first was our ability to sell a household object, I had to sell a notepad to the senior management.
    The second test was our ability to reason with each other, this took the form of a thought experiment about people trapped in a cave, we had to make decisions on who had to live and who had to die. We did this as a team.
    The final section of the group interview was a debate, we were given sides to argue on the subject of fox hunting, I was for and the opponent against. We were then told to swap, this tested our ability to make reasoned arguments about things we might no care about.
    I was also given a timetable, a group of projects and some imaginary interns and had to order my workload with explanations on why I had chosen the order I did.

    Interview steps


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


    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric


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

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