The University of Portsmouth Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Research Assistant

    5.0/5 | Interview date: January 2016 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Education & Teaching

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The interview was conducted in a very friendly manner, in the formal and prestigious setting of the University of Portsmouth's Business School. The interview lasted approximately 45 minutes and was split between the panel asking a few short answer questions and then asking the interviewee to elaborate and describe some previous experience and skills.

    Most difficult question

    What makes you stand out from the other applicants? - Hard to judge the calibre of other applicants and therefore hard to pick which strength of yours best highlights what distinguishes you from them

    Interview tips

    Preparation is critical. The feedback I received from my succesful interview was that the panel were impressed and struck by how targeted and in depth my research of the role and my supervisors had been prior to the interview. It is easy to state that you are passionate about a role, the people you want to be working alongside, and the institution, but it is very easy for this to come across as predictable and uninspiring unless you have put the effort in to obtain the knowledge to back up your claims.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    There was no assessment centre.

    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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