University of Exeter Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Telephone Fundraiser

    4.1429/5 | Interview date: April 2016 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Telecommunications

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    My interview was in a room with around 15 other candidates. We had a series of group tasks to perform; we split into groups of two or three in order to perform the tasks as quickly and efficiently as possible. We also had an individual task at the end in which we had to present ourselves and why we would be a suitable candidate for the role in front of the other candidates.

    Most difficult question

    'What would you say to an alumni in order to better engage them and encourage them to donate money to the university?'

    Interview tips

    It is difficult to stand out in a group interview, so when you are asked the same question as someone else, answer with enthusiasm and originality. The issue with trying to do this however is that you will often feel on the spot because the interview is not just between you and an employer(s) but you are in a room with others looking on at you and your answers. This might influence how you respond, for example in my case, due to the amount of people in the room who were not potential employers, I downplayed myself in an attempt to not come across as too arrogant. However the entire point of an interview is to highlight your skills and attributes which may be useful to the company, so holding back in an attempt to seem more humble can be detrimental if done too much.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    We were asked to perform three tasks: the first was to drop an egg on to the floor and make sure it did not break. In order to protect the egg from breaking we were given two balloons, some sellotape and some string. Our second task was a simulated call to an 'alumni' whereby one person pretended to be the alumni, and the other pretended to be the telephoner engaging the alumni for donations. Our final task was an individual presentation to the rest of the group describing why you thought you were best suited to the job.

    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

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