Appointments in life are rescheduled and broken all of the time, so why can cancelling a job interview cause so much drama?Read More
Posts by tag: interview tests
On a recent trip to Paignton in Devon I found myself in an over-crowded car park lift. I was squashed up as far as I could towards the wall so…Read More
It’s true what they say ‘first impressions count’. When it comes to a job interview, being well presented and dressed appropriately is critical. The way you dress and style yourself can make a huge difference to the overall interview, no matter what job or role you are being recruited for. Whether you are meeting a recruitment consultant about a position, or have an interview with an employer directly, you will get to meet the receptionist, perhaps a secretary or other colleagues walking around before the interviewer, and all of them will have an impression of you from what you wear. When you get to meet the interviewer themselves, that very first impression is again going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing, even before you have shaken hands and said hello.Read More
Recruiters and employers use telephone interviews as a way of screening the best candidates for a job, and it can help them to decide who to put through to the next stage of the recruitment process. Telephone interviews are useful to employers in a number of ways, including when the position and candidates are long distances apart; and where large elements of the role require telephone interaction with customers or staff (eg customer services, telesales). There are three key stages to think about when you know you have been selected for a telephone interview, and the format is similar to face-to-face interviews. Here are a number of tips which I recommend to people myself, and they could help you too.Read More
Interviews are a test. They make many of us uncomfortable as we don’t like tests.
I can’t say I loved exams when I was at school and escaping them was a real motivator in completing my studies back then.
One thing I do remember clearly though was almost every teacher, tutor or lecturer gave the same piece of advice:
“Make sure you read the question through carefully and understand what it’s asking of you before you proceed.”
That same rule can be applied to the interview. Listen. Let them finish the question. Really understand what they are requesting of you instead of your assumption of what it is they want to know.Read More
Some form of selection must take place. You will be judged in some way. Only one person will get the job and so winners and losers are created. It’s also subjective. Disagreement over the best candidate will occur and mistakes will be made. How you cope with rejection will influence your attitude.Read More
Along with case studies, formal presentations and assessment centres, interview tests are another tool in the box which many employers use to find the best candidate for the job. Psychometric tests which this post focuses on can be divided into two main categories – aptitude & ability testing and personality testing.Read More