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5. Interviews and Assessments

If you are shortlisted you will receive an interview invitation by email. Be sure to respond to the invitation and check all of the details.

In some cases, as well as a formal interview, there may also be other selection methods examples of which could include:

  • pre-interview assessments
  • self-reflection behavioural assessments
  • presentations
  • skills assessments e.g. driving assessments, numeracy tests, prioritisation exercises
  • secondary interviews
  • peer/service user discussions

Whatever the selection method – remember it is not intended to catch you out. It is intended to enable you to demonstrate why you are the right fit for the role as well for you to explore whether we are the right fit for you.

To support this some top tips are:

  • Be prepared. This could include;
    • Reading your application form in advance of your interview
    • Having some expanded or new examples ready
    • Researching the department
    • Preparing some questions for the panel
  • Be organised. Consider;
    • Planning in enough travel time (if in person interviews)
    • Testing IT (if remote interviews)
    • Factoring in time to submit any other assessments
    • Practicing any presentations
  • Be yourself. Remember;
    • We want to hear about you and your skills
    • If you are nervous try some relaxation techniques
    • If you don’t understand a question ask the panel to repeat it