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Blog by LSE Careers consultant Maddie Smith:
We’re seeing a year on year increase in the numbers of organisations using video interviews to conduct first round interviews so it’s important to be prepared.
Video interviews (VIs) are not designed to catch you out. In much the same way as a telephone or other first round interview, recruiters are looking at how you […]
Many employers use telephone interviews to screen applicants. Follow our five top tips to help you get through to the next stage of the recruitment process!
1. Prepare, prepare, prepare just as you would for any type of interview
Research the sector, organisation and role and think about your genuine reasons for wanting the role.
Review your application and think about which […]
What is it?
Employers such as EY, Barclays, Aviva, Nestle and Standard Chartered use strengths based questions, instead of competency questions, to assess their candidates at interview. A strengths based interview focuses on your strengths and what you enjoy doing, rather than what you can do as in a competency interview. Everyone has strengths whereas not everyone has the necessary […]
‘Tell me a joke’ said the stern faced recruiter to the quaking candidate.
Interviews are scary! Whether you’re facing your first or your twentieth, interviews have the power to make even the bravest of us nervous and tongue-tied. Whilst we can all prepare for the most obvious of questions there is always the fear of the unexpected: questions like […]
First impressions are vital – what you wear to an interview will affect how you are perceived by the employer. Luckily, our careers consultants have some advice for how to dress well!
For a formal interview (one in which you have been invited by the employer), you should always dress smartly. As a general rule, an appropriate interview outfit for […]
Congratulations, you’ve been offered an interview – all those hours of writing the perfect application have paid off!
Perhaps you’ve been offered a telephone, Skype/video, or face-to-face interview. Maybe they’ll be asking you competency, strengths based, motivational, brain teaser, technical, case study, or situational judgement questions.
Whatever you’re due to face, LSE Careers can help support your preparation:
Read our interviews […]
Now is a particularly busy time for job and internship interviews and to support you, here LSE careers consultant Viki Chinn reflects on her experience of interviews including why some students get it ‘wrong’ and how to ensure positive outcomes instead:
1. Failing to do your homework
There is a simple equation for interview preparation – the better you prepare, the more likely you are to get […]
Need to write your CV or got an interview coming up? We’ve launched two online video guides to job searching. Designed to give you short and snappy essentials at your finger tips, they focus on how to write an effective CV and how to prepare for an interview.
In less than two minutes, get the key concepts of making your […]
So you have an interview coming up. Don’t worry: here are our top ten interview essentials which should help you get through it!
1. Prepare thoroughly
Whether this is the job that will be the start of your career or just something to make some money over the holidays, you need to prepare for your interview. This means knowing about the organisation, the […]
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Congratulations! You’ve been invited to attend an interview or assessment centre where one of the assessment tasks is a group exercise. You’re one step closer to getting that job!
A group exercise is an enjoyable part of the recruitment process, giving you the chance to demonstrate how you perform as part of a team. You’ll be put into a group […]
Interview Stream allows you to record and practise interviews online and you can use it to create your own custom interview from a large bank of questions (arranged by employment sector so it’s as relevant as possible).
You can record your responses via webcam and then review and assess your answers. If you don’t have a webcam, or don’t want to record yourself, […]
Remember that an interview is a two-way process. As well as the organisation assessing your ‘fit’, with them, you’re making your own assessment as to how well it fits with your goals, values and needs. The best way to do this is by asking perceptive questions.
Generally an interviewer will ask for questions towards the end of the conversation; however, if […]
Once you successfully get through the first stage of the application process to the next round – you’re on your way from being a possible employee to a probable employee and should feel proud that your application has impressed your potential employers.
There are, however, a number of ways in which an employer may assess your suitability for a job […]
John, an international student in the Management Department, has had a lot of success at application stage and recently attended a number of assessment centres. Here he shares his insights into how to get through the different stages of the selection and recruitment processes and his top tips for success:
Application forms and psychometric tests
In applications use the full word count. If an answer […]
If you are a current LSE student, you can now access a huge selection of practice psychometric tests, employer tests and assessment centre and interview advice through our new resource, Graduates First. Find out more and sign up to Graduates First on our website (LSE network account required).
Guest blog by Miranda Clark who works at AlphaSights, a global knowledge broker:
Whether you’re familiar with them or not, video assessments are being used more and more by graduate employers as part of the recruitment process.
We’re a people-based, communication-intense business and we want to understand you as best as we can – how you communicate, how you respond under pressure […]
Guest blogger and former LSE student Arnab Datta explains that softer skills tell recruiters more than you think. In a world where competition for graduate jobs is fierce, you may concentrate completely on your academic qualifications and work experience to secure your ideal career. Still, the importance of soft skills has increased. Research by Ethical Skills & Training has discovered […]