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Interviews, Tests & Assessment Centres

Interviews, Tests and Assessment Centres

This is your chance to impress the recruiter. Preparation is essential.

Congratulations, you've been invited to an interview, recruitment test or assessment centre.

This means that you’ve convinced the employer that you meet the basic requirements for the position. You now have the chance to demonstrate to the selectors that:

  • you can do the job (skills)
  • you want the job (motivation)
  • you will fit into the organisation (values)

During the interview or assessment centre, your knowledge of the position and organisation will be explored, along with the skills and experience you have gained and whether these mean you would be able to do the job.

Preparation is key. Find advice and resources on how to prepare for your interview and on the typical exercises involved in an assessment centre. You can also complete our Interviews, Tests and Assessment Centres Pathway for advice and activities to help with preparing for interviews and assessment centres.

Use our practice video interview tools to practise your interview and find advice and tips for what you should do during and after the interview.

You may also have to complete a recruitment test - often known as psychometric tests. This can often be early on in the process and can involve tests such as verbal and numerical reasoning, situational judgement and behaviour tests. 

Getting help

Talk to us about preparing for interviews, psychometric tests and assessment centres by booking an in-person or online appointment. Log into MyCareer, click on 'Book', then 'Appointments' and use the Appointment Finder tool to book the right appointment type for you. Alternatively, you can request written tips and advice - this can take up to 5 working days. Click on 'Resources' in MyCareer (top right hand corner) to submit your query. 

We also offer a range of online careers workshops to help you prepare, including 'how to succeed at interviews' and 'have a go at an assessment centre'. For dates and times, see our Events section.