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10 Common Reasons for Failing an Interview or Assessment Centre – Part 2

Have you got to the interview or assessment centre stage and failed to get passed it? It’s a really common thing, but in many cases totally avoidable. Here on the Chase Blog we aim to give you the advice you need to succeed, so today in the second half of our conversation with Chase Executive Consultant, Kelly Davis we are going to look at how to do certain aspects of interviews and how to end them.

If you missed out first chat with Kelly – on preparation and starting the interview/assessment centre – you can find it here.

6. Presentations

If you are given a presentation title to prepare prior to the assessment day, utilise this opportunity by spending time practicing it out loud; managers will be able to see from your slides and presentation style how much time you have spent on preparing it.

If you have worked hard this will come across to the manager, showing them how much you want the job and what you would be like in the role. It’s important to also practice keeping to the time limit; you want to be able to show you can follow instructions. Again utilise the recruitment consultants experience and by showing your presentation to them.

7. Changes to the NHS

This is something which over the last few years has become more topical to discuss in an interview. Be prepared to discuss want you know about the changes to the NHS, how it has affected your current role and how would it affect the role you are being interviewed for.

I would suggest updating your Wellards NHS Diploma, this way you are updating your knowledge but also getting another certificate to include into your brag file.

8. Closing the Interview

Make sure you demonstrate you are a true sales person! You are the product in the interview, so you need to demonstrate how you would close to a future customer. Try to ‘think out of the box’ with closing questions, use the internet and recruitment consultant on how to close differently to your competitors.

9. Running out of time

The key to assessment centres is time management. Make sure you wear a watch as you can’t always guarantee there will be a clock in the room where you will be preparing for your presentation or role play. Look out how much time you have and work back, giving yourself a contingency 10 minutes. Remember all other candidates are in the same boat with the same time pressures.

You will never have enough time, assessors want to see how much you can achieve in the time allocated. Put the key information first and prioritise. If you haven’t had time to add in that extra slide but know what you want to say in the presentation, say it and explain this to the assessors.

10. Relax

If you have prepared yourself fully for the interview/assessment centre you will be more relaxed and confident, knowing you have put yourself in the best possible situation to being successful. Be yourself, smile and show the manager and assessors why they should recruit YOU!

Hopefully these posts have given you something to think about for your next interview or assessment centre. You can always find more helpful advice on the Chase Blog or by registering with our recruitment team.