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Interviews, assessment centres and psychometric tests

How to succeed at verbal and numerical reasoning tests

1. Figure out what’s expected from the tests Usually when an organisation wants you to take online psychometric tests, they’ll give you a small amount of information about what they want to see. Some make your timing the priority, whereas others will state you don’t necessarily need to finish the test. They also sometimes state what level they’re looking for […]


How to make a great first impression

We all know that creating a good first impression is important. Even more so when you’re meeting with a potential future employer or wanting to build a relationship with an influential contact. Did you know that most people make up their minds about someone in less than a minute, and that it takes around 20 subsequent meetings to correct an initial […]


Get CV and interview essentials in just two minutes

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 […]


Video interviews – the why, what and how

Blog by LSE Careers consultant Maddie Smith: We’re seeing a year on year increase in the numbers of firms using video interview software to conduct first round interviews. Early adopters of video interviews included Alphasights, Capco and Accenture, but we are now seeing an even wider range of companies across all sectors using video interview software for their first screen […]


5 top tips for telephone interviews

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, company and role and think about your genuine reasons for wanting the role. Review your application and think about […]


How to prepare for group exercises in job interviews

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 […]


Top ten interview essentials

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 […]


How to perform well in group exercises

The group exercise is a common component of most assessment centres and something that you are likely to become quite familiar with as you navigate your path into employment. Whether you’re taking part in a group discussion, team case study, role play or a ‘design and build’ team game, employers are interested in observing how you interact with others. As […]


Tips to master presentations

1. Preparation is key If you have a presentation to do, no matter how well you know the subject, don’t think you can just make it up as you go along. Preparation is very important, and you need to make sure that you have a structure to your presentation to ensure your audience is engaged and your content is clear. […]


Common mistakes at interview – how to get it right first time!

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 […]


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