While looking for interns, the employer tries to find the best of candidates using all means possible. Apart from traditional and still extremely popular interview, more and more methods of choosing the proper trainees turn up. It is good to get to know them and find out what is the best way to prepare for your recruitment, especially if it may be conducted in an unusual way. Remember that you can face more than an interview on your way.
Don’t get surprised
One of more commonly used methods of rating potential interns is Assessment Center (AC). It is commonly believed that only rarely can you meet it during first stage of recruitment, and that it is not used while looking for trainees. Such times are long past gone. Assessment Center is often used by big companies.
The candidates are formed in small groups (usually not bigger than eight people each) and carry out specially prepared tasks. While carrying them out, they are closely watched by a group of assessors and rated according to previously set criterions. Each of the candidates is rated separately. Once the task is completed, the assessors talk and compare their opinions.
And how do the tasks look like? They are usually emulating what you may face during your internship.Nevertheless, you may sometimes face something that has nothing to do with what your job may be like, or maybe even funny. Still – every part of this task was developed so that it would tell as much of you as possible. Assessors will pay attention to how committed you were, how well you have fared and last but far from least – how good you are at cooperation. Rivalry is usually not the best option; being calm and cooperative can yield much more.
During your recruitment you may meet not only practical tasks, but also different kinds of tests. First and foremost those will be personality tests, but your intellectual and language skills will also be checked. The personality tests are carried out to find whether you possess attributes desired by your employer. Based on your answers, the recruiter will know how flexible you are at work, how creative you are, how fast do you learn, how dutiful you are, how effective you are, how do you fare while working in a group, whether you are good at making decisions and what are you priorities. There are no good and bad answers in such a test; the most important thing is to speak honestly. The results will help create your personality profile that will be used to find an appropriate job for you or maybe even the way you should develop.
Other kind of tests often used by companies during recruitment are the ones that should rate candidate’s intellectual predisposition, his analytical and administrative skills, problem-solving abilities, abstract- and spatial thinking. During those you will have to e.g. compare words and pictures, acquire information from the text and use your calculus skills.
To check your language proficiency the interviewer may use a typical mark-your-answers test. You may be also asked for a written answer concerning given situations. Do not stress out, even if your language skills are communicative rather than advanced. Companies often offer language courses to their workers and even interns in order to raise their qualifications.