Do you have any tips on surviving multiple interviews and psychological testing?
You need to approach this by understanding that the process of securing a new job is a job in itself. In other words, you need to be committed to the process. If you are applying for multiple roles, being asked to attend multiple interviews should not be interpreted as a burden. In fact, it shows your skills are in demand! Know which roles you have applied for directly and who is representing you, and keep a diary or a schedule. It’s your job search, and you need to be in control of it. To enhance your interview performance, don’t underestimate the power of preparation.
Given the availability of information online, there is no excuse for not even looking at your potential employer’s website (or even that of your recruitment consultant – do you like what you see?). Take your time preparing for your interviews, as this will allow you to be able to ask a lot of well researched questions. You will have a feeling of professional pride, and your efforts won’t go unnoticed and will be appreciated.
Have the expectation that you will be interviewing before or after work or in your lunchtimes. Psychological testing costs money; therefore, you will be recommended for testing only if you are being strongly considered for the role. If the role isn't to your liking, don’t sit the test. Online testing is also common, and as employers can outsource their testing to the same providers, your testing could be reused (with your permission of course). It can be an exciting time, so approach the process with a positive frame of mind!
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