TASK TWO – SIMULATED INTERVIEW

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PERSON SPECIFICATION

Post Title: PEOPLE ASSISTANT
EssentialDesirable
Knowledge and qualifications 
Evidence-based practice Valuing people Workforce planning Human Resources Management Systems (HRIS) Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) Training and Development skills Decision-making skills  Good communicator Cooperative Team player Multi-tasker Shows empathy
Experience  
2+ years of administration role;CIPD LEVEL 5 Certificate;Experience in workforce planning  
Skills and Competencies  
Leadership skillsExcellent communication and negotiation skillsEthical PracticeKnowledge of diversity and inclusionTime management  Solving problemsThe ability to consult with colleagues and junior employees.  

SHORTLISTING SELECTION CRITERIA (MATRIX)

School/ Directorate/ DepartmentDepartment
Job Title:Criteria Does not mention criteria at allMention criteria but no evidence/ example Mention criteria with weak evidence/ example Mention criteria with very good example / Strong evidence  
Job Reference no.:
Shortlisting Panel Member
APPLICANT NAME PERSON SPECIFICATION CRITERIAOmar HassanJohn StonesDavid BeckhamMercy WilliamsStacy Dash
Knowledge and Qualifications     
Evidence-based practise33312
CIPD Level 533033
Workforce planning  33333
Experience     
2+ years of administration role00033
Work experience in the similar role33033
Skills and Competencies     
Excellent communication33333
Leadership skills32033
Ethical Practice13023
Time management33333
Total2223122426

Interview Questions and Notes

Interviewer: I would first wish to thank you for attending the interview. Briefly tell me about yourself.

Interviewee: I am ambitious and driven. I thrive on difficulties and constantly set personal goals to ensure I have something to strive toward. I enjoy making new people and learning about their jobs and way of life. Bonding with new people has never been a challenge because I make them feel comfortable around me. From my point of view, this skill is vital and is especially fundamental when onboarding new employees. New hire turnover statistics dropped from 88% to 65% at my previous job position.

Interviewer: What are your top strengths and weaknesses in managing people?

I put prioritise and advocate for employee needs before anything else. I also believe in open and honest communication where everyone has the right to be heard and express their feelings. I also believe embrace equality. Additionally, I support employees to achieve their full potential through mentoring and coaching. While I believe in everyone taking responsibility for their action, I am very conscious of my propensity to criticise or correct employees from minority communities. Although this impacts the chances of team success, I try to use my expertise by sending corrections to the employees during general meetings. 

Interviewer: How would you lead a team while at the same time coordinating your schedule?

Interview: I am an organised person who takes pride in crossing things off the list. I categorise my tasks into daily, weekly, monthly, and annual arrangements before deciding how to do them. I also advocate for my employees to do the same and emphasise this by meeting with my employees at least once a week to discuss upcoming events and tasks.

Interviewer: How do you keep up to date with people’s professional trends?

Interviewee: I am a member of numerous human resource professional associations. I also listen to THE HR podcasts. I also pursue development and keep up to date with HR trends by enrolling to free professional development classes. For instance, I have a certificate in modern conflict resolution from Harvard Business School.

Interviewer: What qualifies you as the best candidate for the post of people assistant?

Interviewee: The insight I gained about your organisation was fascinating, and more than willing to work for your company if accorded a chance. Helping employees achieve their best is what I am passionate about; being a people professional enables me to achieve this. I am more willing to help your employees achieve their full potential and translate that into increased productivity. I helped my previous company increase their sales and lower its turnover from 88% to 78%. I am certain that I can do the same in your organisation if accorded a chance.

Interviewer: What aspirations do you have for this position?

Interviewee: I look forward to using my knowledge and skills to bolster employee performance and solve organisation issues facing the HR department. While I am aware that cannot be achieved without challenges; I am eager to discover solutions and build a strong team.

Interview notes

The interviewee has strong managerial capabilities. His precise examples demonstrate his excellent leadership skills. He is skilled at working with people and adopting evidence-based solutions. The candidate also exhibits high ethical standards as well as intensive knowledge of diversity and inclusion. The candidate is also a good communicator and listener; the organisation will definitely gain a lot from her extensive knowledge and skills.

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