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Job interviews for graduates likely to be led by line managers

Published: Friday, 15 June 2007   Category: Career Advice

Graduates are most likely to face questioning directly from their potential line managers in any job interviews they attend.

Employment Review magazine launched a study of 234 top UK organisations, accounting for more than 750,000 employees between them, to find out how they conducted their face-to-face job interviews, reports the magazine's sister publication Personnel Today.

While HR practitioners were present at almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of all job interviews, the survey found that two-thirds (66 per cent) of the time it was the immediate line manager who took the lead in asking a new candidate questions.

The survey also found that graduates should come prepared for other techniques as they prepare for any job interview. Almost three-quarters (72 per cent) of respondents reported that they use some form of competency-based test to establish whether the candidate they are looking at has the right skills and knowledge for their prospective role.

Just over half (52 per cent) also said that they used behavioural questioning, asking candidates to apply past events into potential work situations, while another 40 per cent used hypothetical questions to help them make an employment decision.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18181578-ADNFCR

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