Group interviews are intimidating. Upon my 8:20 a.m. arrival at my could-be future employer’s London office, I was met with more than 10 other candidates dress in their business best holding portfolios and briefcases. I hadn’t realized that an assessment would be done with a group that size or take as long as it did.
This interview lasted nearly five hours and was broken up into various parts. Who knew I’d have to pull out my Algebra 1 skills from my freshman year of high school? To my surprise, I remembered quite a lot and I was able to understand variables and algebraic equations – stomach churning and hot sweats starting. Thank god the other parts were more personality-based.
I thought I had done well enough to hold my own. I left the interview feeling semi-confident that if I hadn’t done well, I had at least not wasted their time. I wish that I could have had a little more one-on-one time with one of the employees who were interviewing us.
To celebrate my first interview in the UK, I popped over Skinks, a little bar-pub-restaurant near the London Bridge rail station, and had glass of wine. It was a nice way to end my London excursion that began with me arriving at Brighton Station at 6:30 a.m.
My advice to those of you searching for jobs outside of your country and outside the city where you are based is to leave as early as possible. I thought two hours was going to be enough time, but I made it only because I grabbed a cab at 8:13 a.m. with only being six blocks from the building. Don’t be afraid to ask people for help. I read a CV and didn’t quite understand the educational qualifications for that person. Other candidates were kind enough to give me a quick break down. And with that said, be prepared – and just prepared enough. Be overly prepared. Our American work ethic seems to go over well here.
Let me know if you have any questions.