So you’ve got your CAVA qualification. You’ve applied for a job as an NVQ Assessor, and you’ve got an interview.
First of all – Congratulations! But don’t let the sweaty palms sweat – I mean, set – in just yet. We’ve got some tips on exactly how to ace the interview to give you the best chance at getting the job.
Before The Interview
The key to a successful job interview is preparation and practice. Analyse the NVQ Assessor job posting as carefully as you can, and make note of the skills, knowledge and professional background their ideal candidate would have. Match yourself up with these qualities and use that to explain to your prospective employer why you are perfect for the job. If you are not new to Assessing and have done it before, create a portfolio with the work you have done in the past.
Do Your Research
We highly recommend you do some research on the company you are wanting to work for. It will help you prepare to both answer and ask questions about the company. This way, you will also be able to find out whether the company and the way it works is a good fit for you.
Find An Outfit
Make sure you have an outfit ready. Try it on and make sure you feel comfortable in it. Though, when we say feel comfortable, we don’t mean tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt. As comfortable as that is, your prospective employer will not even consider hiring you if you look like you’ve just rolled out of bed on a Sunday morning. As a potential NVQ Assessor, you should dress smartly in business attire regardless of the sector you want to assess in.
Most interviews (depending on the sector/employer) will last around 45 minutes. Now obviously, the majority of the interview will be the interviewer asking you a series of questions, but don’t let it just be a question and answer session. Have conversations with your interviewer and feel free to ask questions too. This will let the interviewer know that you have a genuine interest in the job and the company.
The questions that you are likely to be asked, and should, therefore, prepare for are:
- Tell me a bit about yourself, your skills and your NVQ Assessing experience?
- Which occupational area can you assess in?
- What is your approach to observing and assessing Candidates?
- How do you offer advice to candidates who are not meeting the standards?
- What is your process for keeping records of your candidates’ progress?
- How do you keep yourself up to date with sector changes?
- How do you split your hours between your caseload of learners?
- Do you have any questions for me?
At this point when they do ask if you have any questions, as I mentioned before, you should always try to find a question to ask, so think about this beforehand. A good question to ask would be: ‘What will my initial caseload be?‘. This is a good way of judging if your prospective employer is money oriented and will give you, as a new assessor, hundreds of learners.
Take your time practising answers to these questions. They are very likely to be asked, especially for an NVQ Assessor Job. Practising your answers will help you to be prepared for the interview and you may find it calms your nerves, as you won’t be scrambling to say the right thing. Of course, your interviewer should understand that you will be nervous, but despite that, you will need to show your competence to do the job.
What NOT To Do
Being late to a job interview makes for a terrible first impression. You should aim to arrive around 10-15 minutes earlier than the scheduled interview time. This way, you can pretty much guarantee that you will be there in good time to calm your nerves, check your outfit and triple check you are ready for the interview.
Criticise Current/Previous Employers
Even if they have really, really, REALLY irritated you, do not speak badly of your current or previous employer. Being negative will make you look bitter and immature, may actually portray you as an angry person. That’s not a person they’ll want to hire.
Talk About Money
If they employer themselves bring it up, then it is OK to discuss salary. However, do NOT be the person to bring it up first. It will make you seem money oriented as opposed to being enthusiastic about the job itself. If they think that you are fit for the job, they will be the first to talk about your salary.
So that’s that. If you’re not quite at the interview stage yet and are struggling to write your CV, take a look at our Guide to a Killer CV For Further Education Jobs.
Best of Luck!