3 key elements to a successful interview role play

Sarah Walsh 19.11.2015

A role play is an opportunity for an interviewer to assess how candidates may fit in a position. It usually involves a candidate acting out a scenario that closely relates to a real life situation that would occur in the job you are interviewing for. Often the scenario will focus on problem solving or a challenging issue. Unless you are a natural actor you will never be 100% comfortable but there are simple steps you can take to make it easier.

1. Prepare ahead

It is very easy to think of possible scenarios before the interview. Where a job description contains the competencies required for a position the interviewer will want you to display theses competencies during the role play. Consider the challenges you would face in the role and how you could show you have the skills to do the job.

2. Ask questions

It is essential that you understand the brief. If you are given a written brief read it at least twice and highlight areas of importance. It is important in any position to show you can understand what is being asked of you.

3. Be natural and stay calm

This is often the hardest element to over come. Be professional, act confident and consider how you would react if a situation was real.

Tip: Ask open-ended questions to keep the conversation flowing naturally.

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Consultant | IT Recruitment
sarahwalsh@morganmckinley.ie