Center, Essay, and In-Basket
Your assessment center, essay or
in-basket test may include
questions specific to your profession. On the Job
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ESSAY AND SUPPLEMENTAL
Present your thinking in a clear, logical manner.
Where useful, use frameworks and business concepts to organize your answer.
In general, in any situation you will want to:
- Understand the scope of the issue/problem
- Pinpoint the objectives
- Identify the key players
As you practice, you will find yourself developing this framework unconsciously as you attempt to gain clarity over a situation. Capture and package this framework, and have it available by memory (or on paper if you wish) for use at any time.
(These tips have been borrowed from
case interview strategy for consulting from Vault.com.
Use the same or similar wording from the job
requirements and duties. For example, if the job duties refer to
the word management and not supervision.
Provide examples as appropriate. For
example, if you're asked to define excellent customer service, give an example where you
provided excellent customer service. Or if you're asked about your project
management experience, you might want to frame your answer with an actual project that you
managed and the success of that project.
Describe any policies and/or procedures you have written.
Describe your experience in budget preparation and
Describe your experience with project coordination.
Describe your public speaking experience.
Describe your experience, education and training regarding the
use of computers and management information systems.
How has your previous training and experience prepared you to
understand the various levels of data processing, their uses, limitations, and
interrelationships (mainframe, micro, mini, LAN, WAN)
Explain how your experience and training in using 4th
generation application development tools.
- Describe the most challenging situation you have dealt with in
managing people, including what your goal was, how you handled it, and the extent to which
you achieved the goal.
- Tell us how you meet the following minimum qualifications:
Public Agency Administration
Budget Development & Fiscal Management
Collaborative Problem Solving
Community & Interpersonal Relations