What to expect for your government job interview

Going for an interview is a nerve-wracking experience, but an interview for one of the government jobs in the Western Cape can be especially difficult. You will have to prepare yourself for this interview by getting to know the company, researching what the role entails and you will need to practice some interview questions so that you do not fumble when asked things such as, ‘So, tell us about yourself?’ Below is some advice on what to expect for your government job interview.

There are different types of interviews
Many government jobs in the Western Cape have different types of interviews that cater to the different types of jobs that they are offering. The main two interview types are the one-on-one interview, which is standard practice, while the other one is the panel interview.

One-on-one interview: These interviews are geared towards finding out more about you as a person, such as how you will interact with your colleagues, and as a professional, such as your prior experience before this job. You might be observed by others during this interview, and each one-on-one interview is ‘new’, despite the fact that you will be saying similar things every time. These are usually formal and structured interviews so as not to waste time with small talk.

Panel interview: A panel interview is popular in some government agencies as a way to get a good idea about an ideal candidate. You will have questions fired at you from all angles (figuratively and literally) but you will also have the opportunity to ask a lot of questions too. It is an efficient way for a company to see how well you handle pressure and it allows all the important people to meet you in order to decide if you are a good fit for the role and the company.

Once you know what type of interview you will be experiencing, you can better prepare yourself for the day.

You might be given an ‘in-basket exercise’ to complete
The best way for hiring managers to find good employees is to give them a test to complete during the interview in order to judge their performance. This is known as an ‘in-basket exercise’ and entails whatever the hiring manager dreams up for you to complete, based on the role you are applying for.