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The Challenge Interview Questions

Updated 16 Jul 2018
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    Assistant Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Reading, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at The Challenge (Reading, England) in March 2017.

    Interview

    It was a group interview with a lot less people than other interviews held by the Challenge (other jobs have up to 50 people there) - we had 7 of us. We were given various activities to complete as a group and given scenarios that we had to work our way through. We were also pulled out of the group sessions for a one on one interview with another interviewer. It was a fun day and the interviewers were friendly and open.

    Interview Questions

    • What previous experience do you have to help with this job?   Answer Question

  2. Helpful (8)  

    Staffing Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at The Challenge (London, England) in October 2015.

    Interview

    To apply you needed to send a copy of your CV and a cover letter specifying why you would suit the role against the dimensions stated in the job description.

    There was an interview that lasted an hour as well as a written task of 30 minutes.
    The written task comprised of 4 elements:
    - writing a speech that you would give when recruiting summer staff
    - prioritise a task list
    - the order of email correspondence you would send to potential staff
    - a budgeting problem

    Interview Questions

    • how would you manage relationships with the summer staff that you are responsible for?   Answer Question
    • what would be a success in your eyes for the summer staff at the end of the programme?   Answer Question
  3. Helpful (1)  

    Senior Mentor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at The Challenge (London, England) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Very straightforward. It involved role playing, team presentations, discussing motivation and creating and participating in ice-breakers. The ice-breakers were particularly annoying because many people had similar ones and it didn't look great if you were one of the last to share yours as you would have to repeat what somebody else had already done.

    Interview Questions


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    Practitioner Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at The Challenge (Birmingham, England) in January 2016.

    Interview

    A fairly long 4 hour interview where you're grouped with 4-5 other candidates and complete various tasks together. Although fairly refreshing and atypical, you're given little to no time to prepare for some of the questions and tasks.
    Although I usually try to stay slightly competitive in group interviews this one was one where there was no need for such an approach - groups are mostly split up so that you're not competing against people for the same role. Try to be as social as possible and do your best to play along in all different scenarios that you're put in.

    Interview Questions

    • What are some of the difficulties you might expect as part of working for The Challenge?   1 Answer
    • You get grouped in pairs of two and one of you is given the literal role of a practitioner and the other one of a young person that's not behaving accordingly.
      One of the sheets contained a scenario where a kid was supposedly missing out on sessions and smoking in the toilets, so you have to resolve this issue with a one-to-one conversation with the kid.   1 Answer

  5. Helpful (1)  

    Programmer Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Leeds, England
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at The Challenge (Leeds, England) in February 2016.

    Interview

    After a successful application, I was invited to a 4 hour group assessment day. I was in a group of around 10 people and we were set tasks such as discussing hypothetical situations that may arise during the job role and how we would handle them, and giving a 2 minute speech about ourselves and our motivations to work on the NCS programme as if we were delivering the speech to 60 young people.

    Interview Questions

    • Give an example of a time you have dealt with challenging behaviour   Answer Question

  6. Helpful (2)  

    Programmer Leader Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at The Challenge (London, England) in February 2017.

    Interview

    - They were really friendly and put me at ease
    - Lots of role play
    -They really wanted us to be relaxed
    - Most of the people at the assessment had worked for The Challenge before but it was a real mix of people and ages going for the APL and PL positions
    - I found out that I was being offered a role within 5 days
    - I originally applied to be a senior mentor, but owing to my experience and CV they assessed me for the roles of APL and PL, and I was offered Programme Leader

    Interview Questions

    • -Give an example of when you have dealt with Challenging behaviour   Answer Question
    • - What would you do if a young person told you they didn't want to go home because they were abused?   Answer Question

  7.  

    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at The Challenge in March 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online. Was contacted to come in for a group assessment. Travelled 20 miles from my hometown to do a group assessment in another city, for a job in my city. The group assessment was OK but i was rushed in the 1-2-1 interview, i dont even know if notes were taken correctly. We did group tasks, then they asked us to give face to face feedback on other candidates performances. The staffing team were helpful and friendly but the recruitment process could miss out skilled candidates as the groups were big and everyone was in competition. So people with great skills could get overlooked by louder competitive not as skilled candidates.

    Interview Questions

    • Have you done residential work?   1 Answer
  8. Helpful (1)  

    Programmer Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Birmingham, England
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at The Challenge (Birmingham, England) in March 2017.

    Interview

    Application form followed by an intense assessment centre in groups of around nine. This included lots of role play activities and discussions of how to deal with potential situations, also a lot of prioritising tasks.

    Unfortunately they did not contact me to let me know I was successful for the job, I had to contact them twice to find out that i had an offer for a role, due to a computer error, which was very confusing. Even still I have not been sent any information regarding the role.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked to prioritise a long list of tasks, some time sensitive.   Answer Question

  9.  

    Assistant Programmer Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at The Challenge.

    Interview

    The interviewers were very flexible and rescheduled the interview to a day that suites me better. They provided all the information I needed such as venue and what to bring etc. The interview itself was very relaxed and you do get the sense that they are not trying to trip you up but get to know you. I was asked to prepare a 5 min presentation as to why I wanted to work for the particular programme I was applying to work in.

    Interview Questions

    • Experience of working with young people.
      Experience of communicating with a variety of people.
      How I would get partners for the programme.
      How I manage a busy workload.   Answer Question

  10. Helpful (1)  

    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Relaxed interview process. Very welcoming and friendly staff. Good feedback given - fair and honest assessments without making you jump through hoops, be prepared, be honest, be yourself.

    Interview Questions

    • Given an example of a time when you failed in a task and how did you respond to this   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There is no room for negotiation it is a fixed pay structure that is common knowledge throughout the company.


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