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British Council Interview Questions

Updated Oct 25, 2014
Updated Oct 25, 2014
26 Interview Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Branch Support Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at British Council.

    Interview Details

    I applied application online. They acknowledge my application immediately (BC only acknowledge short-listed CV). After 5 working days, BC called me for interview. I had 5 days for interview preparation. The interview is not difficult if you well prepare. BC's interview is Competent-based questions. Read BC's behaviour guide carefully before the interview as the interview panel will ask practical questions regarding your past experience to see how it matches with their culture/value.

    Interview Questions
    • - Could you tell me how do you build trust?
      - Could you tell me an example in your past where you handled job difficulty?
      - Tell us how did you work with different parties holding different aims?
      - etc
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Programming Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at British Council in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    An endless application form followed by questions that were the same as those int he application form. Felt very bureucratic.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Role Within Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency – interviewed at British Council in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Very quick and easy to get to interview. Competency based question based on the job spec, which were straight forward to prepare for and questions about my CV. Unfortunately still haven't had any feedback 3wks later and they are re-advertising the role through other agencies. Not a great experience.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell us about a time when you had to influence and work closely with someone.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Any Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at British Council.

    Interview Details

    Mostly only Interview - Structured Behaviours/ Competency based questions. Need to have bank of examples available in order to do well. Once you pass the interview, they will also require references, medical check, and sometimes police check.

    Interview Questions
    • Generic competency such as team work, initiative, problem solving, planning ahead   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Very slow process to claim travel. The interview process seemed a waste of time, where it seemed they had already selected a person, but were going through the motions. One of the interviewer completely in there own world.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Marketing Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at British Council.

    Interview Details

    Quite standard with situational questions with your future boss and related departments. You will have to had good track record because it is obligated that you need to have a reference in person to be officially accepted to work in the company. Also, you will be asked to offer reason why you are a good fit for the company in terms of culture.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There was small ground to negotiate because the process is very standardized
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Exams Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Applied after finding vacancy on line. Had a response within a few days and was called to interview the next week. The interview itself was around 45 minutes long. As the position was based in Paris, questions were asked in both English and French which was a little daunting at first.

    Interview Questions
    • No unexpected questions - all questions were based around the competencies that were in the original application.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at British Council in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and was tasked to work on a task to write a 500 word business plan to bring a brand new UK product/service into a new East Asian market. Waited 1 week before they came back with confirmation of a phone interview. Was interviewed on the phone by 3 key Directors (who are based in different countries). Questions asked were mainly based on current or past roles/ experiences.

    Interview Questions
    • - Tell me some innovative sales promotions that you had done previously
      - In 3 bullet points, how are you capable of this position?
      - What are the challenges that you think you would face in this role?
      - Have you faced any challenges in your new territories/ markets and how do you overcome them?
      - KPIs- how are you currently measured against?
      - BC has a strict child safety policy- what are your views on it?
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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at British Council in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Short 45min interview

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Current company improved my package, so stayed

    Declined Offer
    Average Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    EXAMINATION SERVICES MANAGER Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at British Council.

    Interview Details

    Initial Short Listing based on Competencies; Interview based on the same competencies; Panel Interview, with no HR and functional managers; The examples were asked to be real and the evience was noted on a forms

    Interview Questions
    • How would you deal with a situation where you have to take over operations of long standing partners   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    We have good news
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

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