Maria. Thanks for coming in for the interview.
Maria: It's my pleasure. Thanks for inviting me
Interviewer: Well, as
you know, the company has been expanding and we have an opening in our HR
department. We're creating a new role for someone to lead our training and
development within the company.
Maria: Yes, I
very much think that my skills and experience are a good fit for what you're
sounds great. So, your CV looks strong, though it would be good if you could
give us an overview, in your own words, of what you've been doing over the past
four years or so.
Maria: Well, in
my first job, four years ago, I was working for a small HR services provider
which offered HR services, including L&D, to corporate clients.
Interviewer: OK, so it was
Maria: Yes, we only offered
services to other companies, not B2C
Interviewer: Right, and it
says here you then left that company about three years ago.
that's right. I was looking for a little more stability and also to be part of
a larger organisation. So I joined a company with around one hundred staff and
a small HR team. As there are only a few of us, we each deal with a range of HR
topics. In addition to payroll, one of the areas I was responsible for was
learning and development.
Interviewer: I see. So why
do you want to change jobs now?
Maria: Well, I
very much like the L&D side of my role and I've always had particularly
good feedback for my work in this area. I believe I excel in that field. So,
I'm looking to specialise, and as your company has around 2,000 people,
Interviewer: Yes, that's
Maria: Well, an
organisation of this size would give me the scope to specialise in L&D. I'm
also a big follower of your brand and feel fully aligned with your image and
Interviewer: Well, that all
sounds good. And I can see you have an L&D qualification.
Yes, I got a diploma two years ago. I am also
currently working on a further diploma in psychology, with a specific focus on
learning and performance management.
Interviewer: Very good.
Well, it looks like you have the qualifications and experience we're looking
for. What do you think will be the main challenges of coming to a much larger
Maria: I can see
that it might be perceived as a weakness to not have experience in an
organisation of this size, though I see that it could also be a benefit. I
won't be bringing too many preconceived and possibly inflexible ideas
with me to the role.
Interviewer: Yes, that would
be a good thing.
Maria: Also, I'm
used to taking a very personal approach to employee development. I realise that
such an approach with 2,000 staff members will have to happen in a different
way, but I bring many ideas with me that can be replicated on a larger scale.
Interviewer: I see what you
mean. Right, so, do you have any questions for me?
Maria: Um, I
think we've covered many of the areas I had wanted to address. I have two quick
Interviewer: Go on.
Maria: Who would
I mostly work with on a daily basis?
Interviewer: Well, there's
the HR manager who you would report to. And then the HR team, which currently
has six people in it. There's usually an intern or two who you can get some
support from also.
Thanks. That's all really clear. And my other question is how performance in
this role will be measured. What does success look like?
Interviewer: That's a good
question. As you know, we have a performance management system in place and
from that, we have identified some learning and development needs within the
organisation. But we haven't devised a strategy. Your role would be to devise
and then successfully implement this strategy.
Maria: Thank you.
That sounds interesting
Interviewer: Great. So,
thanks again for coming in today. We'll be discussing all candidates next week
and then I'll get back to you by the end of next week to let you know the
Maria: Thank you
for your time. I'd welcome the opportunity to continue discussing this role
Source: British Council