I interviewed six young people today for a career-entry position as a cadet journalist. Experience was irrelevant. The applicants were school leavers, not university graduates.
The required skills were good English, an awareness of current affairs, curiosity and effective communication.
I asked each of them 11 interview questions. They all performed okay during this stage, and it gave me an idea of their personalities.
Then I gave them a spelling test of 20 words and a general knowledge quiz with 20 questions.
The results were remarkable.
I won’t divulge more for privacy reasons, but there was a real cross-section of scores and I found it a really effective exercise.
Applicants who present well are not necessarily the ones with the best general knowledge and writing skills.
I’ll let the dust settle and write a more detailed review in the future.