You apply for a job and are invited to an assessment day. They tell you that this will involve a role-play exercise You panic.
There are a lot of misconceptions about role-play exercises. Here we can address a few:
|You have to pretend to be someone else||Potential employers want to see who you are and how you behave in certain situations. The last thing they want to see is amateur dramatics!|
|They are designed to catch you out||You may need to think on your feet at times but this sort of exercise isn’t designed to deliberately trick you|
|You will have to participate in fake and unrealistic scenarios||Role-plays are job simulations- that means they reflect key elements of the job you have applied for. This will provide a realistic picture of how you perform in realistic, relevant scenarios|
|You have to second guess what the actors are thinking||In an interaction you will never know 100% what is going on in the other person’s mind. That’s why you ask questions, look for body language and facial expression cues and work together to establish common ground. Role-play scenarios are no different at all|
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