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Interviews at the RSA

What happens at the interview?

We'll review your relevant experience and skills and invite you to attend an interview. This will usually be with a panel of three, including your prospective line manager.

Many of the questions will be behaviourally-oriented (those are the ones that start with something like “Please give an example of a time when you…”), and will likely relate closely to the key skills on the role profile.

The interviewers will want to hear all about your relevant experience and where you’ve really made a difference.

Our interviewers are looking for you to respond by describing the situation, task, the action you took, and the result. They’ll be assessing your relevant skills as well as how you fit in with what the RSA stands for.

You may also be set a challenge relevant to the role you’re applying for – your invitation email will include details. (we won’t spring anything on you!) This might be a presentation on a given topic, or a written task like writing a blog post or a work-sample test.

Tips for your interview

  • Our office dress code is smart casual.
  • Expressing yourself clearly and concisely is a valuable skill.
  • If your invitation email indicates that you’ll be set a written task, you may want to read some of our blogs before your interview so you know what tone to adopt.
  • Ask questions. This is a two-way process – we love a candidate who is engaged with the RSA’s mission and work and is eager to get the most out of the experience of working for us.
  • Make a note of who to ask for when you get to reception (tip: check your invitation email).
  • Remember to breathe.

What happens after the interview?

If you’re successful, we’ll call you as soon as possible (usually the following day). We’ll offer you a starting salary and discuss when you can start.

If you are pipped to the post by someone who better meets the criteria for the role, we’ll inform you by email as soon as possible (usually within 24 hours). We are always happy to provide individual feedback about your interview on request.

We sometimes ask candidates back for a second interview. The purpose of this interview will be to clarify any areas that the panel weren’t able to fully explore at the first interview, and, for line management roles, to discuss line management skills in more detail.