The assessment interview

An interview always is a component of the assessment. By conducting an interview the employer tries to get a better understanding of your personality, motivation and interests.

The nature of the interview

The assessment interview is very similar to a regular job interview but focuses more directly on your personality. Its nature is more psychological than a job interview and usually will 'plunge deeper'. An assessment interview is therefore often conducted by a psychologist, but your conversation partner could also be an HR staff member or a member of the board.

Education and career

After a short introduction to start the interview, the conversation will usually move to your education, career and current position. Make sure you can elucidate on your resume and have an explanation for certain choices and activities. You can also take the career choice test to get a better understanding of the career fit for you.

Ambition and motivation

The next topic to come up in the assessment interview is likely to be your ambition and motivation. What drives you and why do you aspire the position you are applying for? The interviewer will be searching for the reasons why you want this position and try to determine if your ambitions and motivations are a good fit for the position in question.


Your competences and strengths and weaknesses are also often a topic in an assessment interview. Before the interview, make sure that you have a good idea of what you do well and what not. Knowing your own weaknesses shows that you are aware of yourself and that you know what your obstacles are, so you can pay attention to them. Never say that you cannot come up with any weaknesses, nobody is perfect.

Hobbies, interests and personal situation

The next topic of the interview will be your hobbies and interests. Make sure that you can name and explain them. Pick the most interesting hobbies and try to find similarities with the position you are applying for. Your personal situation will also be discussed briefly in an assessment interview.

Another component of assessments consists of tests, researching different aspects. Read more about assessment tests.