Chief Audit Executive

The Structured Interview (Chief Audit Executive)

This Structured Interview is intended for selection at the Chief Audit Executive level. The interview consists of behavioural and situational questions that assess six key competencies required of a Chief Audit Executive. The questions are job-related and systematic, making this tool an effective and valid source of information in fair and accurate selection decisions, especially when used in conjunction with the Structured Reference Check.

Competencies assessed

  • Values and ethics;
  • Strategic thinking – analysis;
  • Strategic thinking – ideas;
  • Engagement;
  • Action management; and
  • Communication.

How the Structured Interview works

The Structured Interview consists of two types of questions:

  • Behavioural questions — candidates are asked to describe a professional experience in which they had to deal with a certain type of situation; and
  • Situational questions — candidates are asked to describe how they would respond to a hypothetical situation.

Before the interview, candidates receive a printed version of the interview questions and have 20 minutes to read the questions and prepare their responses.

The actual interview is a maximum of 50 minutes. There are six interview questions, each targeting one competency. During the interview, all Interview Board members take detailed notes of the candidate’s responses to all questions. Following the interview, the information is compiled and integrated by the board members, who subsequently discuss the information and observations gathered during the interview and achieve a consensus regarding the performance of each candidate.

Candidate information

The Structured Reference Check (Chief Audit Executive)

The Structured Reference Check is a useful source of information on a candidate’s past performance and behaviour. The Structured Reference Check provides reference checkers with a structured set of questions that assess four competencies. Referees are asked to provide examples of behaviours that the candidate has demonstrated in relation to the target competencies. The Structured Reference Check is to be used as part of the assessment process for selection at the Chief Audit Executive level; it is most useful when used with the Structured Interview.

Competencies assessed

Competencies at the Chief Audit Executive level are assessed by a supervisor. The Structured Reference Check assesses four competencies:

  • Values and ethics;
  • People management;
  • Action management; and
  • Financial management.

How the Structured Reference Check works

  • Guidelines are sent to the referees to assist them in preparing for the Structured Reference Check;
  • Reference checkers then contact each referee and conduct the reference check. The reference checker ensures the examples provided describe the candidate’s past accomplishments in a structured manner — clearly showing how the target competencies were demonstrated in the workplace; and
  • When the structured reference check is conducted by the Personnel Psychology Centre, PPC provides personalized reports to the human resources advisor or the manager responsible for the appointment process.
Report a problem or mistake on this page
Please select all that apply:

Thank you for your help!

You will not receive a reply. For enquiries, contact us.

Date modified: