The Structured Interview for Candidates without Internal Audit Experience (AS-07)

This Structured Interview is intended to assess candidates without Internal Audit experience for selection to positions at the AS-07 – Internal Audit Principal level. The interview consists of behavioural and situational questions that assess six key competencies required of an Internal Audit Principal. The questions are job-related and systematic, making this tool a significant source of information in fair and accurate selection decisions, especially when used in conjunction with the Structured Reference Check for candidates without Internal Audit experience.

Competencies assessed

  • Results orientation;
  • Environmental awareness;
  • Relationship management;
  • Analytical and strategic thinking;
  • Project management; and
  • Risk assessment.

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 kind of situation; and
  • Situational questions — candidates are asked to describe how they would respond to a hypothetical situation.

Before the interview, candidates receive printed versions 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.

Definitions of competencies

Results orientation
Focusing personal efforts and the efforts of the others on achieving results consistent with larger priorities and objectives.
Environmental awareness
Integrating the priorities and objectives of the department and government into work products and actions to achieve results.
Relationship management
Developing and maintaining openness and transparency in establishing an internal network, and proactively seeking to develop other networks within the department, across government and with industry to further the organization’s goals.
Analytical and strategic thinking
Interpreting, linking and analyzing information in order to understand issues and provide relevant insight.
Project management
To efficiently and effectively plan, develop, communicate and implement a project to deliver on project objectives.
Risk assessment
Knowledge of and ability to identify, assess and manage risk.

The Structured Reference Check for Candidates without Internal Audit Experience (AS-07)

The Structured Reference Check for candidates without Internal Audit experience 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 a total of nine 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 candidates without Internal Audit experience for selection to positions at the AS-07 – Internal Audit Principal level; it is most useful when used with the Structured Interview for candidates without Internal Audit experience.

Competencies assessed

Competencies at the AS-07 level are assessed by a peer/client and a supervisor/team lead. The Structured Reference Check for candidates without Internal Audit experience (AS-07) assesses four competencies with a peer or client:

  • Results orientation;
  • Communication;
  • Relationship management; and
  • Risk assessment.

The Structured Reference Check for candidates without Internal Audit experience (AS-07) assesses six competencies with a supervisor or team lead:

  • Environmental awareness;
  • Communication;
  • Analytical and strategic thinking;
  • Teamwork;
  • Internal audit; and
  • Additional expertise.

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 that 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.

Definitions of competencies

Results orientation
Focusing personal efforts and the efforts of the others on achieving results consistent with larger priorities and objectives.
Environmental awareness
Integrating the priorities and objectives of the department and government into work products and actions to achieve results.
Communication
Listening to others and communicating, both orally and in writing, in an effective and professional manner that ensures the message is understood.
Relationship management
Developing and maintaining openness and transparency in establishing an internal network, and proactively seeking to develop other networks within the department, across government and with industry to further the organization’s goals.
Analytical and strategic thinking
Interpreting, linking and analyzing information in order to understand issues and provide relevant insight.
Teamwork
Working collaboratively with others, and leading and supporting a team to achieve common goals and positive results.
Risk assessment
Knowledge of and ability to identify, assess and manage risk.
Internal audit
Applying relevant standards, methodologies, tools and techniques when undertaking work and delivering internal audit products.
Additional expertise
Applying business knowledge and subject matter expertise to undertake work and complete assignments.
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