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Fact Finding Exercise


Hi, I have been asked to attend an assessment centre and one of the interviews will be a fact finding exercise. I have read a few

arcticles on the net about what it involves but was worndering if I can find some examples exercises and responses/answers so that I can

practice and know what I am expected to do.

many thanks.

6 Responses

  1. I’d ask!

    Hi Shana

    I wouldn’t know what the heck they meant by "one of the interviews will be a fact finding exercise"……

    ~am I role playing with someone to find out facts?

    ~are they interviewing me and asking questions about my past to find out facts

    ~am I going to be given some data and asked to sift facts out of it

    ~or am I, like an MP, going to be taken to a far away land on a fact-finding tour?

    If I were you, I’d phone them up and ask them for some clarification.

    PS I’m not entirely sure whether you are attending the assessment centre as a "candidate" or an assistant assessor but I’d still call whichever!


    I hope this helps


  2. Fact Finding Exercise

    Hi Rus,

    I am attending as a candidate.

    Many thanks for the advice, I did call them and they said I will be role playing with someone to find out facts. I will need to ask questions to get some information/facts from the person but they will only answer my questions without volunteering information.

    Would you know where I can get examples to practice this kind of exercise.

  3. 5 Why’s
    Hi Shana

    I’m offering this with a “caution” attached as it could be annoying!

    Take a look at The 5 Why’s…a questioning technique used in a variety of situations, including policework and project management.

    Good luck


    PS: If your interviewer starts turning purple you have probably asked one too many whys!

  4. an alternative view of the 5 whys

    Thanks very much Rus. Exactly what I was looking for.

  5. Same situation


    I am also supposed to have a fact finding exercise, they said it’s role playing. Please kindly tell me your experience, what kind of questions did you get? Did you have to give any presentations as well?

    Thanks in advance

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