Step 1: Mindset
Every job requirement is different. A technical job requires more procedure and methodological skills, while, a managerial job requires more agility. Thus before starting your e-tray, think for a second - “What is my employer looking for?”
For instance, for a managerial job, cohesiveness and approach will be most important.
Having the right frame of mind will give you the direction in which you position your answers. It will make sure that your answers remain in-sync with your aim.
Step 2: Place in Order
When it comes down to tackling the scenarios, scan all the tasks given to you. After a detailed scan, create an order in which you will resolve the tasks. The tasks with the highest priority should go first followed by tasks with mediocre priority and finally minor tasks. This way you will not approach the given scenarios in a haphazard way. And it will save you so much time and effort.
A way to identify this order is by creating an analysis matrix. Review each item and place it under the designated matrix. You can review it by understanding the depth of every item. Also, check for its implications.
Step 3: Get Down to Business
Now that you understand the priority placed on every time, it’s time to use your analytical thinking. This would include the number of parties affected by your decision; the cost-benefit analysis, the SWOT analysis, etc.
Make sure to review the information already given to you and try to identify the clues. For instance, if you have to create a budget for the company, reason with the frivolous activities.
Companies really appreciate candidates who can read the undertones of a situation.
Step 4: Company’s Ethos
Someone who doesn’t understand a company’s organizational culture can never interpret its ethos.
However, a way to know this is by reading up on the company’s Mission and vision. You can also prepare yourself by understanding the company’s CSR policy, initiatives, and involvement. Employee engagement activities also reflect highly on the company’s ethos.
After you understand this, you can frame your answer more appropriately. For instance, if your company is highly people-oriented and values relations then you may want to avoid cut-throat answers. Instead, be more sensitive, aware and oriented towards benefiting the people. This is just one example of the several different ethoses a company may have.
Step 5: Employer’s Expectation
On the basis of your job post, your potential employer may have some anticipation. The aim of an e-tray is to predict the behavior of the candidate on the job. Thus try to emulate the behaviors favorable in your line of work.
E-tray exercise takes place after the candidate has reached a high level in the valuation process which means that you are really close to getting that job. So relax and be confident.