Preparing for your assessment centre is essential, below are important considerations to make before and during the event.
Before the day:
- Revisit your application
- Research the organisation
- Think about the competencies sought by the employer
- Give yourself time to prepare any information for which you’ve been asked
- Practise assessment centre skills e.g. interviews, presentations, etc.
- Plan your journey
On the day:
- Arrive in good time
- Listen carefully and be polite
- Join in
- Stay calm and focused
- Always be yourself
- Ask for feedback
- Remember, it’s an event not a location
Group exercise tips
During the assessment centre you may be asked to take part in a group exercise, which is often the best indicator of future performance. During the assesment centre session, you should consider the following:
- The assessors are good but not mind readers, so if you agree with what is being said, say something.
- Try to join in early. Don’t wait until you’re asked to contribute.
- In light of the information given, decide objectives and priorities, make a plan and follow it. Stay focused and remember the plan.
- Be assertive and persuasive, yet diplomatic. Get your message across in a positive, supportive way. Often a company is looking for team player not team leaders. Remember you’re applying for a graduate position, not to be the new CEO!
- Remember that the quality of what you have to say is more important than the quantity
- Actively listen to what everyone has to say, through nodding, smiling and eye contact. Try to get the best contribution from everyone.
- Find a balance between putting forward your own ideas and helping the group to complete the task set.
- Keep your cool and use your sense of humour, where appropriate
- Make sure the group keeps to time
- Remember, do join in but don’t be the one doing all the talking. It’s a discussion not a public speaking exercise.