Assessment Centres - Overview
Assessment Centres typically take place over one or two days and involve a range of recruitment activities e.g. interviews, psychometric tests, group tasks, presentations, in-tray exercises.
The schedule of an assessment centre will vary from company to company.
Watch this video of a real-life graduate assessment centre via QOL: At the Assessment Centre (QOL ->Other -> Careers Videos)
Find some useful tips on what to expect and how to prepare on Targetjobs: Assessment Centres
Some key points:
- You will beassessed against the job criteria and not against the other candidates – all candidates at an assessment centre may be offered the job, or none may be offered the job.
- If you feel you have under-performed in one task, motivate yourself to tackle the next tasks positively, as it is overall performance that counts.
- Research the company to identify skills the assessors may look for, and demonstrate these skills wherever possible – even at the informal coffee breaks.
- If psychometric tests play a part, familiarise yourself with them by practising a few.
You can arrange an appointment via MyFuture to get some help with preparing for an upcoming assessment centre.