These are used a lot more often for Graduate jobs but still common place for placements with companies like Jaguar-Landrover and Savills. Their main purpose is to assess your key workplace skills such as your ability to communicate, work in a team, solve problems, manage a task as well any leadership flair you may possess. These abilities are assessed through activities like presentations, group work, case studies and in-tray exercises.
How to behave:
The assessment centre situation may seem false, but everybody is in the same boat and you need to show them that you would make a fantastic employee. Read here to find out the basic behavioural qualities that employers are looking for.
For most people this is the part of the assessment day that fills them with dread, find out what makes the perfect presentation.
Teamwork is a key part of any assessment centre day. Recruiters will be watching to see how you would perform within their team if you were given the job. Find here what it is that they are looking for and how to impress them.
Case study exercises in many ways similar to competency questions at interview. Recruiters are looking to see how well you could perform in the job.
Time management plays an important role in the workplace. These exercises attempt to establish how you would you cope with an inbox full of urgent tasks and limited time. You need to show that you can prioritise under pressure. Find out how.
The insider’s guide to assessment centres
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