WHAT ARE THEY USED FOR? It is becoming increasingly more Why are companies choosing to use common for companies to run assessment centres? a series of extended selection Basically they get to see what you procedures, including assessment can do rather than what you say centres. They are usually part of you can do. It also provides you with the initial selection process and the opportunity to learn about the successful candidates progress to the company and get a taster for what the first interview stage. position would involve.WORK FIT 2012 - PART 4: ASSESSMENT CENTRES WWW.YOLKRECRUITMENT.COM
DIFFERENT TYPES OF ASSESSMENT CENTRES Social/informal events Information sessions Where you meet a variety of people, including Which provide more detail about the organisation other candidates, the assessors, recent and the roles available. The information provided graduates and senior management. It provides to you is likely to be more up-to-date than your a great opportunity for you to find out about the own internet research. organisation and to ask more questions. Tests and exercises Although these events seem informal, remember Designed to reveal your potential and test you. to remain professional and act in a positive Assessors at assessment centres measure you manner throughout. against a set of competencies and each exercise is designed to assess one or more of these areas.WORK FIT 2012 - PART 4: ASSESSMENT CENTRES WWW.YOLKRECRUITMENT.COM
WHAT PREPARATION CAN YOU DO? As the days vary so greatly depending on the organisation it can be difficult to prepare for them but the same basic rules apply as per any interview situation. Make sure you research the company as you will be usually quizzed on this. Be prepared to have to speak in front of a group of strangers - if you don’t do this often it can be quite difficult so try practising with friends or family.WORK FIT 2012 - PART 4: ASSESSMENT CENTRES WWW.YOLKRECRUITMENT.COM
WHAT TO DO ON THE DAY? • Be there with plenty of time to spare and start • When presented with a group exercise getting talking to the other candidates before the the answer correct is not as important as how assessment starts - this will make the day a lot you conduct yourself. easier for you. • Your level of motivation will be assessed • Listen carefully to the instructions given to you throughout the day so ensure you remain at the start of the day and always read the focused and on it! information you are given thoroughly • You are not expected to be good at every exercise – an assessment centre gives you the chance to show your strengths in different work based scenariosWORK FIT 2012 - PART 4: ASSESSMENT CENTRES WWW.YOLKRECRUITMENT.COM
ETIQUETTE & TIPS• Treat the other candidates with respect, • Think outside the box - some of the yes you are competing against each other challenges will involve you to be a little but doesn’t give you the excuse to be rude. creative with your solutions.• Get stuck in - they can’t assess your • Relax and be yourself - this can be difficult abilities if you don’t show them off. when you are being constantly watched• Don’t be afraid to disagree with others but you don’t want to come across uptight but do in a professional and constructive and wary. manner.WORK FIT 2012 - PART 4: ASSESSMENT CENTRES WWW.YOLKRECRUITMENT.COM
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