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Case Studies
An Introduction to Assessment Centre
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What is a Case Study
- A common tool for assessment days.
- A scenario in which you have ...
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Technical Information
- Information provided in the form of a company case study, i.e. ex...
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Main Skills Tested
Writing and reporting | Deciding and initiating action |
Presenting an...
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Target Audiences
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Tips – Analysis & Content
- Differentiate between relevant and irrelevant data.
- Do not ...
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Tips – Analysis & Content
− You can use the following frameworks for establishing your
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Tips – Analysis & Content
− During the exercise, start preparing for your presentation, i...
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Tips – Behaviour
- Explain yourself in a clear and logical way.
- When you are asked a di...
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Tips – Behaviour
- Control your reactions to stress and pressure – express confident
body...
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General Examples:
1. Scenario*
You take on the role of a newly recruited manager to
Curac...
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General Examples:
2. Scenario*
Work out what information would be needed in order
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3. Should Company 5 stop selling cell-phones from 2G, and start selling
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Assessment Centre Case Study - An Introduction by JobTestPrep

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Assessment Centre Case Study - An Introduction by JobTestPrep

  1. 1. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk Case Studies An Introduction to Assessment Centre
  2. 2. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk What is a Case Study - A common tool for assessment days. - A scenario in which you have to play a role of a key figure in the organization. - Contains a lot of data, some of which is irrelevant to the given problem. - Customised to the position (graduate/manager, etc.), future role and company.
  3. 3. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk Technical Information - Information provided in the form of a company case study, i.e. extensive verbal data, summarising its key issues. - For business oriented roles, the case study would usually include graphical or tabular data as well. - In the end you will have to present your conclusions in front of an interview panel. - Duration: Analysis: 50-60 minutes. Presentation: 15 minutes. Answering relevant questions: 10-15 minutes.
  4. 4. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk Main Skills Tested Writing and reporting | Deciding and initiating action | Presenting and communicating information | Persuading and influencing | Synthesising information and working with facts provided | Leading and supervising | Numerical and verbal skills | Adhering to principles and values | Recognizing and setting priorities
  5. 5. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk Start Practicing Here >> Or call now +44 0871 2841518 Start Practicing Here JobTestPrep now offer Online & Skype-based preparation
  6. 6. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk Target Audiences Nowadays, case studies/analysis exercises are required at almost every job description and industry.
  7. 7. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk Tips – Analysis & Content - Differentiate between relevant and irrelevant data. - Do not assume facts; rather, ask professional questions that could form your assumptions. - Reflect your thoughts from the point of view of the figure you are simulating in the exercise. - Include as many factors as you can to give your answers a rich and comprehensive garnet. - Remember: the exercise assesses learning and does not assume prior knowledge.
  8. 8. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk Tips – Analysis & Content − You can use the following frameworks for establishing your answer: competitors, buyers, customers, costs, suppliers, and shareholders; also strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threat analysis, etc. − Justify your decision according to the background information provided.
  9. 9. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk Tips – Analysis & Content − During the exercise, start preparing for your presentation, i.e., summarise your ideas. − Build the presentation with clear, concise bullet points. − Each bullet should address a specific issue or problem. − Each question or task requires a separate slide. − Do not add too much text per bullet point, rather explain and convey your ideas with examples orally.
  10. 10. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk Tips – Behaviour - Explain yourself in a clear and logical way. - When you are asked a difficult question, do not say that you did not have enough time to prepare yourself. Instead, look for a creative, confident answers, such as: “I haven't thought of that point, but I think we should examine how to incorporate it with my idea.” - Maintain good eye contact with your interviewer. !
  11. 11. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk Tips – Behaviour - Control your reactions to stress and pressure – express confident body language. - Do not be hasty. There is no need to immediately respond to a question. Form your answers by integrating ALL relevant information. - Be sure of yourself. Do not apologise or get defensive. - Do not object to criticism – look as if you are willing to hear other opinions.
  12. 12. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk General Examples: 1. Scenario* You take on the role of a newly recruited manager to Curaco Pharmaceuticals. You are given information about a branch office in a fictional country which you have been asked to manage. This includes information on customers, products, staff, P&L, sales and local competition. You must examine this information and come up with a plan for improving the performance of the branch office. The plan should cover: sales, financial performance and the overall management of the office. You are required to present your findings and recommendations. Level : Middle manager Role: Manager Exercise administration: 10 minutes Analysis: 90 minutes Presentation: 15 minutes Questioning: 15 minutes *TakenfromSHLwebsite.
  13. 13. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk General Examples: 2. Scenario* Work out what information would be needed in order to come to a decision about an advertising project. The decision is based on a selection of statements about a budgeting decision for advertising jars of body-massage cream. An information and question booklet provides you with details about the company’s rules for advertising, total amount of jars sold in a campaign, margin on a sale, selling price and total costs for a product. The task is completed by indicating what information is lacking in order to come to the right decision. *TakenfromOPPwebsite(ABLE).
  14. 14. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk A Graph Example: 23 14 20 16 12 19 15 27 35 45 32 37 23 12 11 9 7 10 22 11 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 US UK France India MarketShare Country Cell-Phone Market Share by Countries Company 5 Company 4 Company 3 Company 2 Company 1
  15. 15. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk Mark Sanders From: Mark Sanders [mailto:mark_san74@gmail.com] Status: Urgent Sent: [Today] 10:17 To: [You] Cc: Subject: Company 3 Hi David, I have a meeting with Sarah Jacobs, the CTO of Company 3, on Thursday. She is interested in utilising our latest GSM technology to grow the organisation significantly over the next 3 years. It appears that they have sufficient financial means to take on such an adventure. Sarah wants to get an advice on the technical expansion options the company has. Can you review the attached files and summarise key points by Tuesday so I will have time to think it through before our meeting? Awaiting your reply, Mark An Email Example:
  16. 16. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk In an interview setting, you would be asked to provide your responses to the following questions: (For answering 3-4 questions, you will have up to 15 minutes). 1. Based on the attached information, estimate the value of Company 1 sales of cell phones – in the US. 2. If the current trends continue, what may be Company 2 revenues in the UK, in 2014? (Include comment on factors particular to this market.) Questions Examples:
  17. 17. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk 3. Should Company 5 stop selling cell-phones from 2G, and start selling only 3G cell phones? 4. In considering possible acquisition, to which other company would you recommend Company 3 to join? 5. What are some of the issues that an investor would want to know before deciding to make an acquisition of company 2? • Be prepared to discuss the information you take into account and how you use the information available in your analysis.
  18. 18. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk Start Practicing Here >> Or call now +44 0871 2841518 Start Practicing Here Practice Case studies with JTP JobTestPrep now offer online & Skype-based preparation
  19. 19. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk Start Practicing Here >> Or call now +44 0871 2841518 Start Practicing Here Practice Case studies with JTP  Full-length case study exercises  Comprehensive solution guides  Self evaluation form or a live developmental feedback from a JTP professional assessor  Insights on how to improve your analysis skills
  20. 20. Copyright: www.jobtestprep.co.uk Good Luck! Visit us at: http://www.jobtestprep.co.uk >> http://www.facebook.com/jobtestprep >>

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