Your Guide to Assessment Centres
If you ever find yourself on the hunt for a new job, you may have to report to an assessment centre. These locations are going to be important for the application process, so let’s take a look at what you can expect.
So, What’s an Assessment Centre?
So, first and foremost, what’s an assessment centre?
If you get an invitation to an assessment centre, it means that employers want to see your full skillset. The modern job interview can be restrictive so far as seeing your skills.
That’s usually why you get invited to an assessment centre. Employers can find out exactly who’s going to be the best fit for the job! By putting you through some tests to really see who’s capable of what, companies get a better idea of who to hire.
What Activities Are There?
So you’ll usually find an assessment centre is a location like a hotel. However, it may be done via Zoom or a video-calling app because of the pandemic - it depends a lot on cases in your area.
However, you’re likely to run into the same kinds of activities regardless, so let’s look at the common ones.
These tests will often quiz you on the company, industry-expected practices, and other theoretical knowledge you should have.
There will still probably be a traditional interview. Just treat it like normal and prepare to answer questions.
A roleplay gives the interviewer a chance to see how well you would perform in the position. Remember to act professionally and calmly throughout.
If teamwork is an important part of the job, then you can expect to do some team-building activities. Remember that employers are looking for teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
You might be asked to analyse a case study during the assessment. There will often be a scenario in place, and you’ll have to give advice or recommendations. It’s important to display the correct attitude and thinking process - it’s not necessarily about the protocol.
These are typically either personality tests and aptitude tests. There’s not a lot you can do as such for the former - you are who you are, so try and let your innate talents shine through.
You may find that you need to give a presentation. Remember that this can help employers to identify strong candidates, so prepare as much as you can.
Sometimes called in-tray exercises, employers are looking to see what order you do tasks in, and why. This test helps to identify your thinking process.
Getting Your Results
So, when you’ve done all the tests, your employer will generate a score for you. You can be scored on a variety of different things - critical thinking, interpersonal skills, problem-solving ability and teamwork are all common criteria.
You might find out immediately if you’re successful, but it can also take a few days to find out if you’re the lucky winner.
Last Minute Tips and Tricks
-- Don’t dwell on mistakes - move on, and maintain professionalism.
-- Explain your decisions and thought processes - it helps to give the assessors confidence.
-- Take a proactive role during discussion but make sure to include everyone.
-- Focus on your skills, try not to worry about everyone else.
Assessment centres can be a challenge, but they’re also a good way to stand out. Believe in yourself and focus on making the best impression.