Many large employers use assessment centres as one of the final stages of their recruitment process. An assessment centre is a combination of tasks and activities that test your suitability for the job. If you’ve been invited to an assessment centre it’s a fantastic achievement, it means that the employer believes you have the potential to succeed in the role. They can seem daunting, but with good preparation you can improve your chances of success.
Graduate assessment centres vary from employer to employer. Assessment days can be held at an employer’s offices or a hotel. They can last anywhere from half a day to 2 days, requiring an overnight stay. You’ll be joined by a group of other candidates and put in situations that will allow you to demonstrate key workplace skills.
You’ll be assessed by HR specialists and team leaders against job competencies and skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, task management and leadership, through a variety of activities such as group work, presentations, case studies, written tests, psychometric tests and e-tray exercises.
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