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Assessment Centres


There are many different ways for an interviewer to shortlist candidates. I have looked at general interviews, telephone interview, psychometric testing and so on. Another area that potential employers use to assess potential candidates capabilities are what are known as assessment centres. Again these are not generally used in isolation. They will form part of the whole selection process. An assessment centre is a place where you will take a test that will probably involve some form of practical work.

Some jobs, by their nature alone, are going to be dependent upon a fully interactive well oiled team. It may be very, very important to the employer that the candidate who is offered the job is able to thoroughly interact with his colleagues to ensure that each project carried out runs smoothly and efficiently. For example you may be put with a group with other candidates and given a project to do. It could be something fairly simple like giving you a model bridge to build as a team, but with a deliberate problem built into the job. What will happen is you will work together to solve the problem and complete the project whilst you are being observed by the assessors or interviewer. What they will do is make notes about each candidate and the chances are they will be looking out for certain aspects, such as who takes the lead of the team, how well you interact with each other etc, etc.

It is often the case that you will get two or more people with the same type of leadership skills on one of these projects, hence possibly causing a clash of personalities. Your assessor will be looking at how well you can communicate with the other people. If you are a true team player or a natural leader then this type of test is a real opportunity to show your skills off and far less imposing than some of the other tests. If you enjoy being creative and interacting with others these assessments can be quite enjoyable. Aside from carrying out little projects you may also have to get involved with group discussions. There could be tasks where you are given a situation that has to be resolved with role play. Some tests may involve physical exercises which take you away for a couple of days and involve getting from one destination to another via an assault course to evaluate your team and leadership skills etc, etc.

Remember that you are under scrutiny by your assessors for each and everything you do whilst you are carrying out your tasks. Don’t try and pretend you are a different person or something you are not These tests can take anything from several hours to several days to complete and trying to make out that you are a natural born leader, when you are not, will show through and your assessor will spot it a mile off.

Finally one thing I would add is that even if you are not a natural born leader you must contribute and get involved. If you just sit there and have no input or say nothing, it won’t look good at all. Remember not to get into arguments with your team mates. Try and discuss any issues calmly. As I have mentioned it’s always easy to start getting frustrated if you find yourself clashing with another team member and it is an issue that is fairly likely to raise its ugly head. If you get involved stay cool headed and professional. Try and enjoy the experience. It is a great way to enhance your interview skills and even in some cases make new friends!

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