How to Ace an Assessment Centre…
It’s getting to that time of the year where many of the jobs and schemes you may have applied for during term 1 are finally inviting you to assessment centres. It’s amazing to have come so far after all this hard work, but now is the time for you to really plan and prepare so you can be the best version of yourself to your (hopefully) future employers! This blog is dedicated to helping you do just that!
Assessment centres are generally the final step before landing yourself a job, so congratulations if you made it this far! If you haven’t had any news yet, then don’t be stressed – just use this post as a good bit of preparation that you can certainly use for any future assessments or even interviews.
If you haven’t done an assessment centre before – or if you’ve had previous bad experiences – then they can be an extremely daunting day to jump into! My first assessment centre was during my second year of university and I almost missed my train, spilled an entire bottle of water in my bag, and then couldn’t find the building – so if you think your day will be terrifying, I promise it will never be as bad as that! But all jokes aside, they are honestly an amazing opportunity to showcase all of your amazing and unique skills and passions, allow you to gain confidence and finally, let you speak for yourself on how great a candidate you are without having to fill in online surveys or answer those horrid multiple-choice tests!
Prep, prep, prep
It might go without saying, but the best thing you can do before an assessment centre is actually research the job you applied for and the company as a whole! Assessment centres usually have activities and discussions that are accessible without a great deal of knowledge on the company, but it’s ALWAYS a bonus to know things like the company’s values, why you applied for job in the first place, and what YOU can offer them as an employee; make some quick bullet points in a notebook or a diary and read through them the night before.
Visit Warwick Careers and Skills
Warwick Careers and Skills is such an incredible tool at times like this; they offer lots of practice assessment centres, group activities, and one-on-one interviews with people skilled in graduate scheme applications. Definitely have a quick chat with one of the advisers to make sure you go into your assessment centre feeling confident and prepared. Also keep an eye out for events like this within your department; sometimes they’re not very well advertised so it’s worth checking with your department coordinator too.
Don’t get lost
It sounds so silly, but if you have an assessment centre in a place you don’t know too well, PLEASE search it online and prepare exactly how you’re going to get there! The majority of the ones I’ve attended have been in London, and while I know how to get to shops and tourist attractions, I really had to learn my way round the tube and the city to make sure I got there on time (this definitely didn’t always happen though!). Use Google Maps and plan out a route; don’t worry about the cost of it too much as assessment centres usually reimburse you for your train tickets.
Believe in yourself!
The final thing to do before you head off to an assessment centre or interview is to believe in yourself. Sounds easy but often it’s the most difficult step of all. If (like me) you’ve been faced with a lot of job rejections this year, it’s hard to believe that you’ll actually end up with a job; but I promise if you believe you can do something it’s so much more likely to happen!
Stay calm, be confident and good luck!
Feel free to comment or message and specific questions and I’ll help as best I can!