So you’ve passed your online tests, and perhaps you’ve had an over the phone interview. The next step…an assessment centre. Turn up with a positive mind-set and be ready to get involved, preparation is key and will be the confidence boost you need before the day.
Revise your employer
Be ahead of the game, and do your research behind the company before you get there. You don’t want to be caught out being the only one to have not done any background reading. This information will not only support you throughout your assessment centre, but will also come in handy if you get called into a further one to one interview.
Keep up to date with their blogs and what is going on in the news within their sector. Staying topical is important to employers and will show them you are aware of what is happening in the wider business world. Be brave and share your thoughts and opinions on headlines that have caught your attention!
Be professional, not only in your interview attire but in your mannerisms and body language. Assessment Centre’s can be long days therefore it is important that you are ready to be involved for the long haul.
Get stuck in
It’s true what they say, the loudest person in the room is not necessarily the best. Contribute where you feel appropriate, but make sure that your voice is heard at some point. Jot down notes to show that you are acknowledging what others are thinking, this is a good way to highlight your listening skills. Believe in yourself and stay confident, creative and collaborative!
Be yourself, and don’t be late!
It is important to remember that you are not in competition with others in the room, at the end of it all, there’s a job waiting for you. Punctuality is the first part of the test. Don’t force your personality on a situation, and co-operate when you have something valuable to say. Make sure to arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of the day as punctuality is the first part of the test!
Do you need some practice before the big day? Read our Assessment Centres booklet on our Downloads page.
Keep up to date with graduate recruitment schemes and other vacancy sources over on our website: http://www.hud.ac.uk/careers/employmentopportunities/vacancysources/
Likewise, on our Pearltrees collection, you can find a generic Graduate Opportunities collection: http://www.pearltrees.com/employableme or search for graduate schemes split into specific disciplines: http://www.pearltrees.com/employableme/grad-schemes/id14202493
Grace Lenihan, Careers and Employability Service, Students Careers Champion.