Assessment Centres: do you know what to expect? The Employability Points team discuss what Assessment Centres are and how you can prepare for one with the Employability Points Scheme.
Graduate employers are increasingly coming to the conclusion that individual interviews are insufficient in determining the suitability of candidates for a prospective job. Their solution is (the often dreaded) assessment centres, which is considered to be the fairest and most accurate method of selecting candidates.
Assessment centres often include a range of group activities, presentations, individual interviews and psychometric testing.
If you have never attended an Assessment Centre before, it can be difficult to know what to expect, and even if you have attended one in the past, it can be even more difficult to know whether you have done well, unless you receive a job offer.
From the moment they arrive at an Assessment Centre, a candidate must show themselves in their best light. They are under constant scrutiny and recruiters are looking for the demonstration of a range of specific skills.
In order to ensure University of Kent students are fully prepared for this method of graduate recruitment, we have arrange mock assessment centres with two top graduate recruiters as EP rewards!
Our first sponsoring company is Enterprise Rent-a-Car, who have a multi-award winning graduate scheme. EP students will be put through their paces and even if this is not a sector where you plan to start a career, this will give you experience which can be applied to any real assessment centre scenario.
Our second sponsoring company is Santander Universities, who will be running a session in collaboration with the EP team. A maximum of 10 students will be put through their paces with 1-1 interviews, challenging group tasks and presentations. Again, you don’t need to be interested in retail banking to significantly benefit from this session! All students will receive comprehensive written feedback.
All the mock assessment centres will cost 75 points and students can redeem their points to apply in late March 2016.
With that in mind, make sure you have at least 75 points by 21st March 2016 to benefit from these fantastic opportunities.
Take a look at the 2014/15 Santander Mock Assessment Centre by clicking here.