An assessment centre tests your abilities in a group setting so assessors can predict your performance in the workplace. Be authentic, remain professional, and work cohesively with your group.
The term ‘assessment centre’ does not refer to a physical place, but rather a series of recruitment activities.
You’re invited to a location for a half or full day with groups of candidates to participate in a series of exercises, some of which will simulate those encountered in the real workplace. Assessment centres are used primarily by medium and large organisations – including those with internship and graduate programs – and the location can be the organisation’s offices, a recruitment agency or a hotel conference facility.
Trained assessors assess your behaviour and performance against a set of pre-established criteria. Based on your individual performance, an organisation predicts how well you would perform in the workplace and fit with the organisational culture.
Many of the tasks are timed, with typical tasks including:
The assessors will be watching to see if you have evidence of behavioural traits required for the job. These can include:
Assessment centre days can be very long, so get a good night’s sleep and have breakfast. Dress professionally and organise your travel arrangements to be on time. Bring any documentation, glasses or medication you may need. Take practice aptitude tests and research the job and organisation beforehand, and do any assigned pre-reading or activities well before the assessment centre date.
Here are some common job interview questions to guide your practice. Research your industry and review the job ad or job description to determine which questions are most relevant to the role you’re seeking.