What are the typical graduate assessment centre exercises?
Graduate employers design their own assessment centres to test for skills and aptitudes that are right for their own organisations, but they typically contain similar elements and exercises. You can expect a combination of the following:
- Information session. You may be given a presentation about the business at the start of the day or have the chance to find out more through informal discussions with assessors.
- Group exercise. You might be asked to introduce yourself or be asked to discuss an issue related to the industry.
- Aptitude & psychometric tests You may already have taken these online, but could be asked to repeat them to confirm your results.
- E-Tray exercise: This tests your ability to absorb information, prioritise, make decisions and communicate.
- Group exercise This could be a case study discussion, probably involving an issue or project relevant to the business. Alternatively, it could be a group problem-solving exercise. For example, you might be put into teams and asked to construct something.
- Presentation These are often given as part of a case study exercise when you’ll be asked to present your conclusions as part of a group. However, you might instead be asked to prepare an individual presentation in advance and give it on the day.
- Written task You can sometimes be asked to write recommendations or conclusions to a case study exercise instead of giving a presentation. Alternatively, you might be set a writing task such as composing an email or business report.
- Interview. You could have one or more of these, and they could be either one-to-one or panel interviews. Your interviewers could be recruiters from the HR department but are most likely to be senior employees from the area of the business you are applying to, potentially including your future line manager.