Preparing for Assessment Centres

  • Arrive fresh and ready for a full day of activities.
  • Don’t worry - Assessment Centres can be fun and you have a high chance of securing a role!
  • Activities may include: presentation exercise, practical team task, psychometric tests, competency-based interviews, analytical exercises and verbal and numerical reasoning, an interview
  • and aptitude/personality testing.
  • Employers may bring in their technical people (as opposed to HR based interviewers) to check you have grasped the fundamentals of your degree course.
  • Revise your subject before attending, particularly the basics you learned in the early days of your study.
  • Make sure that you contribute to a group exercise. Take time to understand any tasks and then manage your time effectively.
  • Do not dwell on any mistakes. Focus on the next task. Most students will not excel in all tasks.
  • Some time may be spent socialising with Assessors and other candidates. Use this time to find out more about the company to reinforce your interest and help you to decide whether working there would suit you.
  • Thank the Assessors for their time before you leave.
An Assessment Centre can be a quite pressurised environment but you do enjoy it and you can learn a lot about yourself. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the company and to make sure they are the right company for you.
Sofia Chambi,
Croda Graduate

If you are unsuccessful, ensure you request feedback from the employer and learn from it. Work on any areas of weakness and go into your next Assessment Centre an improved candidate!