What are the assessors looking for?

Unless you’ve applied for a job as a television presenter, or a similar position that involves speaking to groups on a regular basis, it is unlikely that the assessors will be looking for outstanding skills.

The assessors will be looking for you to communicate your message effectively, for you to project yourself confidently and for you to know what you are talking about. They’ll also be trying to gauge how much work you have put into the exercise and how seriously you took it. I once ran an assessment centre in which two of the candidates were ‘late entries’. Each received the briefing pack only the day before. One candidate gave a very poor talk from some scribbled notes and apologised, making the excuse ...

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