Assessment centre exercises

Assessment centres are usually designed to include exercises that will measure you against the aspects of the job. For all of the exercises, make sure you understand the chairperson’s instructions or the written brief. If you don’t understand, ask!

Not listening and not reading instructions thoroughly are the two biggest causes of frustration in candidates. I have been moaned at, and even shouted at, by candidates who had not read instructions properly. Losing your temper and having a go at the chairperson is a career-limiting step, I can tell you! And it does happen – I once sent a candidate home from an assessment centre at lunchtime after she’d lost her temper twice! What a waste of an opportunity. Remember, you’re ...

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