Chapter 12

How to succeed in assessment centres

Assessment centres were first pioneered in the UK by the armed forces and are now used by a number of organisations to select people for jobs. They are very often called ‘development centres’ when used for internal selection purposes, or to identify fast-trackers and people with potential for promotion. For most candidates it’s a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. Depending on the job, procedures can last from half a day to three days or more.

In the early part of my career I (successfully!) attended a couple of assessment centres as a candidate, and since my move into HR management I have run dozens of assessment centres. So I hope the following ‘inside information’ will be useful. See also the chapters ...

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