Connecting to LinkedIn...

How to prepare for an assessment centre

Assessment centres are most commonly used for graduate or entry level positions where there is likely to be a large number of interviewees but these are also used as standard for certain roles in some companies. They usually last for one day and are generally used as the first round of the selection process. Participants will be asked to complete a number of activities while being observed and graded.

You can prepare for an assessment centre by researching the company holding the event. Research details of their turnover, competitors and the markets they operate in, as well as exploring their careers website to find out what they expect from their potential employees.

Assessment centres can take a number of different formats but might include some of the elements below:

  • an introduction where you will be given detailed information regarding the company, the roles they’re recruiting for and setting the agenda for the day
  • group and individual exercises deigned to assess your skills, ability to work with others, proficiency for lateral thinking etc.
  • role plays which will require you and other team members to act out a scenario which might occur in the workplace
  • an informal networking event where you will be required to interact with your peers and members of the company

During all exercises and tasks, the assessors are judging your ability to interact and work alongside your colleagues. It’s important to make your voice heard in these situations but to do so without dominating the conversation. Allow other team members to contribute and if you disagree with what they propose, speak up but try to be constructive rather than critical.

The most important thing to remember during an assessment day is that you will be observed at all times and decisions can be made on even the smallest things that you may say or do. Appear professional, polite and approachable at all times and you’re halfway there!

comments powered by Disqus

Why Quest?

  • Unrivalled knowledge of the Retail and Consumer sectors
  • Over 20 years’ experience in finding top talent
  • A database of over 700,000 retail candidates
  • A strong team of experienced account managers
  • International offices in the UK and Middle East
  • Recommended by the world’s leading retail businesses
  • 90% repeat business

Latest Jobs

Head of Merchandising
£100,000 - Saudi Arabia, Ref: Q80190 | Published: 08th Dec 2016

This leading global retailer is searching for an ambitious and highly capable head of Merchandising to join its successful Merchandising team in the retail division. A...

Sales Manager *
£48,000 - £53,000 - Dubai, Dubai Ref: Q101940 | Published: 08th Dec 2016

A Strategic Sales Manager is currently needed by our client, a well-established consumer electronics retailer, where you will be part of an exciting team where you can...

Sales Manager - Iran *
£4,000 - £4,500 - Dubai, Dubai Ref: Q101917 | Published: 08th Dec 2016

A strategic Sales Manager is currently needed by our client, a well-established electronics retailer, where you will be part of the exciting Iran team where you can dr...

Sales Executive - Calculators *
£9,000 - £12,000 - Dubai, Dubai Ref: Q101915 | Published: 08th Dec 2016

An internationally known electronics retailer is currently looking for Sales Executive for Calculators The position is expected to handle the following responsibilitie...

Pre-Sales Manager *
£18,000 - £22,000 - Dubai, Dubai Ref: Q101916 | Published: 08th Dec 2016

An internationally known electronics retailer is currently looking out for Pre-Sales Manager to lead the System Integrators (SI) to success. Reporting to Divisional GM...

Buying/Creative Assistant
£20,000 - £24,000 - London, London Ref: Q101924 | Published: 08th Dec 2016

My client, a gadgets and gifts retailer, is looking for a creative and product focused assistant buyer to join their developing team. Working alongside the existing bu...

Food Buyer
£30,000 - £35,000 - West London, London Ref: Q101928 | Published: 08th Dec 2016

Our client is looking to recruit a Buyer to lead the buying function for a new restaurant chain. In this role you will be responsible for implementing purchasing best ...

Non Food Buyer
£30,000 - £35,000 - West London, London Ref: Q101927 | Published: 08th Dec 2016

Our client is looking to recruit a Buyer to manage the non-consumables side of their business. In this role you will be responsible for implementing purchasing best pr...

QA Manager (Broiler)
£30,000 - £50,000 - Jeddah, Ref: Q101267 | Published: 08th Dec 2016

An excellent opportunity has opened for a Quality Assurance Manager (Broiler) for a leading FMCG manufacturer within the Food and Agriculture industry. The business is...

QA Manager (Hatchery)
£30,000 - £50,000 - Jeddah, Ref: Q101265 | Published: 08th Dec 2016

An excellent opportunity has opened for a Quality Assurance Manager (Hatchery) for a leading FMCG manufacturer within the Food and Agriculture industry. The business i...

Regional Manager (South East)
£40,000 - £45,000 - Kent, Kent Ref: Q101936 | Published: 07th Dec 2016

A British premium fashion brand with impressive growth plans for 2016 is looking for an exceptional general or area manager to lead their high turnover stores in the S...

Store Manager - Cambridge
£25,000 - £30,000 - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Ref: Q101937 | Published: 07th Dec 2016

My client, one of the biggest brands on the high street is looking for a Store Manager in Cambridge Area. The successful candidate must have excellent coaching and lea...

Quest Insights

Retail offers most lucrative pay increase of any job
2016-11-17 11:00:00 +0000

Working as a retail representative offers the best pay increase opportunity of any job, according to a new study by Glassdoor. Retail ranked the second highest in terms of workers on minimum wage last year, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), with over 50 per cent of retail jobs paying below the Living Wage. Yet new data has found those who stick with their job for a significant period stand to cash in on their loyalty. A retail representative who stays in their role for eig... Read more.