Assessment Centres typically include a number of elements:
Social/informal events: Individuals will be invited to meet a variety of people, including other candidates, assessors, and the wider staff and management team.
Psychometrics: Testing is completed by the individual prior to attending the Assessment Centre to look at areas such as Emotional Intelligence, Communication or Leadership Evaluation
Information Sessions: Providing more detail about the business and the roles on offer.
Tests and Exercises: Designed to reveal the individual’s ability and potential. Assessors measure against a set of competencies. Each exercise is designed to assess one or more of these areas. This could be in the form of a case study, in-tray exercises, group exercises and presentations.
Following an Assessment, Assessors would debrief – sharing thoughts and views on the candidate to deliver a final recommendation. A feedback report would also be written to share with the individual.
The following are examples of the skills and traits that businesses are likely to focus on as part of an assessment:
- Team working
- Time management
- Motivation / Enthusiasm
- Data analysis
- Decision making