|What to Expect at an Assessment Event|
|by Matt Kirkman|
The vast majority of recruitment
processes usually consist of one or two interviews
and then hopefully a job offer. However, some
companies like to do things differently, and they
often choose an alternative approach that provides a
much more in-depth assessment of all the candidates
that look good on paper, in order to see which ones
would make the most suitable hires. This is achieved
by asking candidates to attend assessment events,
which typically last a whole day, and consist of a
variety of exercises designed to identify the
individuals with the necessary skills for the roles
Companies like assessment events because they allow a team of recruiters to spend a lot more time with the candidates, and see how they perform in a number of different situations, which gives them a much better insight into which individuals have the skills they need. Even though it might not seem like it, these events are also a great opportunity for candidates, as it gives you the chance to demonstrate what you can do, rather than just talking about it in an interview.
The structure of an assessment event
While assessment events can vary, depending on the roles being recruited and the skills the company is looking to assess, in most cases they tend to include the following.
Formal sessions - To begin the event, most companies will hold a formal session where they tell you all about the organization, the roles they are recruiting, and what you can expect over the course of the day. This helps to ease you into what can be a very demanding day, and also provide you with the information you need to give your best performance. You may also get the chance to ask any questions you have, and it’s possible that there will be a similar type of session after your lunch break or at the start of the second day, depending on how long your particular event lasts.
Tests and exercises - Once the organization has told you all about themselves and what to expect from the event, you’ll then be asked to take part in a number of different exercises, each designed to test the skills and abilities the company is looking for, including:
- These are the gaps between the formal sessions and
the various exercises you will take part in, and
could include simply waiting for the next session to
begin, a coffee or lunch break, or even an evening
meal if the event is over two days. The important
thing to remember is that, as informal as they might
seem, it’s likely that you’re still being assessed
during these times, so make sure you behave
One of the biggest challenges when you’re preparing
for an assessment event is that you’re usually not
sure exactly what you’re going to have to do until
you get there. If you know what kind of exercises
will be included in the event that’s a good start,
but in these situations it’s best to try and prepare
for everything, so make sure you do the following.
When it comes to the actual day of your assessment, there are a number of things you need to remember if you want to give your best possible performance.
At the end of the day, if you have the skills and abilities that the recruiter is looking for, performing well at an assessment event is about understanding that and simply being yourself. Genuine candidates who can demonstrate the relevant competencies, and get on with the other candidates and the recruiters over the course of the day, will always be at the top of the list of individuals the company wants to progress to the next stage.
|The Assessment Event|
|The Behavioral Interview|
|The Group Interview|
|The Informal Interview|
|The Panel Interview|
|The Scenario Interview|
|The Second Interview|
|The Structured Interview|
|The Technical Interview|
|The Telephone Interview|
|The Video Interview|