When it comes to graduate programmes, most employers will ask you to visit an assessment centre before offering you a role. Here are a few tips to help you prepare.
All assessment centres are different – for instance, at Lloyds Banking Group, they do interviews, group exercises and some exciting virtual reality (VR) challenges. Other organisations do individual presentations. Employers will send some information beforehand so you know what to expect. But, to keep you one step ahead, below are some of the things that are likely to be on the agenda as part of a Lloyds Banking Group assessment centre:
Everyone in the room will introduce themselves, and the assessors or those on the current graduate programme will talk a little bit about their business. There might be an ice-breaker exercise too, to help everyone get comfortable.
2. Group Exercise
Often, the assessor will ask you to read a case study – perhaps a scenario of something that could happen in their business. You’ll need to discuss it with your group and recommend what the people in the scenario should do. You might also do a practical exercise.
In either case, the assessor isn’t actually too concerned about you getting to the ‘right’ outcome. They just want to find out how you think and how you work with others.
3. Micro Exercises
You will be asked to complete various micro-exercises which have been designed to test specific skills that have determined as being relevant to the graduate programme you are applying for. They are short, bite-sized exercises so that you don't feel daunted by one big exercise. Don’t panic if you feel like you haven't done so well in one, that's why we have several so you can showcase your strengths in various ways.
This is your chance to meet the assessor away from the other candidates. You’ll be able to talk about your motivations and your strengths, and ask any questions. You might also do some tests, exploring things like verbal or numerical reasoning.
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