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Each assessment centre and interview is different and it can be difficult to know what to expect. However, speaking to other students and doing some research can prepare you and make you feel much more confident.

Assessment centres:

  • Always check to see if there is a mission statement or goals that the company works by. If there is, it is highly likely that they will ask you how their values align with your own and how this makes you a good fit for the company.
  • If the company has asked you to prepare a presentation of some sort, ensure that you have thoroughly researched your question and have data to back it up. Companies make decisions based off of market data, so highlighting you have the ability to do that will make you stand out.
  • There potentially will be a group task, which is designed to show employers your team work skills. In this, it is important to show that you can lead without being bossy, and that you can help progress a task without being controlling. Little things like asking somebody for their opinion or stating how much time you have left to complete the task works well.

Interviews:

  • It is important to actually answer the question and avoid waffling. Practice answering questions in the STAR format; describe the situation, what was the task, what action did you take and what was the result.
  • Always show your willingness to learn. If there are opportunities to adopt new skills or attend training sessions, state that you would utilise this to build on your personal growth.

Darcy, Final Year C+P Associate

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