Extended selection procedures, called assessment centres, can last one or two days or sometimes longer. The resources below will help you prepare for assessment centres, know what to expect and what employers are looking for.
About assessment centres
Assessment centres vary in structure from employer to employer. Their purpose is to create an environment where you and other applicants can demonstrate key skills required in the workplace. Rather than competing against other candidates, you are assessed against a set of competencies and will need to meet a minimum standard to progress to the next stage.
Assessment centre activities include group work exercises, presentations, case studies and assessment tests.
Resources and advice on assessment centres
Assessment centre resource sheet
Our Assessment centre resource sheet (InfoHub login required) contains all the information you need to help prepare you for the assessment centre including:
- making an impression
- presentation advice
- practice in-tray exercises
- case studies
- what to expect from group exercises.
- The Assessment Centre video series (only accessible within the UWE Bristol network) shows what happens at a typical assessment centre when a major employer selects graduates with degrees in any discipline. In fly-on-the-wall documentary style, we see actual candidates taking part in a genuine selection day. Eight of them are assessed by four real selectors in four different situations: a group exercise, giving a presentation, being cross-examined on their presentation and during an in-depth interview.