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Assessment centres

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.

Additional resources

  • 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.

Further support on preparing for assessment centres

View our drop-ins and appointments services for face-to-face feedback, or request individual feedback online via the MyQuestions function on InfoHub.

Get in touch with our Careers services

UWE Bristol Careers is here to assist you with your career goals. Contact us if you need help or advice.

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