Assessment Centre Success

May 08, 2013  |   Career Coaching Blog   |     |   0 Comment

Here we give you some of the important but perhaps less obvious tips on how to be successful at an assessment centre.


Most of the tips here relate to how you behave outside the main assessment process. This is something candidates often do not consider. If you want to know more about how to succeed at assessment centre group exercises, presentations and interview click this link.


The key thing to remember about any assessment centre is that it is only as good as the assessors running it and at the end of the day they are only human like the rest of us. So it pays to ensure you maintain a good relationship with both the assessors and other candidates and company staff. The guidance given here could easily tip the scales in your favour on an assessment day.


  • Arrive early 1: get there 15 minutes before the start time. This gives you time to mentally prepare, get to know your surroundings and perhaps more importantly look the part. Make sure you have the time to go to the toilets and check out your appearance and relieve yourself if you need to. This is far better than arriving late with egg on your tie and traffic grime on your face from the traffic – plus needing to go to the toilet badly!


  • Arrive early 2: if you arrive early you will get the chance to get to know some of the other candidates and build a bit of a relationship with them. This will help your nerves and could help you in any group exercises. An early arrival can also mean you get taken to the room where the assessment centre will take place that often enables you to meet the assessors and reduce your nerves a bit more.


  • You are Always on Show: Although you may not be rated on how you behave outside the formal assessment exercises it may well influence the assessors’ views of you. So during breaks make sure you are around to chat. Don’t spend the whole time making calls and sending texts. Be careful what you say during breaks. Keep to safe subject areas i.e. not religion or politics! Finally be polite to everyone you meet. From the moment you arrive you are on stage and reception staff and others may well mention a candidate’s good or bad behaviour to assessors on an assessment centre.


These assessment centre tips have been written based on many years experience of designing and running assessment centres. They are more unofficial than official rules, but they can have a huge impact on the outcome of the assessment centre for you.

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