What are assessors looking for?

Assessment Centres are a way for employers to look for candidates with several different skills and competencies. The job description is the best way to predict the types of skills they will be looking for. 

They are also looking for people who understand their business and who will fit into their culture. Unlike other selection methods, you are not necessarily in competition with the other candidates at your assessment centre. The organisation may hire all, some or none of the candidates.

The most common ones include:

Competency Usually Assessed through:
Group work Interview Written Exercise Role Play Case Study Psychometric Test Social
Team Working *      *      *
Leadership *      *      *
Communication  *  *    *  *    *
Interpersonal Skills  *  *    *  *    *
Organisation  *    *    *    
Creativity  *  *  *  *  *    
Problem Solving  *  *  *  *   *  *  
Decision Making  *  *  *  *  *  *  
Adaptability & Flexibility  *      *  *    *
Negotiation  *      *      *
Time Management  *  *  *  *  *  *  
Analytical skills  *  *  *  *  *  *  
Numeracy  *  *  *    *  *  
Literacy  *    *    *  *  
Technical Skills  *  *      *  *  

 

How do assessors choose between candidates?

It is important to remember that this will vary from company to company, but most companies will have an assessment criteria / score card where they give you marks for each task. Similar to how your academics mark your essays, they will be looking for you to show particular competencies in line with those on their job description.

At each stage of the process, they will give you a score for how you did in that particular section. 
What is good about this is that even if you don’t perform well in one task (eg "I think I messed up that written exercise!"), the scores will usually be averaged out from your other assessments.

They are looking for people who can perform well overall. Don't assume you have not got the job because of one mistake - remember that they are looking for your working style and personality as well.

 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:58