Presentation on theme: "Assessment Centres Career Development Centre University of Ulster"— Presentation transcript:
1 Assessment Centres Career Development Centre University of Ulster
2 Aim:To provide participants with an understanding of the different elements of assessment centres
3 Learning Outcomes:At the end of the session participants will be able to:Understand what is involved in the different exercises/testsDeliver a presentationParticipate effectively in a group discussion or business gameRecognise criteria employers use for selectionLocate good examples of exercises on various websitesReflect on the key qualities required to perform successfully at assessment centres
4 What is an Assessment Centre? Employers use assessment centres to select the best candidate for the job.Assessment centres usually include a combination of exercises and tasks that can measure candidates’ strengths and weaknesses in competencies relevant to the jobYou will be working in small groups of five or six, and will be assessed by a team of observersThey typically last from half a day to two days and will be highly structured and organisedAt the end, assessors consider each candidate’s individual performance throughout the assessment centre and select who is the most suitable
5 What competencies do employers look for? time managementpersonal organisationproblem solvingdecision makingpersonal drive and initiativecreativity and innovationleadershipinterpersonal and communication skillsadaptability or flexibilityteam workinginfluencing and persuasion
7 Group ExerciseBinge drinking is widespread among young people, causing violence on our streets and using valuable hospital resources. The government is considering changing the legal alcohol drinking age from eighteen to twenty oneTake five minutes to jot down a few pointsDiscuss in your group, come to a consensus and respond to the above by writing a short statement, less than 60 words.
8 What skills are being assessed Group exercises and/or discussionCan range from building a bridge from Lego to discussing a controversial topic, coming to a consensus and making recommendations within a specified timeYou will be assessed on your performance so make sure you understand the instructions and what you have to doLeadershipTeam workingCommunicationProblem solvingAnalysis and logical thinking
9 What skills are being assessed Written exercises/Case studyyou are given an outline of a real organisational situation and lots of facts and background information. You must read the information and make recommendations which you will discuss with your assessorCommercial awarenessCreating thinkingProblem solvingInfluencing skillsWritten communication
10 What skills are being assessed In-tray exercisesIn-tray and other exercises are designed to see how you manage complex informationYou may be asked to prioritise or make decisions based on the information givenPlanningOrganisationAnalysisProblem solvingPrioritisationAdaptability
11 What skills are being assessed PresentationsPrepare a presentation on a specified topic or one of your choice.Topic and/or material may be given aheadAudience will be assessors and may include other candidatesInfluencingPersuasionPlanningCommunication
12 What skills are being assessed Psychometric testsComputer or paper based, multiple choice and strictly timedBe sure you understand the instructions before you begin.Practice tests available in the CDC and on the PDSystem.LogicNumeracyLiteracyVerbal reasoningSpatial or diagrammatic reasoning
13 What skills are being assessed Panel InterviewTwo or more interviewers, probably senior members of staffTreat the same as normal interview but include eye contact with all the panelResearch the organisation wellBe aware of current issues of the sector as well as the organisation, anything relevant in the media recentlyBe prepared for questions on the technical aspects of the jobCompetencies that may not have been covered elsewhereYour knowledge of the organisation and interest in the jobInterviewers may refer to earlier exercises for further clarification
14 What skills are being assessed Social EventsThis could be lunch or dinner with other candidates, current trainees and senior staff from the recruiting organisationAlcohol may be freely available so be carefulHow you behave in a social situationYour ability to network and find out about the organisationWhether you will fit in
15 Presentation Prepare a short presentation on My Greatest Achievement Use flip chart paper and markersKey areas to focus on: structure, content and style
16 Presentation - Structure Beginning, introduction to what you are coveringMiddle, where you deliver the talkEnd, which summarises the main points
17 Content - Presentation Keep your visuals clear and simple.Use bullet points rather than large chunks of text.Design visuals to be consistent with what you are saying.Get someone to check your spelling. Errors will stand out.Practice using your visuals in advance to make sure you are comfortable with the technology
18 Presentation - StyleYou will be assessed on how you deliver your presentation and build a rapport with your audience. Think about your:Voice. Speak clearly and a little louder and slower than you would in normal conversation, making sure you vary your tone.Body language. Stand up straight, facing your audience. Don't fidget, cross your arms or put your hands in your pockets.Eye contact. Look at your audience and share your gaze around the room.Movement. Don't stand rooted to the spot, but move a little without pacing up and down.Gestures. Use your hands to stress what you are saying.Face. Smiling will help you look enthusiastic and confident. You will be assessed on how you deliver your presentation and build a rapport with your audience. Think about your:Face. Smiling will help you look enthusiastic and confident.
19 Preparing for Assessment Centres Do your research about the organisation and the jobIn the assessment process, your knowledge of the job and the organisation could be examined by three means:- in an interview- through work based simulation exercises- during social activitiesKnow the competencies requiredDo practice tests, case studies, and other exercises beforehand
20 Make the Most of your Assessment Centre Be well prepared. There is a lot of help availableListen carefully to instructions. Do not begin any exercise or test without being fully aware of what you are expected to doMake eye contact with those you are working with, presenting to, or being interviewed byBe polite and pleasant. Include everyone in discussions and listen to what they have to offerConsider your contribution. Quality is more important than quantity
21 End of Session Checklist Do you understand what is involved in the different exercises/tests?Can you deliver a presentation?Have you participated effectively in a group discussion?Can you recognise criteria employers use for selection?Can you locate good examples of exercises on various websites?Can you reflect on the key qualities required to perform successfully at assessment centres?