Assessment centres are considered by many to be the fairest and most thorough method of selecting staff, as selectors meet applicants over an extended period, and candidates are tested on a wide range of skills such as presentation-giving, panel interviews, group work, psychometric tests, negotiation and role-play. Here are top tips for maximising your chances of success:

  • Arrive in good time, ready for action.

  • Be positive – expect to succeed and you probably will.

  • Pay close attention to all instructions.

  • Focus on the objectives of each activity.

  • Take a moment to think before you act.

  • Make a positive impact – stand out from the crowd.

  • Monitor and manage your time (make sure you wear a watch!).

  • Don’t dwell on any disappointments; stay calm.

  • Be yourself and don’t act out of character.

  • Enjoy the experience – it’s fun and you can learn a lot!