10 Tips for Success at an Assessment Centre - dummies

By Nigel Povah, Lucy Povah

Part of Succeeding at Assessment Centres For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

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!