What is an
An Assessment Centre is a multi-faceted recruitment methodology designed to assess a group of candidates across a range of competencies.
Put simply, an Assessment Centre is a recruitment process that combines a range of activities to compare a group of people. An employer generally utilises an Assessment Centre as part of a broader bulk recruitment process because provides an opportunity to assess a candidate across a range of activities while comparing with other candidates.
It is commonly used in Graduate, Vacation and Internship Program Recruitment processes because, by nature, it provides an employer with an opportunity to compare a potential graduate against a range of similar level candidates in a group setting AND across a range of competencies.Why do many employers use an Assessment Centre for Graduate Recruitment?
Employers use an Assessment Centre in graduate recruitment for a range of reasons. The main benefits being:
- It is highly valid (when used appropriately)
- It enables an employer to compare a group of candidates with each other
- It can be mapped across multiple competencies
- The multiple activities provide an opportunity to see a candidate in a range of situations
- Provides the employer and candidate a good opportunity to communicate via a two-way process
Assessment Centre traininginvolve?
A graduate assessment centre usually involves one or more of the following elements:
- Pairs Activity
- Group Activity
- Individual Activity (or case study)
- Employer information session / presentation
- Social function / activity
- Can include behavioural and / or technical interviews
The concept of the group, pairs or individual activities is to simulate a real work environment and in some cases can be made to be industry (or discipline) specific. This gives employers the best opportunity to see you in a real, work-related situation.
It can last anywhere from a couple of hours to several days depending on the format and employer.
According to the AAGE (Australian Association of Graduate Employers), 48% of employers in 2012 used ‘Group Exercises or Interviews’* as part of their graduate recruitment process. That means that for every 2 recruitment processes you are invited to attend, you will be asked to attend some form of Assessment Centre preparation.
(*courtesy of AAGE Employer Survey 2012, Chart 5.19)Are you ready for
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