There were three tasks on the day, after meeting and mingling with other candidates we were split up. We then completed a role play scenario presentation, an interview with a senior member of the company and a critical reasoning exam paper. All the activities were overseen by senior management of the firm.
The critical reasoning paper seemed a bit formal and wasn't the most engaging of tasks, a calculator was allowed and two 20 minute papers had to be completed, as soon as it was completed there was very little niceties and we were shown the door.
Most difficult question
The question the assessors were looking for most research on was 'big picture focus'. How I saw myself within the company in the years to come, Barratt are looking for long time career applicants. Every question was looking for an answer about what I have done rather than what I would do, so preparation of past experiences and the benefits they've offered was key.
Research beyond the 'about us' section on the website is important, look at press releases, local community pages, share price. Try and understand all the outside factors affecting a development and demonstrate that in the interview.
Experiences at the assessment centre
The scenario gave us 45 minutes to prepare a flipchart presentation on a case study provided. The problems were to do with a development site and involved the layout of the site, the local residents and specification.
The interview covered past experiences where;
-I managed other people
-I responded to a problem
-I reported back to a manager to improve a service/function
-I improved customer service for a client/customer
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