20-30 candidates for a range of internships, were brought in for 1.5 days of assessment and group exercises with a recruitment agency (The Spring Project), mostly to do with personal development. At the end of the last day we prepared presentation in a group and presented in front of the other candidates and a panel of line managers. I was not awarded an internship at the end of this process, however I was contacted by the recruitment company and asked to do a phone interview for a different internship within the company. I interviewed with the line manager and was offered the job that afternoon.
Most difficult question
We were asked to rate our suitability to the positions compared to other candidates.
Be yourself and be honest about your abilities. They didn't want people who knew everything, rather they wanted people who showed that they were willing to listen and learn. I would also say don't be too disappointed if you don't get offered an internship during this process, as it is very competitive, and if you may a good impression they may contact you again for a slightly different role.
Experiences at the assessment centre
We were asked to prepare group presentations very quickly (less than 15mins) a number of times, about different subjects (Such as what makes a good intern). We also had to prepare a longer presentation about a specific attribute (My group was given Responsibility).
- Group / Panel
- Senior Management
- Verbal reasoning
- Assessment centre
- Group exercise
- Background check
- Competency based questions