I understand that the role was for a Software Testing role, and we were given a test on programming languages, such as C#, Java, Visual Basic, Pearl etc, to prove what we knew. I had no experience with software development as my expertise was in Web Development, but I would say it was quite easy for those that know have done a Software Engineering or Computer Science course.
Next on the agenda was having to perform team work exercise. This involved 4 people to a team. We were divided up into 3 work types, 1 Architect, 1 Manager and 2 Workers. I had received the worker role. We were placed in 2 different rooms where the architect was in one the workers were in another and the manager was to go from one room to the next. The architect would describe to the manager was a figure looked like to the manager and the manager would then communicate to us what it looked like and we would then try to recreate it out of Haribo sweets. It was a communication exercise, wasn't too difficult and was quite fun.
Next was a role playing exercise where we would have to act out a certain situation. I and two others were given a scenario where a client needed a bit of work finished by the end of the weekend, but the 2 people who had been assigned to this project were quite busy, 1 going to a rugby match, and the other had to go to their sister's wedding. The 2 had to sort with themselves what they needed to do to make sure that all parties were happy.
After this was just a short 10-15 minute interview with quite easy questions.
I was not sure about this job before I went, but after I really wanted it! I didn't get the job in the end because of my lack of technical knowledge, but the interviewers were very kind to ring up when you didn't get the job and provided answers as to what they thought of you during each section and how you could improve in the future interviews. I found this part extremely helpful and really glad I had attended this assessment day, even though I was not successful.
Most difficult question
Make sure you come in confident, don't be quiet at the start and just get talking to people and forming a good team spirit.
Experiences at the assessment centre
- Group / Panel
- Senior Management
- Verbal reasoning
- Assessment centre
- Group exercise
- Background check
- Competency based questions