The assessment day started with coffee and tea time where one of the Managers went through Fluor's history, work ethic and overall in regards to what the firm does.
This was followed with several group exercises. After we finished the group exercises we were allocated interview times with the HR department and the managers. My first interview was with one of the HR member of staff and it was more of a conversation rather than interview, which made me feel very relaxed. We went through my CV, where I was asked about my education and skills. She asked me why I thought this role was suited for me and why in general I had applied to Fluor.
The interview lasted for around 20 minutes and I feel that the HR manager made me feel very comfortable and answered my questions so thoroughly. She asked the usual competency based questions so for anyone who is going to have an assessment day at Fluor in the future, don???t be scared from the first interview it???s a relaxed conversation.
The second interview was with one of the senior managers, who I personally was very impressed with. She was intelligent and overall very experienced within the field so when I found out that I had my interview with her, I was looking forward to it. This interview was more professional and formal so I was a little nervous but I tried to not show it. I was firstly asked about my education and why I had studied my courses. This was followed up by why I applied for the course and what I could bring to the firm. She followed this up with scenario based questions, which were challenging but took away some of the nervousness. We then started talking about my project and what skills I was able to obtain from it. We finished the interview off with another scenario and then the manager asked where I saw myself in 5 years and what motivates me the most.
Overall the interviews were good and showed me more about the firm and their employees. All of the staff members showed how friendly the firm is and how you can work towards great future roles.
Most difficult question
The scenario based questions were difficult and challenging.
I think the most important thing would be to be confident and be a great team player. Both of the group exercises required excellent team working skills and time-management abilities.
Speaking up is another important asset. During the group exercises no one wanted to speak up and start the process so I took it upon myself to speak up and get ourselves organised. Later on during the interviews, I was told that this was something that made me stand out and I was recognised in both interviews by name rather than my CV.
Assessment days are there for you to make an impression and for you to get your skills and suitability to come across. I think there is no point in being shy and staying in the background. Be bold, confident, speak up, ask questions and overall get your ideas out during those group exercises. The group exercises were before the interviews for a reason, it was to give us a chance to stand out to get recognised. During the second exercise a manager was present to look over us, she was sitting in the background and taking notes throughout so I made sure that I got all my skills and idea out in the open rather than sit quietly behind.
My last suggestion would be, be yourself and don???t be shy. Interact with all the group members and don???t be intimidated.
Experiences at the assessment centre
In total we had two group exercises. We were split into two groups of six. For the first exercise we were given 30 minutes to prepare a presentation on a scenario, which were given. This is where team working and time-management skills became crucial. We were given several resources to prepare our presentation. We finished on time and successfully presented it in front of managers, HR member of staffs and the other group.
The second exercise was a building exercise. Both groups were given a piece of paper, which had a name of a building on it. We were then put into separate rooms where we had to build the buildings and let the other group guess it afterwards. My group was given a tower bridge. What we first did was split our group up into project manager, buyers, designers and builders, which took 5 minutes. After that we had 1 hour to prepare the building. The designing part of the exercise was the most challenging part, however we were able to successfully complete the building.
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