Assessment centres are an opportunity for candidates to show an employer how they work and interact with others. We speak to Accenture recruiter Nicole Lange about what the employer is looking for on the day and how to stand out from the crowd.
In a nutshell: What is an Assessment Centre?
An Assessment day is a series of challenges, designed to test for traits and skills employers are looking for in graduates. It’s a chance for employers to see how candidates perform under pressure, collaborate, respond to situations and how they can think on their feet.
We provide lots of networking opportunities throughout the day, so students can learn more about Accenture from our experts. Our assessments range from case studies and hackathons to game-based team building exercises.
At what stage of the interview process are they used?
Our assessment days are the final stage of the recruitment process.
What are employers looking for?
We look for a diverse range of skill sets and traits. We always have experienced Accenture mentors working alongside our candidates to understand their strengths and get to know them as an individual. Some of the general traits we look for include; Team work, problem solving, motivation, communication, delegation, influencing and resilience.
Anything I can do to prepare beforehand?
It’s important to know it’s often not the finished product we’re looking for in assessment day activities it’s the journey to get there. How you interacted with your team and mentor and even if you don’t ‘win’ a challenge it’s that you tried your best. I recommend researching the organisation as much as possible, this will help to get across your enthusiasm for the role.
With the group exercise – can you give me an example of how I can show I’m a team player?
A team player is someone who listens to their team and works with them rather than dictating them. Try utilising everyone’s strengths and work to them. Some people are naturally quieter, which is fine. Help bring them into the conversation too.
Tell me the general steps to approaching a case study?
Take the time at the start to absorb the case. Understand what the question is, what materials you have available and what structure you will follow for your solution. From there you can dissect and set tasks.
What are 3 overall tips to stand out in an assessment centre?
Research: Understand and be able to articulate why you want to join the company and why you’re the best person for the job. You can share examples of projects that have sparked your interest and how you align why the company’s core values.
Enthusiasm: We’re looking for students that will tackle the challenges head on, are happy to be there and genuinely passionate about kicking starting their careers.
Network: Use the breaks to talk to the company’s representatives. After all you need to make sure the company is the right fit for you as well.