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<ul><li><p>8/6/2019 Current Trends in Job Asses..</p><p> 1/2</p><p>to</p><p>CAREER ADVICEWhat current trends are employers using in their job assessment centres</p><p>Significant developments in technology, and the Internet in particular, have had a m ajor</p><p>impact on the nature ofthe recruitment market and on selection processes, particularly for</p><p>graduate schemes. Organisations receive more applications and speculative approaches,</p><p>and they have become more efficient (or ruthless!) about how they assess them.</p><p>Increased use of online and computerised tests</p><p>Psychometric and, in particular, aptitude tests are now commonly administered online by</p><p>graduate employers. These might be verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, logical or even</p><p>personality tests. The employer invites you to sit them at the appropriate point in the</p><p>recruitment process, often within a specific time frame. You will be issued with detailed</p><p>instructions and any access codes that you need. You will usually sit the tests remotely,</p><p>although you may find that you are asked to sit similar tests again as part of an assessment</p><p>centre, so the employer can verify your performance. Some organisations may ask you to</p><p>come to their premises to sit tests on a supervised basis.</p><p>Using selection exercises as 'early hurdles'</p><p>Many employers are now using selection exercises earlier in the recruitment process to</p><p>identify candidates who meet certain minimum performance levels in areas vital to the job.</p><p>Verbal and numerical reasoning tests are commonly used as an early hurdle. It is more</p><p>efficient for the employer to focus their recruitment efforts on interviewing and assessing</p><p>candidates who are most likely to be suitable for their roles. And you won't waste further time</p><p>and energy pursuing a job that you are unlikely to be offered.</p><p>Relating selection exercises to the job and the organisation</p><p>Increasingly employers are seeking to make their assessment centres relevant to their</p><p>organisation and the roles that they are recruiting for. Particularly in larger organisations,</p><p>there is a trend towards using bespoke simulations that reflect actual work based scenarios,</p><p>in place of generic exercises. These customised assessments al low them to see how you</p><p>might actually perform at work. They also mean that new graduates will experience some</p><p>realities of the job and therefore gain a better insight into the organisation's culture. Both</p><p>you and the employer should be able to make more meaningful assessments of each other.</p><p>Linking selection exercises</p><p>You may find that several different selection techniques are used to test your skills with the</p><p>same subject matter. For example, at an interview you might be asked to discuss your</p><p>approach and the decisions you made in an earlier exercise. Or you might have formally to</p><p>present your proposals from an earlier written exercise, or to discuss your findings in a</p><p>business case study during a dedicated case interview. Employers are becoming more</p><p>sophisticated in mixing the techniques they employ, particularly when using work based</p><p>simulations.</p><p>Not just larger recruiters</p><p>Assessment centres have traditionally been widely used by larger organisations who recruit</p><p>graduates in significant volume. While this continues to be the case for the more formal</p><p>events over one or two days, some smaller businesses now use aspects of assessment and</p><p>selection testing in addition to interview to assist in their recruitment decisions.</p><p>Employers increasingly value the more objective nature of selection exercises, and the greater</p><p>insight into candidates' actual skills that they can obtain by these methods. Wider availability</p><p>of psychometric testing and the reduced cost ofadministering tests online have all contributed</p><p>to the more widespread use of selection exercises. This is a trend that is set to continue, and</p><p>it will be useful for graduates to practise some selection tests, as they are likely to be used</p><p>whichever sector you might be interested in working in.</p></li><li><p>8/6/2019 Current Trends in Job Asses..</p><p> 2/2</p></li></ul>