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    CAREER ADVICEWhat current trends are employers using in their job assessment centres

    Significant developments in technology, and the Internet in particular, have had a m ajor

    impact on the nature ofthe recruitment market and on selection processes, particularly for

    graduate schemes. Organisations receive more applications and speculative approaches,

    and they have become more efficient (or ruthless!) about how they assess them.

    Increased use of online and computerised tests

    Psychometric and, in particular, aptitude tests are now commonly administered online by

    graduate employers. These might be verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, logical or even

    personality tests. The employer invites you to sit them at the appropriate point in the

    recruitment process, often within a specific time frame. You will be issued with detailed

    instructions and any access codes that you need. You will usually sit the tests remotely,

    although you may find that you are asked to sit similar tests again as part of an assessment

    centre, so the employer can verify your performance. Some organisations may ask you to

    come to their premises to sit tests on a supervised basis.

    Using selection exercises as 'early hurdles'

    Many employers are now using selection exercises earlier in the recruitment process to

    identify candidates who meet certain minimum performance levels in areas vital to the job.

    Verbal and numerical reasoning tests are commonly used as an early hurdle. It is more

    efficient for the employer to focus their recruitment efforts on interviewing and assessing

    candidates who are most likely to be suitable for their roles. And you won't waste further time

    and energy pursuing a job that you are unlikely to be offered.

    Relating selection exercises to the job and the organisation

    Increasingly employers are seeking to make their assessment centres relevant to their

    organisation and the roles that they are recruiting for. Particularly in larger organisations,

    there is a trend towards using bespoke simulations that reflect actual work based scenarios,

    in place of generic exercises. These customised assessments al low them to see how you

    might actually perform at work. They also mean that new graduates will experience some

    realities of the job and therefore gain a better insight into the organisation's culture. Both

    you and the employer should be able to make more meaningful assessments of each other.

    Linking selection exercises

    You may find that several different selection techniques are used to test your skills with the

    same subject matter. For example, at an interview you might be asked to discuss your

    approach and the decisions you made in an earlier exercise. Or you might have formally to

    present your proposals from an earlier written exercise, or to discuss your findings in a

    business case study during a dedicated case interview. Employers are becoming more

    sophisticated in mixing the techniques they employ, particularly when using work based


    Not just larger recruiters

    Assessment centres have traditionally been widely used by larger organisations who recruit

    graduates in significant volume. While this continues to be the case for the more formal

    events over one or two days, some smaller businesses now use aspects of assessment and

    selection testing in addition to interview to assist in their recruitment decisions.

    Employers increasingly value the more objective nature of selection exercises, and the greater

    insight into candidates' actual skills that they can obtain by these methods. Wider availability

    of psychometric testing and the reduced cost ofadministering tests online have all contributed

    to the more widespread use of selection exercises. This is a trend that is set to continue, and

    it will be useful for graduates to practise some selection tests, as they are likely to be used

    whichever sector you might be interested in working in.

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