Pablo Costa is a Careers Adviser here at the University of Leeds. Prior to working in HE he was a graduate recruiter running assessment centres- giving him an insider view of what it takes to succeed. Around 89% of major graduate employers use assessment centres to evaluate graduate candidates (Institute of Student Employers, 2018), so, it is crucial to understand the variety of activities you may face in an assessment centre.
One common example is presenting yourself to a panel of recruiters. Here are Pablo’s tips on how to approach this exercise.
Assessment Centre: Presenting Yourself
It’s the day of your assessment centre and they have asked you to talk about yourself for 5 minutes in front of a panel of assessors.
If you’re like most people, talking about yourself in front of an audience isn’t the easiest thing to do. But, maybe you like it. If so, that’s great. If you don’t, then we need to look at ways to make this a more comfortable experience.
Why have they asked me to do this?
Well, it’s to see how well you tailor communication and engage with an audience (if they hire you for the role).
OK, what do you mean by tailoring communication?
This would mean understanding what your future colleagues and/or clients want to hear when you are delivering information to them. In other words, communicating what they want to hear and not rambling, waffling or going off-subject.