As part of our efforts to assist local universities in conducting workshops and talks for their graduating students, our team from Singapore conducted an Assessment Centre workshop last week at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
Our recruiters shared with the students on tips to stand out from their fellow competitors and shine through as the top candidate for hire. We also did role-plays to prepare them for an Assessment Centre. Below is part of what we've shared with the team. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch with us at [email protected].
Interview Cheat-sheet: All you need to know in 5 minutes
As technology evolves, so has the approach organisations are adopting in sourcing for the best hire. As more jobs in the market become increasingly difficult to fill given the niche and specialised skills required, a basic interview process no longer suffice. Instead, this led to the emergence of ‘Assessment Days’.
What is Assessment Day?
On this day, a group of applicants who have applied for a particular role are invited to an ‘Assessment Centre’. This is where a combination of selection techniques will be used by employers to measure and evaluate the suitability of an individual for the role.
These selection techniques usually include exercises such as presentations, group exercises, one to one interviews, role-plays and psychometric tests.
Are you ready for what’s to come?
More often than not, candidates who turn up for Assessment Days tend to come unprepared for the gruelling process which can comprise of interviews, tests and presentations. While most graduates today are aware of the basics when presenting themselves for an interview, many are unsure of what hiring managers actually look out for that impacts their ultimate hiring decision.
There are in fact, key areas to take note of that can help you as an interviewee. And this is regardless of whether you ultimately desire the role. After all, you don’t know who you might cross paths with later down the road.
1.Identify specific competencies for the position that you are applying for
During Assessment Days, organisations tend to conduct Multiple-Mini Interviews (MMI). To prepare for these interviews:
- Fully understand the job description: knowing the right qualifications to put forward and other information pertinent to the role that you applied for
- Revisit your CV to make sure it is concise and presentable
2.Be prepared for questions that will require detailed responses
Unlike a normal interview, Assessment Days tend to involve activities and group interviews that determine if a candidate possesses the desired competencies for the role. Be aware of assessors’ various “Questioning Style Types”:
- Behavioural Questioning
- Situational Questioning
S.T.A.R Method for Behavioural Interviewing: The S.T.A.R method is a structured behavioural-based interview questionnaire. Interviewees can organise their questions according to Situation, Task, Action and Results.
Prepare specific on-the-job examples of when you’ve demonstrated particular behaviours or skillsets mentioned on your CV. Finish listening to assessors’ questions – this is to ensure that your answer can be framed coherently without jumping into conclusions.
It’s not always easy, but try and be your best professional self in front of the senior management team. Try to get your personality across in a way that’s natural. Don’t force it, but when you have the opportunity to talk about yourself, do so and make that count.
Give them something to remember you by. For example, if you’ve recently returned from a backpacking trip to Cambodia, tell them. It helps cement you in their mind and gives colour to your personality and candidate profile.
Some candidates are so focused on the various challenges of the day that they forget that: Their behaviour is being assessed at all times
This is especially so during group activities as assessors evaluate how you interact with other candidates. It’s completely normal for assessors to favour those who leave a positive lasting impression.
On a similar note, ensure you chat with other candidates and assessors during breaks. The way you carry yourself in these interludes is important and helps the assessors build a strong impression on you.
By being engaged, it not only highlights our genuine interest, but most importantly, you will be remembered!