Gina Caprio, WhiteHat’s Learner Engagement Consultant, shares her top tips on How to be Assessment Centre Ready!
If you have been invited to an assessment centre, chances are you’ll have a few questions about what it’s all about. In essence, an assessment centre is an extended interview — but it’s also an opportunity for you to learn all about apprenticeships.
It may sound overwhelming at first but being invited to an assessment centre means that you have already shown many of the qualities that employers are looking for. All assessment centres will be slightly different, but here are a few things that you can do to make sure you stand out on the day.
BEFORE THE DAY: PREPARE AND PLAN
Before the assessment day, there are a few things that you can prepare in advance that will showcase how capable you are from the start.
1. Find those important documents such as school certificates and your passport
Make sure that you bring in all requested documents. Showing up without these documents means you’re more likely to miss out on opportunities and won’t leave the best first impression. If you are unsure as to what to bring, just give us a call.
2. Brush up on your Maths and English
Often, assessment centres will include a Maths and English test. If it’s been a while since you took your last exams, it wouldn’t hurt to practice on a free online Maths & English test.
3. Identify 3 key skills you want to show off
Give some thought to what strengths and skills you already have and how they would be beneficial in an apprenticeship. For example, do you work well in a team? Do you enjoy problem solving? Are you very well organised? Write them down and be sure to share them on the day.
4. Don’t just be on time, be early!
Never be late! Plan your route so you can show up 10 minutes early. Showing up late is never a good start while showing up early is an easy way to show your commitment.
ON THE DAY: PARTICIPATE AND SHOW YOUR PERSONALITY
On the day, participation as the best apprenticeship positions are fiercely competitive — you want to make sure you make a lasting positive impression.
5. Dress to Impress
Never show up to an assessment centre in casual clothes. If you need guidance on what to wear, just give us a call.
6. Ask questions
If there is a presentation or guide to apprenticeships, use this time as an opportunity to ask questions. This will show how enthusiastic you are about the opportunity of securing an apprenticeship and also make sure you have all your questions answered before leaving.
7. Join in on group tasks
Group tasks give you the chance to showcase your skills, things like leadership, enthusiasm, or persuasiveness. So don’t sit quietly in the corner — however, always ensure you give everyone else the chance to speak too.
8. Most importantly be yourself!
Remember, it’s not always about your grades or past work experience that makes you a great candidate. Being able to display your excitement and dedication at building your future career will make you impressive and memorable. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through!