Written on: 14/06/2011
I recently attended the assessment day at the head office in Wilmslow and was shocked at the amount of 'competition' I faced; over 60 candidates!!!
A neg of the day was quite a lot of waiting around ( but this can be expected due to the volume of people). Also some of the group exercises did seem a little pointless as the group sizes was too large for people to fully get their points across without raising their voice or trying to bustle their way into the front of the table.
I found that the initial introduction in the main room was useful as it really did sift out the less likely candidates. This intro also helped relax the room (although nerve-racking, it did break the ice and make the room laugh).
I thought the staff were excellent, really energetic, motivational and helpful.
I was one of the fortunate 13 (out of 61) who made it through on my day. The other candidates who made it were ones I had previously sort out and observed. We all seemed of a similar calibre; smart, funny, approachable and happy to stand out.
If I could offer advice to anyone who wished to attend one of these days- you really have to stand out, your personality really has to shine!!! If it means being the one that raises your hand to answer questions, or try to make a joke- DO IT! If they don't know your name by the end of the day.....well you have no chance!
Finally, I'll finish on what can be deemed a positive or a negative; the pace is fast. If you don't keep up you'll be left behind. I was contacted 2 hours after I made it through with an interview for the following day. I wanted this so I'm happy to go along with it. If you are a country bunkin and afraid of change..... Pick another career!!!
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