RBS called me two weeks after the telephone interview to book the assessment center, which was two weeks after that. So, it took a month from telephone interview to doing the assessment center.
The assessment center is exactly as they describe in the guide that they send you. There are five tasks. In my case (the order varies) we started with the group activity, where we were given a scenario to present and then had to discuss it.
This activity actually was a disaster for our group. We did not complete the tasks in order and the timekeeper did not time correctly. However, since I got through despite the fact my group was terrible means that they probably don’t really care what you do in the group activity as long as you interact well with others.
We then had a written exercise which was just to complete a report based on one of the scenarios of the group activity. Then we had a role-play with an RBS employee where we had to convince them of our recommendations.
After this we had lunch, then a standard competency interview (which was very relaxed!), and then the ABLE test. If you want to know what the able test is, it is made by a company called OPP. However, I would imagine that it would be difficult to practice for. I didn’t finish it.
I got a call back the next day saying I had been successful.