I had my final assessment day at Deloitte this week and I passed!
I’m so happy!
In a karma perspective, I’d like to pay back the suggestions I received from the website by offering some to new people.
For my final assessment day, the only thing that really worried me was the etray exercise. If you have tried this
you will find it very similar. In general the difficult thing is to remember as much information as you can and to be able to find QUICKLY anything that you are not sure about.
Unluckily, all the info is spread over e-mail (with attachments) divided into 3 folders of your e-mail system, therefore a lot of time will be wasted just accessing folders and so on.
My geekish and practical advice on how to handle this best is to do the following
1 - Before you start the exercise, move the Windows Task Bar from the bottom side of the screen to to the left hand side of the screen and make it a bit larger (try now on your PC, if you are using Windows)
2 - As usual when you use Windows, any open document/application will appear in the task bar
3 - As you start the exercise, open the first information e-mail of the first folder (not the inbox) and read it summarily. On a piece of paper, make a note of the content of the e-mail itself as the subject is not always intuitive
4 - Continue with the second e-mail of the first folder
Basically, the idea is to open all the relevant documents IN ORDER and never close them. They will appear on your task bar all the time in the same order you will have them written down on the piece of paper. Note that some information e-mails have basically no content because they have attachments, in that case you should keep the attachment open and close the e-mail.
I know this might sound silly, but in general I think it is very helpful to be in the condition of
1 - receiving an e-mail in the inbox
2 - reading it and understanding what is asked of you
3 - understand what kind of information you need to know in order to answer (about your fictional company, about your fictional client, deadlines rather than budgets etc)
4 - look it up in your piece of paper (which will have clearly written down stuff like “Project deadlines” or “client’s organisation” rather than some deliberately unclear e-mail subject)
5 - click on your task bar to maximise the relevant document rather than leaving the inboix, opening one of the information folders, opening the right info e-mail, opening the attachment
I did think of this too late but it would have helped me a lot if I had thought of it beforehand.
The e-tray exercise is NOT difficult,m but you have some time constraints. Especially, if it is difficult to judge how much time you should spend on each e-mail and it is important to understand that there are two types of them:
1 - e-mails that do need a right answer (usually involving calculations)
2 - e-mails that just ask you to make a choice (to be kept in mind to show consistency throughout your answers and decisions)
I hope my suggestion helps.
Anyone with Wiki skills might want to put it in the Wiki, it could be a good idea.