Graduate assessment days and interviews at Lloyds UK.
Assessment centres and assessment days are one of graduate job seeker’s greatest fears and it’s not surprising! Sitting in a room with ten to twenty other people and actively competing for a job is a harsh cut throat process! Furthermore, some assessment days can be plain odd.
Lloyds for example, offer one of the more bizarre assessment centre rituals at their assessment centre based in Telford. Once you arrive you will be put in a room with up to ten other people and given a fat load of computer print outs.
You will then be told to imagine you are working for a department store, and you have been on holiday for two weeks, and that these printouts are the emails that you find in your inbox upon your return.
You will then be told to construct your day around fulfilling certain tasks (such as meetings, presentations, group exercises and a one-to-one interview) all based around the department store role play.
Reports suggest that it is very easy to get carried away with the intricacy of this test scenario. Apparently Lloyds staff even play along, and you might find yourself preparing to meet the manager of the lingerie section of a Paris clothes store and actually meet a boring old bank manager instead, intent on pretending that he really is a French fashionista!!