Alright, I think I can spare some minutes. Forum’s like this assisted me a great deal, so its only right I give back. Been seeing you guys chatting and felt the urge to tell you what you may be up with.
When you come into Amsterdam, you’ll be picked at the airport by an executive chauffeur, you and others as well. You’ll be driven straight to your hotel and later you’ll need to come down for a dinner with some HR staffs and some IGP’s of previous sets. I might even get to meet some of you! At the dinner, have it in mind that the assessment has begun (although you’ll be encouraged that it hasn’t started). Conduct yourself well, interact well with other candidates, IGP’s and staffs and enjoy the night. The IGP is a pool of international candidates so expect to see different nationalities.
Day 2. This is the huge day really. You’ll start off with a session with the HR+ other senior staffs which is like a 30 mins brief or so. Then you’ll be split into groups of 6 (based on last year’s experience) and your day would be as thus; group project, role play, project writing. And a question and answer session. Lunch in between. By the end of the day you will be knackered believe me. It will be intense, edgy, thinking out of the box through out. Ensure you follow the standard interview habits and above all be yourself. If you try faking yourself because you want to create an impression, it can’t last for the 3 days. The assessors are experienced and would see through that. Easily. Your day would end with a dinner at the Heineken Ice Cold bar with the assessors. Of course you are being assessed.
Day 3. A presentation in the morning with your individual groups. You’ll be given time for project closure and the presentation. Should be nice and easy. A final collective presentation and then lunch. With a visit to the famous heineken experience centre.
Short advise- Be yourself. Dont try to fake anything, as with all ‘fakes’, the fake you can not last. Like I mentioned assessors are quite experienced and would look out for the candidates that fit the needed competencies. Try as much as possible to be at easy and enjoy yourself! All the best!