Yes been to the assessment centre. It wasnt anything like what i expected it to be from reading these pages but i think thats because it asnt for an accounting firm and rather a public sector role.
In this excercise you were in groups of five. Each person was from a different government department and the government was giving a £70m grant to one of the department for a project on to deal with a specific problem caused by gloabal warming. You had to argue a case for your department and then decide between the group which department should get the grant based on certain criterias. ie economic benefits, social benefits.
This seemed very easy at first but was very challenging. Two local jobcentres needed to be relocated as there wasnt enough space in either of them so they were about to fail some health and safety assessment. You had three option:
- Close both down and open a big one.
- Open a third.
- Expand both existing ones.
The problem was that there were 11 pages full of information and you had to pick out the advantage and disadvantages from them. This included figures aswell sosome calculation were necessary and you only had 30 minutes to do so.
Then you had to present your findings to two assessors and recommend one option. I spent all 30 minutes analysing the info and didnt do much ork on constructing my presentation so although i got the info out i felt that the presentation wasnt constructed too well. I also kept forgetting names of people and places in the scenario.
This is probably the easiest interview you could have for a graduate training scheme. No commercial awareness question. No need for much info abouth organisation. All i was asked was questions on 3 competencies; Teamork, planning&organising and drive. Then i was asked why i want to work in public sector and thats it.
Now this was by far the toughest task. You had 16 pages of info about 2 companies who have been bought out by a third and the company was looking to introduce a new training software to train its staff on the services they provided. Four companies were tendering to provide the company with the training software. You had to analyse the four tenders and make recommendationon which is best option based on certain criterias.You only had 1hr 30mins to read and write the report.
I think i messed up badly on this task. There was just too much information to take in and not enough time.