MACE graduate programme Sep 2020 start

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Hi everyone,

Recently had the assessment centre for a Project Management role.

There are three exercises in the day and this is what they are looking for in each:

Task 1 – Group exercise:

You will be asked to plan the best route for a gas / heating pipeline. The team has to find the best solutions given cost, time and relationship constraints.

Criteria / scored on:

  • Planning and Organisation – Take lead and tell everyone to structure the time and plan sufficient time for the presentation of the results.
  • Delivering the result – Yes there is an ideal solution.
  • Solving problems
  • Collaboration/Team work/Communication – be confident speaking to everyone, involve everyone in the discussion, show you can manage difficult characters (construction industry has big personalities).

Task 2 – Individual presentation

This task is really a selling/persuasion task. You will be given details of potential projects Mace can bid on. Your task is to pick the best one and sell it to the interviewer as best as you can.

Criteria / scored on:

  • Planning and Organisation
  • Delivering the result
  • Solving problems
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Adapting / Responding to change – at the end of the presentation they will throw curve ball questions – don’t be surprised, expect them. I was asked why I chose Mace and the construction industry out of the blue. Respond with confidence.

Task 3 – Group exercise

Group task to decide the best new location for Mace to expand their offices. The twist in this exercise is that everyone will receive some information that is the same but each individual will also be given information that is different as well. (They will on purpose NOT tell you this therefore be the smart one and get people to check and discuss – because every sheet contains critical information.)

Criteria / scored on:

  • Delivering the result
  • Solving problems
  • Collaboration/Team work/Communication
  • Personal effectiveness

Job Offer: Each criteria is marked out of 4. You need at least 39 points out of the possible 52 to be offered a place (75%).