Recently I have had my assessment centre. So, no more burdens to speak out loud. Here I am posting this long essay for those who have assessment centre in the future or believe him/herself to be eligible for this job.
Trust me, you have very less possibility of success if you are not a Scottish decedent. This is just a personal statement, I can’t show you any statistics but I felt this is true. Being British will give you some competitive edge but being a foreigner will not be suitable here. So, don’t waste your time with extra hope of performing. (This is just a personal feeling. Might not be true at all.)
The telephone interview was easy. She/He will ask you straight forward questions about your reason of applying RBS and BSL. Then you have to speak about one of your passions or hobby. You will expect few more questions like why this is your passion and how will you make people aware on this issue.
I guess if you write the answer downs before the telephone interview, it will be easier. She/He will write down you answers precisely. So, do not hesitate to repeat your answers if you are required. The demand for BSL posts are not too high I guess, so, it won’t be hard to pass through this stage if you are sincere.
You will meet lots of Scottish people on the whole. I like their accent though. You will receive every details of the assessment centre via email. Please go through the catalogue book that they will provide you. On the day, there will be two persons who will brief you and say, they are not assessors but they just facilitators. Though I believe, they had some roles in the whole process too. There are three parts at the a/c. The group exercise at the beginning is crucial. All of you will be given some projects. Afterwards you will get 40 minutes to convince other assesses on the table and get your project supersede theirs. Their will be an allocated fund for your department, so, keep in mind, not everyone’s project will fit the fund. So, try pushing other people, especially those who are over smart.
Other two stages will be individually assessed. Don’t worry about them. Next one could be a role playing where a person called Sam will meet you personally. He/She is a demotivated employee. You will be given the scenario. You just have to motivate that person. Fairly easy. The third assessment could be, the one-to-one interview. It is something like a telephone interview. The extra thing here is a situational question (something like, two managers had conflicts, how would you resolve that) which is easy to figure out.
They have written on the guidelines something like, “if you cannot do well in the first part of the assessment, you will get chances to overcome in the next two tests” , which I believe is completely impossible. Also, they said they will take everyone if you meet the benchmark. I have a little doubt on this statement as well. It’s just a personal opinion. Business Services Leadership is comparatively easy than the other department but remember what I said in beginning of the second paragraph.
Try your best, give your best shot and supersede others. That’s the golden rule of winning.