Dont think so, if you can apply then it hasnt passed! got an assessment centre coming up! read some very interesting advice from a forum! this is basically what the guy said:
I had one less than a year ago for finance position.
I was also supposed to have one in 2 weeks but i already found better work.
Anyhow…they brought in this psychologist [i kid you not] who gave us the HARDEST mathematics test i have EVER had…in fact i am convinced to not a single attendee passed the test…i will only reveal as much as this. it involved rate cards and a lot of puzzles.
We then had a one to one presentation, about 5 minutes then a group discussion exercise where we pretended to be openin a new station in central london for the olympics…we had to discuss the possible complaints from locals yet consider the polution levels etc and the budget…
Take my advice…you should be SELFISH…i and another person fell VICTIMS of the BIG-GOBS!
they dominated the discussion or should i say their LECTURE, and always “complimented then suggested” something after anyone said anything “thats a great idea mr X, however wouldnt it be better if…” and thats how they got to alienate the rest of us and get the job…there were also about 6 assessors and they sat in dfifferent areas of the room around us, each assessor had to concentrate on one candidate [i SWEAR this is TRUE] and that only added to the pressure, do you want advice?
Forge an alliance with a BIG-GOB as soon as you get there, that way if you end up in the same group, the two of you or your little crew can compliment each other and cut the rest of [not fair, but thats life]
Leave your sence of shame at home for the day, its about who can talk the most, crack the most jokes and shamlessly lick as many boots as possible, dont matter what you say, just as long as you KEEP SAYING IT.
Dont worry about being honest and fair, beleive me, the same people who are friendly to you at the start will turn against you if they see that your their ticket into the job…they see a shy person, it makes them look better if the two of them happen to be in the same group.
Finally, for about 5 hours of performance you can either end up with a grad job or unemployed, its your choice, but remember “ME,MYSELF and I”…
I didnt get the job because i didnt want to be FAKE or UNFAIR to the others, but when i came out of there, my whole game play changed…bigger fish will carry on feeding on the sardines, thats just the way it is…so on my next assessment day i implemented my plan and got the job 2 weeks later, better job, bigger pay and told TFL where to stick it [yes, i did apply again, got to the final stage again and told them i wasnt interested…“satisfaction guaranteed”]