Have just done my final assessment day for TW and I didn’t find there was much to help me prepare online so hopefully this will help someone out.
This is the email I got inviting me to the AC: “The assessment centre is a great opportunity to meet us and our managers and for you to display your skills and experience face-to-face. The assessment centre lasts for a full day and will include an interview, written exercise, numerical verification exercise and group discussion. Please ensure that you bring a watch as you will need to manage your own time during the exercises.”
Basically if you got this email then this is roughly what you can expect I guess:
There were 6 of us, 5 applying for Exec. Compensation and 1 for RTC. Day started at 8 30 with a presentation by two members of staff, one from Executive Compensation and one from Rewards, Talent & Communication. This was really chilled out and you could ask questions at any point. They basically told us what each of these departments did and what their roles were so don’t do what I did and waste time spending hours researching these service lines! This bit lasted probably about an hour.
Next we each had our interviews. I had two people interviewing me together, both quite young and really friendly. They asked me some pretty standard competency questions and some not-so-standard ones (when was the last time you missed a deadline and why, what’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made?). Also got asked two weird problem solving questions - how many bricks does it take to build a house, and if burger king were to change their name how would they go about finding the best choice? This was a relaxed interview and I think all 6 of us found this part not too bad.
Next we had the numerical test, probably a bit easier than the SHL one but more time pressured, I think all of us found ourselves just guessing the last 2 or 3 questions because we ran out of time.
After this was something we weren’t expecting. We were given facts and figures about a company and told to prepare for a role play for 20 mins. This role play involved meeting the boss of a one of TW’s clients who wasnt happy with the service provided by the previous TW employee (before you). Then we had lunch which was just sandwiches and a chit chat with some junior TW consultants.
After lunch we had the roleplay which was 15 mins one-on-one with this “client” where you basically have to extract info out of him to help you write up a 30 min report straight after. I totally screwed my report up and if I don’t get the job I know it will have been because of that! However, the other 5 interviewees said they didnt do too well either on that part.
After that was the written exercise where you have to advise a client on which asset management firm they should employ the services of. This is a standard exercise where you have info about the companies (4 in this case) and you essentially need to write a report which documents pros and cons of each and then a conclusion which makes a recommended choice. This lasts an hour.
Finally was the group exercise. All of us given the same info about a TV station who’s viewing figures have fallen following changes made to their listings and staff. The group of you have 30 mins to come up with 3 recommendations as to how they can turn their fortunes around. This went well for us but it was quite intimidating at first because we were in a small room with 5 assessors watching us. Don’t worry though, you very quickly forget they’re there.
Then we had a chance to ask questions before being sent on our way. Oh, except this was the best bit. They asked if, having found out more about the company we wanted to change our job preference, which most people did from Exec Comp to RTC (or no preference). They also ask when you would want to start, I said September as I fancy some time off before then…
It is a long assessment day with a lot of stuff to do but it’s less stressful than say the Big 4’s assessment days. I got the impression that everyone at TW is really friendly and approachable and will definitely consider a job if they offer me one. So yeah, hope this helps. Good luck everyone