Final year business and management students recently participated in a Mock Assessment Centre Activity event. The session was organised by the Business School, at the University of South Wales, for business students’ to gain experience of assessment centre activities.
The event run by Martyn Flynn, Talent Acquisition Manager for Enterprise Rent-a-car, was attended by over 30 students. Speaking about the session, Martyn Flynn said: "The session covered all aspects of what candidates could expect at an assessment and how best they can portray themselves to give every chance of being successful. We looked at preparation, communication, enthusiasm and attitude alongside covering the types of activities they could expect; Numerical and psychometric testing, Individual ‘in-tray’ exercises, role-plays, group activities, presentations and interviewing.
During the session I had the students’ practice interviewing and presenting a partner back to the class to get them thinking about communication, presentation skills and the importance of selling themselves and having an elevator pitch. They practiced timed numerical testing to give them a flavour of what these are like and to stress the importance of practicing these if they are used in the recruitment process of the types of roles they are applying for. Participants also then worked on a two groups exercise to experience something that is commonly used in assessment centers by most companies, allowing the development of communication, leadership, teamwork and negotiation skills.
It was highly
beneficial for the final year students to attend as 80% of companies that
recruit graduates use assessment centers in their recruitment process. To be
able to practice what these are like now in an informal setting can only help
them when it comes to the real thing. Whilst Graduate opportunities are
increasing, it is competitive so students that put the effort into developing
their skills can only be giving themselves a competitive edge."