Before the assessment
You have received an invitation to attend an assessment day. Congratulations: in all likelihood you have passed a very tight selection process and are a strong candidate for the position of your choice. The purpose of the assessment is to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to succeed in the position you have applied for and to discuss your goals and typical ways of working with the consultant.
Before receiving the e-mailed invitation you will have discussed how the assessment day will proceed with the interviewing consultant or the assistant responsible for its organisation, discussed the content of the day and agreed on a suitable time. At the same time you will have asked about any issues that you are concerned about relating to the assessment. In case you have special needs relating to mobility, writing, reading or any other issue, please let us know about them at this stage. In this way we can take these into account in the day’s arrangements and ensure that the assessment is carried out fairly and is a good experience for all concerned.
How to prepare?
Small, routine matters are important in preparation. Double check the address and make sure you know the best way to travel and arrive on time. The invitation will include details on car parking at the location. Ensure that everything is in good order at work and at home so that you can focus fully on the tasks of the assessment day. In case your assessment process extends beyond lunch time, there will be several restaurants where you can lunch near our offices. We have sometimes been asked for a suitable dress code: our answer has been: come dressed as you normally would in an office environment.
As a rule, the verification of qualifications or work certificates is not part of the assessment day process; if you are required to provide certificates, this is specifically mentioned in the invitation. You will have filled in questionnaires before the assessment day. This allows us to organise your schedule flexibly. Complete the preliminary tasks well before the deadline; a last minute rush is seldom recommendable. You will also be doing some tests during the day. You will have the opportunity to complete sample tasks in all the tests; the intention is not to assess your familiarity with tests, so the sample tasks help to put all the applicants on a par in this respect.
Often the assessment day also includes simulation tasks, where you solve different problems individually or in a group. The purpose of the tasks is to provide an environment that is conducive to bringing out the best in you and showing your abilities.
You can prepare for the interview, too, by reviewing once more your expectations regarding the new position and how your competencies match them. The interviewing consultant is familiar with the job requirements; all he/she knows about you so far is what has been shown by the preliminary tasks. For the consultant the interview is the most important part of the assessment; all the other results become meaningful in the context as explained by you. The purpose of the consultant’s questions is to help you give as accurate and useful a picture as possible of your own abilities and development potential. At this stage you will examine both concrete events that have marked your career and your plans for the future. The interviewer will trust you as an expert on your own life and hopes that you will trust him/her as an expert on assessment. In that role he/she will weigh your competencies against the criteria required for succeeding in the job, the same criteria you considered when deciding to apply for the post. This is essentially the same process that you are going through in the application process.
After the assessment
The outcome of your cooperation will be an assessment of how likely you are to succeed in the job you have applied for. This assessment is reported to the recruiting senior employee. You will always have the opportunity to get feedback on your assessment. The results will be reported to you in the same format as the client that ordered the assessment. Reporting usually includes at least an oral and graphical summary of the results. Often, our clients order a written report from us, and naturally you will also receive it for yourself.
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