Assessment Days: 6 ways to flunk your assessment day


Assessment days are here to stay. Companies love them because they are both cost effective and far more reliable indicators of whether a candidate is ready for their company rather than the traditional interview process. Despite this, they are no where near as popular with graduates.

So, we are here to help. At QA Consulting we try to make our assessment days as least stressful as possible. Why not take a look at our top six things not to do at an assessment day.

1. Not trusting your competitors

Nearly all employers want to hire people who get on with others. When walking into an assessment centre get talking to people, ask questions and ‘make friends’, the likelihood is they are just as nervous about you. Assessors will clock this, and if you view applicants as enemies you’re certainly not going to make the right impression!

2. Take a break

Assessors are always watching! It’s very usual that the employee will ask candidates to give a presentation, but really they are watching the non-presenters to see how the act and whether they listen. That sneaky look of the phone might just cost you a job!

3. Look at me everybody!

A pet hate for most employees is when candidates dominate all exercises throughout the assessment day. Be yourself and don’t try too hard to get noticed. If you’re good at what you do the assessor will notice you.

4. Don’t hide!

So, let’s look back to the last point. Assessors also don’t want you to hide in the corner. The term ‘it’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt’ is not applicable in assessment centres. You must try and contribute to discussions during the exercises.

5. Oops, I didn’t listen

Many instructions will be given verbally. It’s crucial you take notes and ask any questions if you think you don’t understand. Asking questions will not lower your chances of getting that job. It shows that you have attention to detail and the self confidence to clarify instructions.

6. The dreaded presentation

Listen carefully to how long the presentation needs to be. If you are given 15 minutes, stick to 15 minutes. You might think turning up with a ten page powerpoint that takes 25 minutes is going to look good but remember, they give you the time limit for a reason.

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