The Future of Graduate Assessment Centres – Assessment by immersion?



EYRecently, I went to an event to hear about the latest thinking on assessment centres run by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR). Many blue chip employers were present. We heard how tired many companies are of hearing the same old answers to competency-based questions that are often trotted out by well prepped graduates. So – you can see why it’s in your interest to bring some variety to your replies! As well as this, we heard that although 70% of students attending assessment centres were positive about their experience, the remaining 30% – a large number- were left feeling negative about the company involved. So as employers don’t want bad press, employers are now trying to figure out ways they can improve on graduates’ experience at assessment centres.

A few years back, EY commissioned Capp (the leading strengths-based assessment, product and platform specialists) or more simply put- a leading firm of business psychologists-to redesign their recruitment system, in particular their interviews with graduates, to make them less predictable and more relevant. Since then, EY have operated a strengths-based interviewing approach which  has resulted in a better match of candidates who meet EY’s needs. Whilst I’m talking about strengths, it’s a good idea to take the Strengths Test on the EY Facebook page to get an instant print out of your strengths and skills.  https://www.facebook.com/EYUKcareers/app_219886381467405  Microsoft

Now Microsoft has employed CAPP to change their assessment centres to be much more engaging/immersive. Like EY, Microsoft felt that  candidates’ replies were highly rehearsed. They also felt that they were not getting what they wanted in terms of diversity. Microsoft wanted the selection process to be based on candidates’ potential rather than Continue Reading


Summer Sprint Development programme for women-now open!



Applications are now open for the Sprint programme, which is a personal development programme for women, which will be held over 5 days at City this summer. It is a great opportunity to build your confidence, which shouldn’t be missed. I have not met anyone who has said  anything other than it was a really positive experience for them. 97% of participants say that they would engage further with Sprint if there was opportunity to do so. But I’ll leave it to a recent participant to convince you…….

“I just wanted to give some feedback on the Sprint programme, I thought that it was a really well organised programme where I had the chance to meet and network with some great people. Although its for a few days, it was efficient in that I managed to take a lot away from it for my self development. It has also been reassuring to know that there are a lot of female undergraduates who share similar concerns, which Sprint aims to tackle. It’s been a big confidence booster and extremely helpful, thanks for the opportunity to be part of the Sprint programme” – Vazia Boota, City University Sprint Participant, (Sociology) Summer 2013

Both undergrads and postgrads can apply. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2015. To read more or apply go to http://www.city.ac.uk/careers/for-students-and-recent-graduates/sprint