Careers Service

What is an assessment centre?

An assessment centre might last anything from half a day to two or more days, including an overnight stay. During this time you will typically be asked to take part in a number of different activities and tests designed to assess your skills and potential suitability for a role.

  • Assessment centres allow employers to see how you perform in a variety of tasks. Some are designed to mirror tasks you do in the job, so they are measuring you directly against the skills you need to do the job well. Others focus more on certain core competencies or behavioural characteristics that particular employer looks for.
  • These exercises also enable the assessors to see how you perform under pressure and how you work with other people.

How can I prepare?

Presentation skills

Case studies

Simulated activities

Assessment centre workshops

Attend a practical assessment centre workshop. Check for sessions on CareersLink