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Tips to Prepare For Your Next Assessment Center

When most people think of assessment centers, the first thing that comes to mind is the military. However, many businesses use assessment centers as a way to evaluate potential employees. In order to land the job you want, you may be required to take an assessment center. 

Are you gearing up for your next assessment center? Assessment centers can be daunting, but with a little preparation you can feel confident and ready. Learn about what an assessment center is and what can you expect from it. Here are some tips to help you prepare.

What is An Assessment Center?

An assessment center is a testing ground for employers. It is used to evaluate how well potential employees would do in a certain job. The assessment center will put you through a series of activities and tasks that are designed to test your skills and abilities. These activities can range from written tests to group exercises. Employers use assessment centers to get a better sense of who you are and how you would perform in the job.

What To Expect From An Assessment Center?

The assessment center usually lasts one day, but it can sometimes last two days. On the day of the assessment center, you will be given a schedule of the activities you will be participating in. Make sure you arrive on time and dressed appropriately. The assessment center activities are usually conducted in a formal setting.


candidates at assessment center


Type of Exercises in Assessment Centers

Following are some tasks that you may have to perform at assessment center.

Written Test

You will be given a written test on your knowledge of the job you are applying for. The test may be in the form of multiple-choice questions, essay questions, or both.


You may be asked to give an oral presentation on a topic related to the job you are applying for. The presentation may be in front of a panel of assessors or in front of the entire assessment center group.

In-Basket Exercise

In this exercise, you will be given a list of tasks that need to be completed within a certain time frame. This exercise is designed to test your ability to prioritize and manage your time.

Group Exercise

In this exercise, you will be placed in a group with other assessment center candidates and asked to complete a task or solve a problem as a team. This exercise is mainly designed to assess how you operate in a team context.


In this exercise, you will be given a scenario and asked to role-play the situation with another assessment center candidate. The idea is to see how you behave in communication with another person.


You will be interviewed by one or more assessment center staff members. This interview will be similar to a job interview, but may also include questions about your assessment center experience. 


candidate at interview


Tips To Prepare For Your Assessment Center

Following tips will help you prepare for your next assessment center.

Read The Instructions Carefully

When you are invited to an assessment center, make sure you read the instructions carefully. The assessment center staff will go over the schedule and expectations with you. They will also give you a list of materials you need to bring. Make sure you have everything ready before the assessment center day.

Research About The Firm And Job Role

The assessment center will give you a chance to demonstrate your knowledge about the company and job role. Before the assessment center, make sure you research about the firm thoroughly. Read their website, annual report, and anything else you can find. This will help you during the assessment center when you are asked questions about the company.

Prepare For Group Exercise

One of the assessment center tasks is usually a group exercise. In this exercise, you will be working with other candidates to solve a problem or complete a task. To prepare for this exercise, practice working on projects with other people. This will help you learn how to communicate and collaborate effectively with others.

Sharpen Your Presentation Skills

Some assessment centers will require you to give a presentation. If this is the case, you will need to practice your presentation skills. Make sure you can speak confidently and clearly. You should also practice using visual aids such as PowerPoint slides.




Practice, Practice, Practice

One of the best ways to prepare for assessment center is to practice. By doing some practice tasks, you will become more familiar with the assessment center format and what is expected of you. This could involve practicing with friends, family members or with a professional career coach. If you’re looking for professional coaching, don’t hesistate to contact us.

Be Confident 

It is important to be confident on the day of assessment center. Keep in mind that you were invited for a reason – because the company obviously believes that you have great potential!

Get Plenty of Sleep

On the day of the assessment center, make sure you get plenty of sleep. This will help you to be alert and focused during the assessment tasks. It is also important to eat a healthy breakfast on the day of the assessment center. This will give you the energy you need to perform at your best!

Summary: Tips for Your Next Assessment Center

Assessments can be daunting, but if you arrive prepared and ready to focus on the tasks at hand, you will definitely make a good impression. Remember to get a good night’s sleep before and that you were invited for a reason to be confident.

Following these tips will help you succeed in the assessment center and move one step closer to your dream job.

Good luck!


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Luca Planert

Recruiting Lead DACH

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