How to stand out at group assessments

What’s the most effective way of selecting the right employee to join your team when you’ve been inundated with great applications? If this is a question you’ve ever asked yourself, chances are you’ve mulled over the merits of the group assessment day. And, if you’re seeking employment, chances are you’ll be facing a group interview sometime soon.

Group assessment days are becoming a popular alternative for employers who need to interview multiple candidates and want to make the most of the hours available to dedicate to recruitment. They allow the assessor to focus on group interaction, the individuals’ ability to lead and show initiative, and how they would practically fit into the workplace.

Whilst there might be a temptation to treat such days as an informal assessment, it is worth noting that it is just as important to impress at these events as it is in a one-on-one interview, and all the more important to stand out. So, what can you do to ensure you make the right impression?

1 Relax and be yourself

When you’re being observed it’s natural to feel a little uneasy, but try your best to be yourself. Letting your personality shine through is an important aspect of any assessment. Don’t do yourself an injustice by appearing rigid and unapproachable through nerves.

2 Be positive

A positive and proactive approach is non-negotiable. You’re likely to be thrown into an unusual group exercise and it’s important you get involved. It’s a given but being negative about the task and not contributing are always viewed rather dimly.

1 Know the assessment criteria

Wherever your assessment takes place there will always be a set criteria which you are being marked against. If you don’t know what the criteria is make sure you ask. It’s best to do your research in advance rather than falling short on the day.

2 Time keeping

It is likely any set task you do will be under timed conditions. Be sure to read and understand the instructions fully before starting and then manage your time, working out how long you anticipate you’ll need to complete each section. Common failings in assessments are usually down to the candidate running out of time on the set exercises.

3 Network

Talk to the other candidates and think of them as your team mates for the day. You’ll probably be working together at some point during the assessment and even beyond the assessment day itself the other candidates can be a source of useful information and provide a great support network.

4 Be Professional

Treat the assessment event in much the same way as your would approach an interview, consider what you are going to wear on the day and how you will present yourself.

5 Focus on the task in hand

Don’t become preoccupied if you haven’t performed well on one task, there will typically be multiple tasks to complete and you will be assessed on your overall performance. Make sure you put your full focus into each task independently of the others to get the best results.

Keep these tips in mind for your next assessment day, and you’ll give yourself the best chance of success. And, if you’re attending an Obelisk Support assessment day, remember we like our lawyers to be H.A.P.P.I.E.R – that’s Helpful, Authentic, Professional, Positive, Innovative, Elastic and Responsive.