The assessment centre is usually the final stage of the selection process. If you have a disability or long-term health condition you may need an adjustment to be made for the assessment centre even if you have required one before now. For those of you with a visible or noticeable disability, or if you need an obvious adjustment, you should think about how you manage this with your fellow applicants in terms of whether you feel you need to say or explain anything.
The Purpose Of The Assessment Centre
Assessment centres will provide you with an opportunity to meet with a number of representatives from the organisation.
- Use the experience to find out about the company and whether you wish to work there.
- Concentrate on your own performance, not how you compare to others.
- Take on board any feedback for future assessment centres.
- Think of questions you may want to ask however don't ask questions for the sake of it.
- Converse with other candidates; this will help when it comes to group exercises later.
- Find out about whether there will be dinner/drinks and who will be attending this.
Each exercise will be designed to assess any number of skills, attributes and / or competencies in order that the assessors can gain an overall picture of your ability and suitability for the role.
Remember, they want you to do well and have invited you to this stage because they believe you can.
- Stay focused and motivated through the day; even if you are feeling tired.
- Use the assessment centre to find out about them as an employer and to weigh up whether they are an organisation that you would wish to work for.
- Be yourself; they want to recruit the real you not someone you are pretending to be.
Requiring Adjustments Due To Your Disability
Either way you will need to engage in open dialogue with the organisation about what your needs are.
Remember that recruiters are dealing with many, many applicants and it is therefore understandable that they may need you to remind them of your requirements.
- Find out what the assessment entails so you can identify what adjustments you may need.
- Be open and honest about what you need in order to do your best.
- Provide plenty of time for them to source and implement what you need; failure to do so many result in your assessment centre being delayed.
Managing Your Disability
If you do decide it would be beneficial for the other candidates to know, you need to think how you will inform them - whether you inform them yourself or ask the recruiter to do this on your behalf.
By now you will have begun to build a rapport with the recruiting organisation. The more open and honest you have been about your situation earlier in the process the easier you will find it to have these conversations at this stage.
- Work out what you are going to do in plenty of time rather than after you have arrived.
- If you are going to inform the other candidates, do so at the beginning in order that you can then concentrate on the assessment centre.
- Think about what the right thing for you is and what will help you demonstrate your full potential.
Steps To Success
- Confidence. Be confident in your abilities, but not overbearing.
- Be sociable with everyone. Come prepared to interact with both your peers and company representatives.
- Immerse yourself in the process. Whilst there, focus solely on the assessment centre; block out all external distractions.
- Ensure clarity of tasks. Listen carefully to instructions and guidance given; don't be afraid to ask when you are unsure.
- Remember the basics. Be punctual, dress appropriately and switch your mobile phone off.