How to Succeed at Assessment Centres (Palgrave Career Skills 1st ed. 2016)

How to Succeed at Assessment Centres (Palgrave Career Skills 1st ed. 2016)

By: Kathleen Houston (author), Eileen Cunningham (author)Paperback

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This book is a fast-track course on how to perform convincingly and impressively for assessment centres and in-depth interviews. It guides students through the process from making the shortlist and preparing for psychometric tests through to delivering dynamic presentations and demonstrating your teamwork and leadership potential. Combining insights from employers who run assessment centres with the stories of graduates who have experienced them, it includes opportunities for students to try their hand at authentic assessment centre activities, build their knowledge of current recruitment methods and develop strategies for success. Packed with helpful advice and handy hints, this is an essential companion for all students preparing for assessment centres and interviews as part of the graduate recruitment process. It is also an ideal resource for students and staff on career and employability-related modules.

About Author

Kathleen Houston is Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University, UK and Senior Fellow of Employability and Enterprise at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. She is also an NHS Lay Adviser for panel interviews and recruitment and assessment centres. Eileen Cunningham is a Freelance Occupational Psychologist with expertise in psychometric assessment. She is also a university tutor and doctoral researcher at the University of Salford, UK.


Foreword.- 1. The Employer Perspective.- 2. Getting Selected.- 3. Psychometric and Assessment Day Tests.- 4. Numerical Ability Assessments.- 5. Verbal Reasoning Assessments.- 6. Observation by Assessors.- 7. Assessment Day Group Exercises.- 8. Assessment Day Other Activities.- 9. Presentations Prepared or Unprepared.- 10. The Interview Questions.- 11. Interview Preparation.- 12. Peak Performance.- Notes.- Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781137469311
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9781137469311
  • ISBN10: 1137469315
  • edition: 1st ed. 2016

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