What is an Assessment Centre? – Graduate Helpdesk

What is an Assessment Centre? – Graduate Helpdesk

October 25, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


Hi, I’m Taniya, I’m a Graduate Recruiter
here at Telstra. We know that when applying
for graduate programs there are a lot of steps
and stages to go through but getting that successful
phone call is very rewarding, and so is joining the graduate program. To help you out, we’ve put
together this video which will guide you through
one of the key recruitment stages: the Assessment Centre. So what’s an Assessment Centre,
and what’s it really all about? An Assessment Centre sounds
really daunting – but it isn’t. The main purpose of
the Assessment Centre is for us to see how
you react in a group scenario, and how you work
with other people. This helps us to see you demonstrate
your creativity and your leadership skills, and it also shows us how
you react in different situations, with different people. You won’t find yourself
sitting in an exam hall, completing a whole
series of essays. It’s actually quite the opposite. Our Assessment Centre
activities are hosted in one of the Telstra offices,
like the one I’m in right now. It’s hosted across
different city locations. On the day you’ll be joined
by around 18 to 26 graduates. You’ll be split into smaller teams
of around 4-6 on the day, so you can really expect to get
to know your team mates better. You’ll be taking part
in some group activities followed by
an individual presentation. Our recruitment team
will be facilitating and well as working
with you on the day and we’ll be looking for things like how
well you collaborate with your team mates, communicate with each other
and problem solve together. Now I’m sure you’ll all have plenty
of experiences working together in groups. I mean we’ve all done
uni assignments right? So it’s important
to really be yourself and let your
personality shine! If you are a bit introverted,
please make sure that you speak up and let other people
see who you really are. If you just sit back
and you don’t contribute, it makes it really hard for
the recruitment team to assess you. On the flip side,
if you are an extrovert, don’t try and be too dominant,
and really try and outshine the others, let the others speak as well
and try and seek contribution from them. Now you’ll also need to review
and prepare a short presentation for the final activity on
the Assessment Centre day. You will receive details
about this presentation the day before
the Assessment Centre. So like with everything,
it’s very good to be prepared. To help you in your
preparation, we really want you to find out as much
as you can about Telstra as well as the Grad Program. Drawing back on this
information will help to highlight that you understand
the bigger picture. It will also help you to
communicate to us how you see your role fitting into the company’s strategic direction. Our Assessment Centre’s
one of the key recruitment stages, so make sure that
you dress to impress and arrive with plenty of time
before your session is due to start. Being invited to an assessment
centre is a great achievement and it’s a bit different
compared to an interview, It’s a great chance
for us to get to know you and for you to get
to know the company better as well. Hopefully these tips and
tricks will shed a bit more light into your next stage of the graduate assessment process. So, we’ll see you at the
Assessment Centre, and good luck!