Assessment Centres

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We will run through what to expect from an Assessment Centre together with tips on how to succeed during our coaching call. In the meantime, however, please find below some excellent resources which will help you get a grasp of the basics of how to perform well at Assessment Centres.

Articles

Here are some useful articles which give some idea of what to expect from Assessment Days/Centres and provide some tips on how to tackle them:

http://www.allaboutcareers.com/careers-advice/assessment-centre

http://legalrecruitment.blogspot.com/2009/05/assessment-days-recent-experience-may.html
http://www.allaboutlaw.co.uk/index.php/applications-and-interviews/assessment-days/assessment-centre-tips/
http://www.allaboutlaw.co.uk/index.php/applications-and-interviews/assessment-days/preparing-for-an-assessment-day/
http://l2b.thelawyer.com/how-to-survive-assessment-days/122911.article
http://l2b.thelawyer.com/how-to-survive-assessment-days/127664.article

http://www.allaboutlaw.co.uk/index.php/applications-and-interviews/assessment-days/assessment-centre-tips/

http://www.allaboutlaw.co.uk/index.php/applications-and-interviews/assessment-days/preparing-for-an-assessment-day/

http://l2b.thelawyer.com/how-to-survive-assessment-days/122911.article

http://l2b.thelawyer.com/how-to-survive-assessment-days/1011494.article

http://legalrecruitment.blogspot.com/2009/05/assessment-days-recent-experience-may.html

http://www.legalweek.com/legal-week/news/2094802/interviews-assessment-centres-tops-tips-surviving-summer-season

Videos

http://www.careerplayer.com/tips-and-advice/general-advice/assessment-centers.aspx

Clifford Chance Assessment Centre Tips – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZsD4gIbxq8&feature=related

Tests/Exercises

Assessment Centres come in all shapes and forms.

Two of the most common exercises in law firm Assessment Centres are the Group Exercise and the Written Exercise. Here are two excellent guides to assist you in preparing specifically for such exercises:

Guide to Group Exercises

Guide to Written & E-tray Exercises

Whilst you may not know the specifics of what you will encounter there are similarities between the tests and you will benefit from practising some of them by taking a look at the following. They are not specifically tests from training contract assessment days but will give you a good broad practice opportunity:

General

http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/psychotests.htm

http://www.shldirect.com/practice_tests.html

http://www.kenexa.com/assessments/assessment_guidance

http://www.morrisby.com/pages/individuals/practicetests.aspx

http://www.previsor.co.uk/products/certifications

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/career_and_jobs/article5208407.ece

http://pg.sitebase.net/pg_images/taleo/practicetest.htm

http://faststream.civilservice.gov.uk/How-do-I-apply/Step-by-Step-Application-Process/

– http://legal-recruit.org/

– http://www.theonlinetestcentre.com/

In-Tray/E-Tray Exercise:

These are designed to test your ability to prioritise tasks based on their importance and urgency.

http://faststream.civilservice.gov.uk/How-do-I-apply/Example-e-Tray-Excercise/

– Eg’s – http://www.jobtestprep.co.uk/intraypractice.aspx

Another practice test can be found here: http://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/careers-advice/students/example-in-tray-assessmentday1.pdf. With answers to it here: http://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/careers-advice/students/answers-in-tray-assessmentday.pdf

And another one here : http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/careers/using-careers-service/cvs-apps-interviews/assess/types-exercise/in-tray

Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Exercise:

http://graduates.hoganlovells.com/apply_now/critical_thinking_test/

For a free iphone App to help you practice your critical thinking see here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/critical-thinking-university/id423986330?mt=8

Financial Services:

http://students.efinancialcareers.co.uk/numerical_test.htm

Paid Services:

http://www.assessmentday.co.uk/ – paid for practice tests which include feedback on why questions are answered incorrectly and why others are correct

http://www.jobtestprep.co.uk/ – some free eg’s and test samples can be found here. There are also various paid practice tests ranging from intray tests to verbal reasoning tests.

– http://legal-recruit.org/ – verbal reasoning and situational judgment tests specifically for vac scheme and training contract candidates