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Assessment Centres

If you application has been successful and you have been invited for an assessment centre, use the resources below to help you prepare:

Online Information and Resources...

Online Books and Helpsheets:

The Careers Group publish a range of pdf help sheets which you can download. Titles include:

  • Psychometric Tests
  • Oral Presentations
  • Interviews
  • Written and E-Tray Exercises
  • Group Exercises

You can also download the following books which are useful for assessment centre preparation:

Online Practice Test:

UCL Careers Service has a subscription to Kenexa so that you can take a full length, online, timed numeracy and verbal reasoning test similar to those used by a wide range of graduate recruiters and receive immediate feedback on your performance.

To receive log-in details for this test please email us from your UCL email account including your full name and student ID (UPI) number which can be found on your ID card. UCL GradClub members can register using a personal email address but must have a validated GradClub membership card and include the number that's on this. Alternatively, you can drop in to the Careers Service with current UCL ID.

Additional Online Resources:

Our staff and other Career Professionals from across our parent body, The Careers Group, University of London, have provided reviews and descriptions of a wide range of other websites and online resources on our online careers resource library - Careers Tagged.

Use tags such as "Assessment Centres", "Interviews", "Aptitude Tests" etc. and/or tags for the sector you've applied to to link to a huge range of online resources which can help you prepare for your assessment centre.

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Reference and Loan Books at the Careers Service...

We have a range of books with tips on preparing for the range of activities common to Assessment Centres including:

  • How to Succeed at an Assessment Centre
  • Succeeding at Assessment Centres for Dummies
  • Job Interviews: Top Answers to Tough Question
  • Great Answers to Tough Interview Questions
  • Vault Guide to Finance Interviews
  • Vault Guide to the Case Study Interview
  • Professional Level Psychometric Tests
  • Practice Psychometric Tests
  • The Civil Service Qualifying Tests
  • How to Pass Numerical Reasoning Tests
  • How to Pass Advanced / Intermediate Numeracy Tests
  • How to Pass Advanced / Intermediate Verbal Reasoning Tests
  • Critical Thinking - A Concise Guide*
  • Critical Thinking for Students*

Most of the above can be used at the Careers Service or are available for loan for up to 3 working days for a returnable £10 cash deposit.

*These books are for reference use only.

We also have some DVDs which can be viewed at the Careers Service.

  • At the Assessment Centre
  • The Assessment Centre Video
  • Making an Impact – the graduate job interview
  • Why Ask Me That?

Student to Student Assessment Centre Feedback
UCL students and recent graduates who've been to Interviews or Assessment centres can give feedback on their experiences for the benefit of other students preparing for interviews. A wide range of employers, sectors and course providers are covered and the information they provide includes:

  • Format of interview / assessment centre exercises
  • Questions asked (with examples)
  • Unexpected questions
  • Tips for future applicants

You can access this in the Careers Service Library.

Contribute to our Resources
If you've been to an Interview or Assessment Centre and are happy to tell us how it went, you can add to the above resource by downloading and completing our Interview Feedback Form.

Free take-away materials...

We have helpsheets available to pick up, including:

  • Psychometric Tests
  • Oral Presentations
  • Interviews
  • Written and E-Tray Exercises
  • Group Exercises

Sector Specific Guides, Employer Directories and Career Magazines: Many of the individiual sector guides will contain tips for interviews and assessment centres. Pick them up free at the Careers Library

Employer Literature: Many employers provide company brochures which can be collected from the Careers Service. These often include specific tips on the company's interview process and make excellent reading when you're travelling to an interview.

Meeting Employers and other Events...

At certain times of year, the Careers Service runs events which can be useful for assessment centre preparation. These include:

Remember to register with UCLAlert to be notified of relevant events by email.

1-1 Advice and Guidance...

Short Guidance sessions can be used to discuss general interview techniques or to help you understand what employers look for with different selection methods.

If you have been invited to a real interview, a Practice Interview with an Adviser is the best way to experience a real interview situation, get feedback on your performance and tips on how to improve.

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