Guides on assessment centres
Online Careers Library
You can also search for guides by other publishers using the general 'assessment centre' search tag.
This resource provides example assessment centre exercises, as well as assessor information guides to help candidates to prepare for typical assessment centre exercises. At UCL Careers we partner with this test provider to save you having to pay for these yourself. You simply need to register* via the links below.
The exercises included are:
- 1 x case study exercise
- 1 x in-tray exercise
- 1 x presentation exercise
- 1 x group discussion exercise
*Note: To register to access the test materials for free, you will need a UCL email address. Recent Graduates should read the information about 'Email for Life' on the alumni relations website for details on accessing your UCL email account after graduation.
Employer directories and sector guides
In our information library we stock a range of graduate recruiter directories and sector-specific guides which include detailed information on how to succeed at assessment centres.
Drop in during our opening hours to collect your free take away copies.
Alternatively, download copies, (where available online), from our digital careers library.
Assessment Centre preparation loan books
The IOE Library holds several books that you can borrow which cover typical graduate level assessment centre exercises and provide tips on preparation and how to stand out. The books available cover a wide range of AC scenarios commonly used by graduate recruiters across different sectors.
Visit the library catalogue to view titles available.
Come to an event
We organise a wide range of events where you can find out more about how to stand out during an assessment centre.
- Career Essentials programme (Repeated throughout the year) A series of Careers Consultant led talks aimed at all students and recent graduates which includes an interactive workshop on preparing for assessment centres and a personality profiling workshop to help with understanding yourself and others during group exercises, amongst other topics.
- Employer-led skills sessions (Autumn and Spring reading weeks) A range of graduate recruiters who run assessment centres on a regular basis for different roles host half day practice assessment centres to give you practical experience of typical assessment centre exercises and get feedback on your performance.
- Sector-specific recruitment fairs (Autumn Term only) A chance to network with large numbers of major graduate recruiters from a specific sector to get insider tips on how they run assessment centres and what they're looking for to ensure you stand out.
- Jobs market (Summer Term only) Similar to our sector-specific fairs but giving you access to graduate recruiters from a wide range of sector areas.
- Employer presentations (Autumn and Spring Terms) Talks by individual companies about their current vacancies which will usually include an overview of their recruitment process which will include tips on assessment centre preparation where relevant.
- Sector themed weeks (Autumn and Spring Terms) Network with professionals from a range of sectors popular with UCL students to learn more about whether assessment centres are commonly used in recruitment for roles in that sector and, if so, how they are typically structured.
Get one-to-one advice
If you have been invited to an assessment centre, you can get one-to-advice on what to expect and how to prepare or get individual, role-play based coaching.
- Short guidance A general discussion with a Careers Consultant where you can go over any queries or concerns you may have about assessment centre preparation.
- Practice interview A more role-play based coaching exercise to give you practical experience of answering the types of questions which are likely to come up if there is an interview element to your assessment day. These sessions aren't suitable for practising group based exercises which are commonly used but we do run events throughout the year as detailed above to give you practice with these.
Speaking to UCL graduates who are working in the roles and sectors you're interested in is a great way to get an insider's view on what you might expect at an assessment centre.
Through the UCL alumni office, all UCL students and graduates have access to the UCL Bentham Connect mentoring platform.
Once logged in*, select the 'directory' link and you can then search for contact details of UCL alumni by:
- UCL Course or department
- Year of graduation from UCL
- Current occupation or field of work
- The country they're now based in
Before making use of this resource, we would recommend reading our Mentoring Guidance for Mentees and having a look at the range of networking guides available on our digital careers library. You may also find it helpful to attend one of the LinkedIn talks run through our Careers Essentials programme.
*Note: Any queries relating to UCL Bentham Connect should be directed to the UCL alumni office.