As part of the recruitment process, as well as an interview, you may be asked to take part in additional recruitment activities, which may include:
The thought of completing an assessment exercise might be quite daunting, it’s an opportunity for you to demonstrate that you have the range of skills relevant to the job you have applied for.
At an interview you can describe your approach to team working or decision making, for example, however in an exercise you can actually show us how well you work with other people or how you go about making decisions as you would on-the-job.
A group exercise is designed to assess how you perform when working with others. In some group exercises you will be required to solve a problem as a group and in others, you may be required to negotiate your own objective.
Role plays are designed to assess how you interact with someone face-to-face. The person with whom you’ll be interacting will often be a trained actor or assessor.
Psychological tests and questionnaires are used to gain insight into how you perform on reasoning tasks or how you prefer to react in different situations. At the BBC we use two main types of psychological tests at selection:
Ability or intelligence tests are used to gain insight into how you perform on reasoning tasks, such as numerical or verbal reasoning.
Personality Questionnaires are used to gain insight into your preferred style of working. The questionnaires explore the way in which you typically react to, or deal with different situations and your responses allow predictions to be made concerning future behaviour. This information provides valuable insight into how your personal preferences might impact on your performance at work.
The results of the psychological tests and questionnaires will not be used in isolation but will add to information gathered in other areas of the selection process.
Presentation exercises allow you to demonstrate your ability to communicate clearly and influence other people. The content of a presentation might also allow you to demonstrate your ability to analyse information, make decisions and develop creative solutions. You might be asked to prepare your presentation in advance or may prepare it on the day of your assessment.
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