Graduate assessment centres vary in structure from employer to employer, but their core purpose is to create an environment in which you, along with other candidates, demonstrate key workplace skills. These include communication, teamwork, problem-solving, task management and leadership and they are assessed through activities like group work, presentations, case studies, e-tray exercises and, in a new development, virtual reality exercises. Find out what assessment centres involve and how to approach the different activities, and find out how to be both leader and team player.
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