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Interviews, a presentation, and a bank heist. What to expect from the Hewlett Packard assessment centre

recruiters aren’t trying to catch candidates off-guard; they will be told in advance what exercises they will have on the day

The HP assessment centre stage follows the initial telephone interview. Exercises typically include:

  • face-to-face interview
  • presentation
  • group task
  • written test

In previous years, assessment centres have been held between February and April, though this will not necessarily be the case every year – it will depend on factors such as application volumes and the number of vacancies available (as well as how quickly they are filled).

Activities at the HP assessment centre

While not all assessments will include the same activities, here is a rough guide to what kinds of things to expect:

  • Presentation: Candidates are required to give a presentation lasting around 15 minutes, and will usually be contacted beforehand to discuss the topic.
  • Group task: Previous candidates have mentioned tasks such as a ‘bank heist’ exercise in which they had to plan out the robbery, allocating certain tasks to team members with different skills and experience, all within a strict time limit.
  • Written tests: These are usually standard numerical or verbal reasoning tests, which can be practiced online before the day.
  • Interview: This is a competency interview.

It’s important to note that although assessment centre activities do vary, recruiters aren’t trying to catch candidates off-guard; they will be told in advance what exercises they will have on the day, so there will be time to prepare.

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