‌‌‌Assessment centres

Some employers use assessment centres as part of the recruitment process. It's an opportunity for them to test candidates’ performance, skills and competencies through a variety of exercises and activities. 

Download the information sheet, Assessment centres (PDF  , 285kb) for a summary of exercises and other selection methods used at this stage of the recruitment process.

4 things to do now

  1. Watch the At the assessment centre film to see some of the activities in action (York log in required). It’s also available to watch on DVD in Careers 
  2. Practise aptitude tests (including verbal and numerical reasoning) with our Profiling for success tests (accessible to York students only)
  3. Read the How to succeed at assessment centre book – available for reference in Careers or for loan from the University Library 
  4. Look out for the Assessment Centre Activity Day (held annually). 

Read more

To find out more about the Assessment Centre Activity Days, including top tips from employers, read our write-up of a previous event

Available in Careers for reference or to borrow from the University library:

  • How to succeed at an assessment centre, Harry Tolley & Robert Wood.

 (c) John Houlihan

Useful links

TargetJobs - advice on assessment centres 

The selection process

Find out more about the other recruitment process stages: