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Assessment Centre Experience

This section of the website is devoted to live Q&A sessions with our own advisers or external employers. We will promote the Live Q&A’s in advance and you can also access session archives below.

The Lincoln Award Assessment Centre Experience is the final stage- you need to pass this in order to complete the award!  Once you have all your activities signed off in your evidence booklet please bring this in to the Careers & Employability Centre and we can book your Pathway Reflection and your Assessment Centre Experience.

2017/18 Experience Dates



Thursday 30th November 1pm-4pm
Tuesday 5th December 5-8pm
Tuesday 30th January 1pm-4pm
Thursday 1st March 5-8pm
Thursday 22nd March 10am-1pm
Wednesday 18th April 10am-1pm
Tuesday 1st May 1pm-4pm
Wednesday 9th May 10am-1pm
Thursday 10th May 5-8pm
Tuesday 15th May 1pm-4pm

What to expect

The Lincoln Award Assessment Centre Experience is a three hour event which will include a group exercise, a written exercise and a short interview.  The experience will be based on what you would typically expect at any graduate assessment centre and will prepare you for future graduate recruitment.  Each assessment centre will be run with an employer so it is as realistic as possible.  You will be sent preparation information- this will involve researching the employer but not preparing for any tasks.

You will be scored on all activities and you must meet the pass mark in order to complete the Lincoln Award.  You will receive an email with the outcome of the Assessment Centre Experience within one working day.  Feedback on your performance in all areas will be available.  If you fail the Assessment Centre Experience you will be supported at a one-to-one appointment with an Adviser to discuss your feedback.  You will also be able to attend one more Assessment Centre to attempt to pass and complete the Lincoln Award.

All Assessment Centre Experiences will run with an employer who currently recruits graduates so the feedback you receive will reflect the current labour market.

The Assessment Centre Experience will include;

Group Exercise

You will be given a task and an amount of time.  You must follow the brief and complete the task within the given time.  You will be watched by assessors throughout who will be observing your behaviour and scoring you on your competencies such as; teamwork, leadership and communication skills.

Written exercise

You will be given a written exercise and an amount of time.  This is an individual exercise and you must follow the instructions and complete the tasks.  These may include exercises such as in-tray or prioritising tasks, proofing some writing for mistakes or asking you to write a summary based on information.  These exercises are usually designed to test skills such as; ability to prioritise, attention to detail and written communication skills.

Short Interview

You will take part in a short interview.  This will be competency based questions and you will be scored on most areas covered in your Skills Assessment.  As in any interview you will need to communicate specific examples and remember to use STAR technique!

You will be supported throughout the Lincoln Award to attempt the Assessment Centre Experience and you will receive full feedback afterwards.

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