Smart Resourcing shows growth in assessment centre simulations


A regular feature of the recruitment process for many graduate schemes, the assessment centre format offers benefits for both employer and potential graduate trainee.

It’s a long established, efficient way for companies to screen potential hires through bespoke exercises, tests and interviews. While graduates get the opportunity to showcase a broader range of skills and competencies that an interview situation alone allows.

Perhaps more importantly, however, and given that universities are under increasing pressure to demonstrate value for money and supply workforce-ready students, many universities are increasingly seeing the value of running assessment centre simulations for their students.

So much so that Smart Resourcing, a dedicated provider of assessment centre solutions to both industry and academia, have reported that all of their university clients have renewed their 2016 contracts as a direct result of the benefits achieved.

For example, university clients are already seeing shifts in areas such as students being more interested in working with big corporates as opposed to local SMEs, as well as improved DLHE statistics.

In addition, they also expect the number of large scale assessment centre simulations they carry out to double this year, are increasing the volume of students they work with at some universities and are set to partner with more universities and schools across the UK.

The assessment simulation service is run in conjunction with Careers Services and delivers best results when working closely with course leaders to help students from different year groups and courses to enjoy a collective experience.  

Recognised by the AGR and the CIPD, the programmes allow students to practice the typical process and exercises used by graduate recruiters. All exercises are presented and assessed using employer techniques and benchmarks so the students enjoy an experience that is as closely aligned to the live environment as possible.

Universities can choose which elements of the selection process they want to include from the point of application, through to tests, telephone or video interview then choosing from a range of exercise types at assessment centre.

SRS often conduct large scale assessment centres at football grounds, which are an ideal venue as they add both a sense of formality and excitement. Last year SRS held assessment centres at Manchester City, Tottenham and Watford grounds.

Caroline Herz of MMU, commented “We feel that it has now become a necessity to prepare our students for this method of application and working with Smart Resourcing Solutions has provided us with the support and level of professionalism that is now expected more than ever in the workplace. The organisation of the assessment is such a huge undertaking and the level of detail considered has ensured the assessment created impact for our students”.

Monday, 17 July 2017

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Smart Resourcing shows growth in assessment centre simulations