Last week I was lucky enough to sit in on a mock assessment centre. (Kindly delivered by the recruitment team at Rolls Royce).

During the group exercise, it was great to see some hard and fast examples of competencies in action noted by the observers.  I’ve found these examples useful to cite for those anxious about group exercises.  This kind of behaviour is hard to fake or force; the information below is unlikely to be able to change how an applicant naturally performs.  Hopefully though, it’s useful in building confidence and understanding for what is often one of the most daunting bits of an assessment.

Competency: Decision making

Exemplar actions seen to be used:

  • Showing energy and drive towards decision making
  • Positive and appropriate attitude to decision making
  • Decision making without tension or nerves visible
  • Making decisions with sensitivity to others

Competency: Judgement

Exemplar actions seen to be used:

  • Considering implications of a decision
  • Able to act even without full picture
  • Use of instinct and intuition
  • Considering the customer/client
  • Showing dedication to a positive outcome

Competency: Receives and encourages new ideas

Exemplar actions seen to be used:

  • Facilitating brainstorming
  • Showing patience in hearing others
  • Showing an alertness to possibilities
  • Bringing in creative ideas from others
  • Recognising the need to influence others
  • Using diplomacy and tact
  • Being flexible, optimistic and open to new suggestions

Competency: Effective communication

Exemplar actions seen to be used:

  • Engaged in a two-way dialogue – not solely initiating or responding
  • Changing and adapting style of communication to different audiences
  • Commanding attention when informing
  • Seeking information from others
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