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Types of exercise

Employers use many different types of exercise in an assessment centre. Find out more about some of the different types, tips for preparation and how to perform well here.

Group exercises

An assessment centre is likely to involve some form of group exercise with other candidates, giving the employer a chance to see how you interact and work with others. Find out more about what to expect and how to perform well here.

Presentations

You may be asked to give a presentation as part of your assessment centre, either on a topic you've been given in advance or you might be asked to prepare one on the day itself. Get tips on preparation and how to perform well here.

In-trays/e-trays

In-tray or e-tray exercises are very common in assessment centres and are designed to simulate a real work situation. Find out more including tips for success and access practice exercises here.

Case studies

Case study exercises are very common in assessment centres and are designed to simulate a real work situation. Find out more including tips for success here.

Interviews

You may have an interview as part of your assessment centre. For advice on different interview formats and how to tackle them please see the interviews section of our website:

Tests

You may be asked to sit tests at your assessment centre including aptitude and/or personality tests. For advice on different test types and how to tackle them please see the selection tests section of our website: