Archive | March, 2016

Tests, E-trays, case studies, and lunch!

Our topic for the blog this month is assessment centres. We’ve already discussed how your mindset can affect your performance, and heard from a Southampton Business School student about their experience of an assessment centre with J.P. Morgan.

In this post, taken from our online placement preparation course, we give you tips on how to succeed in common assessment centre activities: Tests, E-trays, case studies, and lunch!


Perceptions of work experience

This blog post is written by Freya, a final year student studying BSc Accounting and Finance at the University of Southampton.

Are you interested in a future career in accountancy? Are you considering completing a placement or internship in an accounting firm?

I’m studying Accounting and Finance at the University of Southampton and for my dissertation I am researching student’s perceptions of the benefits of undergraduate work experience in relation to company size.

There are plenty of undergraduate work experience opportunities available but do you think a company’s size and scope (i.e. global or regional) influences your decision about whether to apply for their placement or internship programs?

If this is a topic that interests you, I would be extremely grateful for your time and opinions. I will be sharing my final results with the business school placements office and you would really help improve our understanding of student perceptions.

The survey is simple and will take around 5 minutes.

Thank you.

Please participate here



Got an assessment centre? Here’s some advice

We work with lots of students who have assessment centres at this time of year. Preparing for these sometimes nerve-wrecking days is important, and at Southampton Business School, we run mock assessment centres to help prepare you for success.

Aside from attending one of these useful sessions, what else can do to boost your assessment centre performance? In this video, taken from our online placement preparation course, we give some advice on how your mindset can affect your performance:

It’s easy to fall in to the trap of seeing other applicants as ‘the competition’ during an assessment day, which can negatively affect your performance. If you see yourself as being in direct competition with the other applicants, for some, this can lead to unnatural behaviours, such as being forceful or dominating. Assessors won’t view such attitudes positively: they’re looking for people who can contribute in team-working scenarios, get the best out of others, and put across their own ideas whilst listening to those of their colleagues.

Besides, at lots of assessment days, organisations are looking to recruit more than one candidate. Other applicants might be applying for different roles, or there might be several of the same role available. Treating your fellow candidates as colleagues, not competition, will put you on the path to success!