Coaching for the EPSO Assessment Centre

For those who wish to further improve their performance in the various exercises that make up an assessment centre, in an intensive way, coaching is available for:

  • Case Study and other written tests
  • General Competence Interview
  • Specific Competence Interview
  • Oral Presentation

Which assessment centre test we begin with depends on what you have requested, of course, but usually it is best to begin with the case study that is often the first test at the assessment stage. This brief outline of how the sessions are organised is based on that structure (case study first etc.), but it is always possible to organise the work in other ways and there is no obligation to work on all the parts of the assessment centre with me.

Coaching sessions focus on structure, timing, organisational techniques and clear communication, all of which must be mastered in order to succeed at the assessment centre.

First session

I begin by explaining a strategy for the CS test. Almost all candidates write reports on a regular basis in their daily work, but this test is different due to the very restricted time, the unfavourable computer set-up and software and the pressure of a test. A strategy is needed to produce a report/text that can gain a satisfactory evaluation in the time available.

A CS exercise is set as ‘homework’ to be reviewed at the second session. This CS is normally sent to me by email in advance so that, before we meet, I can already form some ideas about how it might be improved.

I usually follow this with an introduction to the structure of the interview and what must be prepared for both. The preparation process is lengthy and is something that you must work on over several weeks so as to be able to present answers orally during subsequent coaching sessions. This is often concluded by a first practice of the opening statement for the general competence interview.

The necessary materials are provided for both tasks.

Second session

Usually at least one week after the first session, we meet again to consider the CS that you have completed under near-exam conditions since the last meeting. We consider how the strategy has worked and how it may need to be adapted for you since everyone works in a slightly different way. Often it is useful to rewrite or restructure the first CS so as to have a clear idea of what a better report/text might have looked like. Following this, a second CS is set and the process is repeated, although it may be that there is much less to discuss and it may not even be worthwhile meeting to review the text of this second CS. In this case, I send comments by email. You can then write other CSs during the weeks that follow until you feel confident in applying the strategy by the time of the test.

If time allows and if you feel ready, we may also work on elements of the general competence interview.

Subsequent sessions

This depends on the timetable of the parts of your assessment centre – whether the case study is imminent, how soon after the case study the oral part of the assessment centre will take place etc. A combination of work on the CS and the Interview(s) will be agreed on and convenient dates fixed.

If an Oral Presentation is part of the assessment centre, a similar process will be used as for the CS – one session to explain a strategy that enables you to carry out the whole process satisfactorily in the very restricted timeframe of the test, followed by another session when you present an OP and I give you feedback and suggestions. You may then present other OPs in later sessions if you wish.

You can contact me by using the Contact Form.