The key thing to remember is that our assessment centres are a way for us to get to you know you better and for you to meet the team you could be working with in the future. It’s a fantastic opportunity for you to ask questions and find out more about us.
What to expect
One of our Early Careers Recruitment team will be in touch to invite you to the assessment centre event, this could take place in one of our offices or online. Your invitation will provide some information about the format of the event you are being invited to and the roles we are recruiting for. We will ask you to complete a short survey to gather information about any special requirements you have for attending and information about your travel arrangements (if required). We will also ask you to upload any relevant documents so you don’t have to bring anything on the day. If you’re assessment centre takes place in one of our offices and you’re travelling from outside the city the event is taking place in, we will book your travel for you. If the event takes place online we’ll give you the opportunity to join one of our test sessions the day before to check the technology is working for you.
On the day, we usually start in the morning and someone from the Early Careers Recruitment Team will be there to welcome you and provide a short introduction to WSP. You’ll then have chance to meet the WSP team(s) and find out more about the day to day work in their teams. There’ll usually be around 10 people from WSP attending and up to 20 other attendees, many of these people are likely to be feeling just like you are. You’ll take part in a group activity and we’ll give you plenty of time to meet the assessors and chat to them informally. You’ll also have the chance to meet some of our existing graduates who can tell you more about their experiences of working at WSP. You will also have an interview with the team, this is your chance to shine individually, away from the group, and usually lasts around 30 minutes.
Tips & Advice
- Be punctual – make sure you’ve checked how to get to our venue if you are travelling or that the technology is working for an online event. Allow plenty of time to be ready at the given start time. We know trains are sometimes delayed and technology isn’t always reliable - if anything does happen it’s best to let us know as soon as you have an issue.
- Create the right environment – if you’re attending our assessment centre from home, we recommend that you let anyone that you live with know that you're attending an important event and ask not to be disturbed. We understand it's not always possible to find a suitable space at home, we know you might be sat on your bed! That’s fine, as long as you are comfortable and sitting upright. If you are conscious about your background and surroundings you can blur this or use a background.
- Ask questions – you have a great opportunity to ask those detailed questions about the day to day role, what it’s like to be part of the team etc. make the most of this!
- Dress smartly – this might sound obvious but always good to reiterate that first impressions really do count.
- Research WSP – You’re likely to be asked why you have applied to WSP. Ahead of the assessment centre you may wish to review our website to find out more about the team that is recruiting on the day and explore why the work they do is interesting to you. You could also take a look at our social media channels such as LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram. These offer be a great way to refresh your WSP knowledge and keep up to date with life at WSP
- Be Yourself – this is probably the most important piece of advice we can give. We know that you really want to secure the perfect graduate role, the best role for you will be the one that best matches your skills and natural preferences and so it’s important we see these on the day.