These days, many prospect candidates are already approaching current trainees and HR staff in different Career Fairs all over the world and online. And Assessment-center related questions are quite common. How to survive to the Assessment ?
First of all, you are going to be assessed by a big group Senior Managers from different Market Organizations and backgrounds (CEO’s, Sales VPs, HR). You will get to know them the night before the Assessment, so take the chance to speak to them. Share your expectations and interests with them, and do not hesitate to ask questions about career perspectives in Hilti or any other concern. This first face to face interaction helps to build trust before the interviews the next day.
Secondly, do not get obsessed with the content of the different interviews / tasks during the Assessment. Obviously we cannot discuss here the detail, which also varies from year to year. Nevertheless, my advice is that you manage your energy level properly through the long day and adjust to the timing for each task. Failing in one test well below you average in the rest could be dangerous !
Moreover, take the chance to interact with your peers, that is other candidates. Hilti wants to encourage a collaborative environment over a competitive one, and actually many other candidates will have very interesting backgrounds from which you can get some learnings. I am still in touch with some of the people I shared this experience with!
Finally, be ready for immediate and direct Feedback, and how to manage it. If you are not offered a position in the Program, you may be offered another position in your Market, but this does not happen always. Be ready to handle all possible scenarios, and Good Luck !