Guest blog: Succeeding in assessment centres

 In this post Laura Blackledge, Student Recruitment Officer at PwC, for the University of York, shares invaluable insight into how to succeed in assessment centres. Don’t forget that Careers will be running an Interview and Assessment Centre experience event on 7 Feb, which PwC will be attending. Book your placement using the above link.

Why do employers use assessment centres?

Employers use various tools during the recruitment process for a number of diCheck out our latest guest blogfferent reasons:

  • Measure your abilities
  • Understand your experiences and skills
  • Establish your preferred working styles
  • Identify your behavioural responses
  • Provide a job preview for yourself

We know the role and the needs of the roles we are recruiting for.

Our business’ sustainability depends on filling our roles with the most suitable and talented people.

We need to find the right fit – that is what’s best for us and the people we hire – so they can enjoy sustainable and fulfilling careers.

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UoY Careers newspaper illyExternal events and news you might be interested in


Altum Consulting  have recently launched their CSR program for 2016: The Altumate Challenge 2016 They are looking for entrants who wish to undertake an amazing adventure this year and raise money for a registered charity. They are offering the winner £5000 towards the cost of undertaking their challenge. They are also offering a further £1,000 towards their charitable fundraising target.

Opportunity for Hong Kong students

A partner organisation of the British Council, UK Joint University HK Career Society is providing a ‘Hire Graduates Channel’ together with Classified Post, Hong Kong’s leading online recruitment portal. This channel is only available to Hong Kong students studying in the UK, and recent Hong Kong graduates. Please register at

In addition, the UK Joint University HK Career Society is organising a recruitment fair to be held on August 6th in Hong Kong, with over 20 major employers attending. Students who are registered will receive details about the fair.

Latest Careers News – Summer week 4


Don’t miss out…

  • Applications are open NOW until Sunday Week 5 for a York Students in Communities placement.  Click here to see what’s on offer
  • Tier 5 Toolkit update for international students wanting to work in the UK
  • York Profiles & Mentors is a career profiles and mentoring tool for University of York students, created by Careers and York Alumni Association.



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In other news…

NEW! Graduate Teaching Internship  (GTI) Scheme 

Are you interested in teaching but not sure if it’s right for you? Are you about to graduate and need some classroom experience that pays well to help you make up your mind? You could earn £1,200 per month on the new Graduate Teaching Intern (GTI). Download the graduate brochure today.  Open to students of any subject, with any degree classification, from any university.

GO Great Opportunities – interactive careers events for bright ambitious first year students who have a disability or long term health condition. Central London, 24 June, 10.45 – 16.30

Be a Human Rights Lawyer, 17 May, Law Society, London – if you are a law student interested interested in a career in Human Rights Law, you can hear how human rights campaigners, solicitors, academics, civil servants and barristers started out.

Could you become a web tester for the Prospects careers website – an exciting new research panel being set up and you can join. If you want to help make the site better join up now.

Latest Careers News – Summer, Week 2



Latest news form Careers…


Applications opening and closing!

York Award for first years – don’t miss the deadline! Deadline Friday 22 April at 5.00pm 

If you’re a first year there is only a few days to complete and submit your online York Award application. Don’t worry – it’s not complicated, it’s open to all first years and we have lots of support available. Check out the York Award web pages and come and talk to us in Careers if you need help. Or drop into one of our York Award clinic this week:

  • Week 2: Wednesday 14:00-18:00 in RCH/018 (Ron Cooke Hub Hes East)
  • Week 2: Thursday 18:00-20:00 in D/114 (Derwent) Last chance to get support and beat the deadline

York Students in Schools applications open Tuesday Week 3: Be on board. Be engaged. Be inspirational.

Commit 8 – 10 half day sessions over autumn term in a primary or secondary school in York. Training sessions are provided by YSIS to prepare you for life in the classroom which could include helping out in a range of subject and activities, including language support, after schools clubs, and classroom assistance.

York Students in Communities Applications Open Tuesday Week 3: Discover the city and make an impact.


Get to know your local community by getting involved in a placement in heritage, conservation, education or the public sector. Could you be a mentor, activity helper, guide or befriender? Take a look at what’s on offer and apply by midnight Sunday Week 5.

Charity Internships Open Tuesday Week 3: Experience a career beyond profit.

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Arts and Humanities Careers Newsletter Summer Weeks 5-8 | Summer Recruitment Day | Career prospects for creative degrees | Entrepreneurs Boot Camp

Summer Term

Arts and Humanities Careers Newsletter


If you’ve been following our social media this term, you’ll have seen we’re running a #YouNeedWorkExperience campaign, focusing on all things work experience; what counts as work experience, how to find it at York and what effect it could have on your future job prospects. As it’s more and more important in today’s job market to have some sort of experience, Careers is keen to support students looking for work experience – whether you’re a seasoned pro or there’s nothing on your CV yet!

Every Wednesday of Summer Term our social media will be dedicated to #WorkExperienceWednesday, with handy tips and advice about work experience. There’s even a competition running! Make sure you follow us on Twitter to get involved in the campaign. If you can’t wait until Wednesday, get ahead and start thinking about your experience now – visit our work experience page for tips, support and information.

Have you had a great internship, placement year or work experience? Tell us your story to inspire and encourage other students – complete a York Profile!

Departmental Careers Events: Weeks 5-8 (11 May-7 Jun)

These events are specifically tailored to your department – don’t miss out!

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