Students enhanced their employability skills and received feedback from industry professionals during the Business School’s Mock Assessment Centre Day.

Introduced three years ago, the annual Mock Assessment Centre Day operates for all second year Business School students as part of their employability curriculum. It replicates the activities commonly included by graduate employers as part of their recruitment process.

Students participated in two observed activities: a group task and a group presentation, which were observed and assessed by 21 employers from across the region, as well as University staff. Students also completed online psychometric tests, underwent a mock video interview, completed an application form and compiled a LinkedIn profile.

Edge Hill’s Senior Careers Adviser, Sue Taylor, said:

“The day is highly valued by students as it allows them to gain an insight into the graduate recruitment process and practice the activities they will need to succeed in. Students find the employer input invaluable as it provides them with ‘real world’ feedback on their performance and pointers as to how they can develop. A number of students are now developing business projects with two of the employers, whilst others have secured internships or shorter placements.”

Second year Marketing with Public Relations student, Georgia Moloney, found the Mock Assessment Centre Day really beneficial.

“The Mock Assessment Centre Day was extremely useful in understanding the process we have to go through when applying for jobs in the real world,” said Georgia. “I have learnt about the skills I will need, such as communication skills and working well as part of a team, as well as gaining confidence in relation to meeting potential employers and presenting important information. The day has given me an insight on how to improve in the future and learn from this experience to help ensure my success when applying for jobs once I graduate.”

Employers supporting the event this year included Barclays, Cleversteam, DBS, Doris IT, Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Leafy Lytham, MSIF, Royal Air Force, St Helens Council and Young Enterprise.

Daniel Nicolson, Director of Cleversteam and one of the assessors on the day, said:

“Edge Hill’s Mock Assessment Day is one of the most fulfilling days on the calendar. Observing the students and offering honest feedback as they prepare themselves for careers is a rewarding and fun process.

“From a business point of view not only does it allow us to hopefully give something meaningful back, it also showcases our company for recruiting graduates.

“We have enjoyed a close relationship with Edge Hill over the years and we can’t help but be impressed by the efforts they go to to best prepare their students for employment and the lengths they go to to expose them to real work companies.”.

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