If you have been successful at the earlier stages, the final stage is the BT assessment centre, a whole day event containing four assessment activities as well as a tour of Adastral Park and a lunch with other candidates and current graduates. There are 10 to 12 candidates at each assessment day. You are assessed throughout against the BT values and your skills, not what the other candidates are doing. The best way to make a good impression is to ensure that you are fully prepared for each new challenge. Learn more about these assessments and prepare for them with JobTestPrep.
There are four exercises at every graduate scheme assessment centre. The order in which you will take them will vary as all exercises run at the same time. Read on to learn more about each exercise.
Ahead of the assessment centre, you will be sent a topic and asked to prepare a 10-minute presentation. You should also be prepared for an additional five minutes of questions and answers. Presentation topics are usually related to the area to which you have applied, and they may include technical trends and how they benefit BT, changes you expect over the next five years, and what BT’s competitors are doing. The interviewers are looking for both delivery and content, so make sure you research your topic well enough to sound as though you know what you are talking about. In addition, you should rehearse giving your presentation multiple times so that you sound confident and are certain of the times its delivery takes.
During the group exercise, you are put into a group of four. Each person in the group is given an individual brief about a different service or idea that BT is considering. You have 10 minutes to read the brief and and become familiar with it. As a group you will discuss each idea and after 40 minutes come to a collective agreement about which service you would invest in. You are watched throughout by a team of assessors who are evaluating your teamwork and leadership skills. You are judged on how well you worked with the team, stuck by your role, and the quality of your contribution towards coming to a group conclusion.
In this exercise you are given a case study briefing document on a current BT project, and asked to write a SWOT analysis based on what you have read. You are given limited time to carry out this exercise, and you will have a follow on session with an assessor to discuss your findings, so time management is key in this exercise. You do not need to write an essay for this exercise, simply present a list of organised bullet points that are clear and easy to read and follow your argument.
The fourth exercise is the interview with a manager from your chosen area. This interview is similar in style to the Skype interview you have had earlier in the process. Questions focus on your CV and skills, and why you have chosen to work with BT. They will also want to know what you know about BT, and you can also expect some technical questions assessing your knowledge relevant to that job you want to do.
Ahead of the assessment day read up on the BT values and think of examples in the past when you have demonstrated these skills. Sketch out answers to questions using these examples and use the STAR method to organise yourself. Make sure you have done your homework on BT so that you can talk about the company with confidence. Look at the job description for any technical skills that you need to display in the interview.
British Telecom is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and an ideal place to start your career. Employees are expected to display the BT values and to be able to uphold the quality of service that BT are known for. As a result the BT assessment centre is designed to help them employ those with the best skills all round. Preparation is the key ingredient to producing your best performance on the day, and this page has set out just what you need to do in preparation.