Prepare for the BT Assessment Centre and Interview

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Do you expect to take part in a BT assessment centre? Read below to find out about the different stages of the day and to get one of our comprehensive prep packs. The best way to make a good impression is to ensure you are fully prepared for each new challenge.
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If you have been successful in the earlier stages of the application process, the final stage you will encounter is the British Telecom (BT) assessment centre. This is 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. Between 10 and 12 candidates attend each assessment day. 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.

BT Assessment Centre

There are four exercises at every graduate scheme assessment centre. The order in which you will take them varies as all exercises run at the same time. These exercises are:


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. 

Group Exercise

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. 

BT Case Study

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 also have a follow-up 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. Rather, simply present a list of organised bullet points that are clear and easy to read and which follow your argument. 

BT Interview

The fourth exercise is the interview with a manager from your chosen area. This interview is similar in style to the Skype interview you participated in earlier in the process. Questions focus on your CV and skills, as well as why you have chosen to work with BT. The interviewer will also be interested in what you know about BT. In addition, you should expect some technical questions assessing your knowledge as relevant to the job you desire.

Ahead of the assessment day, read up on the BT values and think of examples in the past in which 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 to be certain of any technical skills you need to display during the interview. Once you have pulled together all your background research, the final stage is to test yourself with a mock interview. 

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In Summary

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 is known for. As a result, the BT assessment centre is designed to help the company employ those with the best skills all round. Preparation is the key ingredient to producing your best performance on assessment day, and this page has outlined exactly what you need to do to prepare. Good luck!

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