The leading recruiters often use the group exercise as a fundamental tool in the sifting process of job applicants. The exercise is designed to identify specific selection criteria, according to the job description candidates are applying for.
Throughout the duration of the group exercise, candidates face challenging and complex tasks within the framework of a group of 8-16 people. Group members may be candidates for the same position as you or for other positions.
There is a wide spectrum of behaviours that are demonstrated by applicants during a group exercise in an assessment centre, ranging from loud and dominant people to shy and introvert. The group dynamic reveals each participant's individual behaviour thereby enabling the recruiters to predict how each applicant is likely to behave and progress in the work environment in general and how they are likely to react in specific situations.
The group exercise's purpose is to predict and assess:
Many applicants have a genuine difficulty showing an adequate level of involvement in the group exercise in the assessment centre and demonstrating their skills in an optimal manner. Some tend to be overly dominant and loud fearing that otherwise they may not be heard and valued. Others are introvert and quiet, fearing that their contribution may not be significant enough in comparison to others'.
The following situations and dilemmas often rise during the group exercise. They can become surmountable with the appropriate guidance: