We organise assessment centres for a variety of posts. The events are designed around the requirements of the role, how many vacancies we have and how many applicants we are likely to be assessing. This page explains what to expect at an assessment centre and how to prepare.
What an assessment centre involves
The assessment centres can be an entire day event, but we aim to have a morning session and an afternoon session that take approximately three hours to complete.
The assessment centre will include either a written test or a verbal OSCEI and a panel interview to assess your knowledge.
For bands 6 and above, an individual assessment will take place – this will be confirmed in your interview invite.
Interviews will last up to 40 minutes and are based on our Trust values and behaviours, as well as your strengths for the role.
Band 2 and 3 staff will be invited to attend an examination centre. The examination centre will include written numeracy and literacy tests.
After this examination, the successful candidates will be invited to interview. The interviews will last approximately 30 minutes and will be based on our Trust values and behaviours.
This is seen as a fair and accurate way of selecting staff, as it provides different ways for you to show us your full potential.
Booking onto an assessment centre day
If you have applied for a post and have been shortlisted, we will text and email you with an invitation to attend the assessment centre. The email gives you full instructions on what to do.
Sessions run in the morning or afternoon; times will be confirmed on our invites.
You may have the choice of which session you attend, though they are allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you do not book a place, we will assume you have withdrawn your interest in the post.
You can only book your place by logging onto the website as instructed in your email. You will be reminded to attend by text and email 24 hours before the assessment centre day.
If you need any adjustments or adaptations, you must let us know when you confirm your attendance.
Where is the assessment centre held?
The assessment centre is usually held at the Education Centre, 75 York Road near St Thomas' Hospital. You'll be advised of the location and how to get there when you are invited.
Plan your journey to arrive on time. You will not be allowed to enter if you arrive late, as the assessments will have already started.
What to bring with you
- photo identification such as passport, driving licence, or national identity card (original and a photocopy). Without these you will not be able to participate, so please have them ready
- your original university certificates and a photocopy
How to prepare
You will have read the job description and person specification when you applied for the post. This is what you will be assessed against at the assessment centre. Therefore, you may find it helpful to review this and consider how you have demonstrated the skills and behaviours outlined. This may have been in the workplace or outside of work.
You should also try to familiarise yourself with our Trust values and behaviours.
At the assessment centre
- be yourself
- make sure you bring all documents you've been asked to bring
- be enthusiastic
- do not try to second guess what you are being assessed on
- assume we are assessing you at all times
- follow the instructions you are given for each task and complete all of them. Listen carefully, and ask if you're unsure about anything
- join in discussions and ask questions but don't dominate
- keep up to date with current issues. You can do this by reading current journals and our website
- practice skills you think you might be tested on, such as clinical skills and drug calculations
- re-read your application form or CV before attending
- get some rest the day before.
Don't worry if you feel you've performed badly in one of the assessments; concentrate on showing your potential in the others.
Finding out the results
We'll email you within five working days of the assessment centre with your result. We will also telephone you within five working days to offer feedback of your performance at the interview.
If you are unsuccessful, please do not apply to attend another assessment centre for three months. This gives you time to reflect on the process and your feedback and to gain the skills you did not demonstrate on the previous occasion.
Admin and clerical assessments – staff bank
We recruit to the administrative and clerical staff bank (covering general administrative roles across the Trust) every month.
We advertise and accept applications via this site. Once we have received and shortlisted applications, we will call you if you have been successful at a designated time with a short telephone screening questionnaire. This is designed to find out more about you, test key competencies, discuss the opportunities available through the Trust’s Staff Bank and field any questions you may have.
If suitable, you will then receive a follow up invitation via email to an assessment day (lasting two hours) at one of the Trust’s offices, where you will take key skills literacy, numeracy and IT tests.
The timeframe from application to the assessment day is three to four weeks. If you pass the exercises at the assessment day you will be eligible to work through the staff bank, subject to satisfactory completion of pre-employment checks.
Ancillary and portering assessments – staff bank
The Trust organises large recruitment events for its ancillary and portering department two or three times each year.
An advert will go on the Trust’s website inviting applications or expressions of interest.
We will seek to contact all suitable applicants by phone for an initial screening designed to determine eligibility and suitable for these roles.
After the phone screening you will be invited to an open day hosted by the Trust. This will either be at one of the Trust’s offices or at a location hosted by our partners South Bank Employers Group in Brixton.
At the open day, a member of the Trust will give a presentation to prospective joiners about the Trust, staff bank and how it works, and the nature of the roles available. You will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the day.
Following the presentation, you will be asked to do short written exercises, designed to confirm basic literacy and numeracy skills, and possibly (depending on the role) a short test designed to gauge basic knowledge of essential requirements of the post.
If you who pass the assessment day you will be invited to meet members of the relevant department for a short interview, which would be held at Guy’s Hospital.
The timeframe from application to interview is usually four to five weeks. After interview, if you have been successful you would be eligible to work for the Trust, subject to the completion of satisfactory pre-employment checks.