The second day was the AD. I came early and took my time to drink a coffee and to meet some people. I wore some professional clothes as the OD.
The video above is an example of assessment which took place in Korea
We were about 100, divided in two groups of 50 people (one on the morning, the other one on the afternoon). The recruiter has divided us in groups of 3. The recruiter gave us a card with the name of a job. We needed three essential elements for this job and then quote our ideas in front of everyone. The recruiter was looking at all of us, and taking notes.
- Don’t look at your recruiter, just talk with your mates.
- Make sure to let people talk
- smile all the time
- talk in a polite manner
- You can agree or disagree with people but you have to use a strong argument
- Don’t talk for nothing.
Then the recruiter gave us a second card with an object. We had to relate the object and the job in a creative way (my group had a farmer and lipstick). I was the one who presented the idea of our group. To present the idea, I stood up, said “Hello everyone” presented our object and job with a big smile, then said how we related the job and the object.
ATTENTION: don’t never ever talk in your own name, I mean don’t say “I think” but “as a group, we think that …”. Remember that this is a group activity!
One group didn’t understand that we had to relate the object and the job and only talk about the object. Our recruiter said ” but it wasn’t what I asked !”. They were eliminated.
The recruiter took about 15 min before going out and stick a paper on the door with the numbers of people who had succeeded. I was a bit sad because one of our group didn’t succeed and I still don’t understand why… Hope that she will make it next time!
We were not more than 30. We all had to make the reach test; it means that every one should reach 212 cm one by one (you can do this on your tiptoes and with only one hand). This is mandatory for security reasons. In the same way, she asked me if I had visible tattoos and if i was speaking other languages.
A girl didn’t succeed because she missed only 1 or 2 cm. My advices if you miss some centimetres to reach 212 cm is to try to train everyday to get more flexibility. Sometimes it really works!
She asked us to form a circle and gave us a paper with several questions, such as:
- The access card to the theme park of Mr X has expired, but he still wishes to enter. What can you do?
I can’t remember all the questions because it gone too fast! To answer it was necessary to discuss as a group. It was very difficult because some spoke a lot, others not at all. For my part, I had few ideas to share because it was impossible to talk with all of us talking in the same time. I was just asking to everyone:
- Is everyone agrees with this idea?
- I agree with the idea of Julie, but maybe Linda as something else to share
- If everyone agrees, we can move to the next question because we don’t have enough time
- I think that Elene’s idea is true, but in my mind, we should add the fact that …
The aim of that was to participate, and to consider people ideas. Your recruiter will act like she isn’t looking at you but in fact she is! So don’t try to look at her or you will not succeed.
Then the recruiter returned to us, and randomly asked questions about things that the group said. I remember one man was talking without even looking at the recruiter, like he was talking to his shoes. Obviously, he didn’t succeed I think that he was a bit shy but don’t do that, try to think that’s it’s your turn to show how sociable you are! The recruiter asked twice the same question to a girl but she did not understand and wasn’t able to answer. She didn’t succeed.
The recruiter asked us to go out for 15 minutes, and came back with the numbers of people who had succeeded. We were not more than 10.
We had an English test for 1 hour. It was not hard but there was not much time to answer all questions. If you have some difficulties in English, try to prepare yourself by reading some english books, making some exercices …
One person was eliminated because she had not managed to do everything.
At the end we were 10, about 20 while we were counting the morning group.
Then the recruiter gathered us and explained some stuff like the next process, and the guideline that we would have to follow for the final interview. After that she chose first people who travelled for the OD/AD. There were not enough places for the next days, so we would have to wait one month until the FI!
For this day, you have to understand that your recruiter doesn’t care about your ideas, but he wants to see how you can interact with people, and in the same way, listen to them. You recruiter will walk around, have a look on you and take some notes so you always have to look at them, smile, but also share your opinion in a very polite manner. If you disagree, just say it because every one thinks differently, but use an appropriate vocabulary, take your time to breathe and think and then talk. Do never cut someone off, and don’t look at your recruiter at all. Indeed, don’t be a leader but don’t be too shy as well. Just talk with people like you are already friends, be natural, be yourself, and you will succeed!
At the end, the recruiter said congratulation to all of us, and gave us the guideline above for the last step. We had to filled this document, and to take our photos just like that.
This was the most stressing day of my life and I was so tired! We began at 1:00 pm and end at 6:00 pm. I’ll advice you to sleep very well and bring something to eat and drink!