Self-presentation in the assessment center
If you are invited to an assessment center by a potential employer, you can assume that part of it will also be a self-presentation. The requirements as an applicant for a new position can range from a simple presentation in an interview to a sophisticated idea.
So that your self-presentation in the assessment center is a success, we have put together our 5 best tips for a convincing application:
1. Get information
When a company conducts an assessment center, there is usually information about it on the Internet. Your network can also provide valuable tips here. When you apply, ask for support from people close to you.
With this information you can now prepare yourself much better for the assessment center.
Of course, not all elements of an assessment center stay the same for you as an applicant, so I wouldn’t just rely on the experiences from the past few years. But it helps if you approach the preparation of the application with the knowledge you have gained.
You can of course prepare very well for a self-presentation. To do this, think about which elements from your résumé or your career may be particularly important for this company and the future position. Because in a presentation you can always leave out individual points and emphasize others.
3. Structure of the self-presentation
As you prepare to set up your self-presentation, you should think about how you want to proceed. For example, you can start with the most recent station in your career and then go back to your school days and then work your way through your various stations such as studies and / or training from there. Or you can start right away with your last school days.
If you already have work experience, you can set the start time differently, for example go back to the last job that technically matches the current one. Or you can summarize your jobs up to about ten years before the current point in time and then go into these last few years more.
It is of course particularly elegant if you manage to frame your résumé or tell a story.
A participant in a seminar said of himself: “I was a boy from the coast, born in Husum on the German North Sea coast. Wind is my profession. For my studies, I first went to the university in Essen to study mechanical engineering. In Hanover, I am currently completing my master’s degree in energy technology, specializing in wind energy. For my work I went to an offshore wind turbine manufacturer in England […] “
The theme of “wind” was more or less a part of his entire presentation and is still remembered today.
Everyone can decide for themselves if there is such a story to tell. It’s not easy, and of course it has to suit you.
4. Prepare for special tasks
In an assessment center it can happen from time to time that your self-presentation is linked to a challenge. For example, that you choose a picture or an object and use it to present yourself. Or you get a task that is knocked over at the last moment.
One cannot prepare fully for this. But it helps to realize that something like this can be part of it. And of course it helps a lot if you have already gained experience.
5. To practice! To practice! Practice!
Prepare well for your application. Take every opportunity to present. Try deviating from your scheme. Exchange ideas with others and let them give you unusual tasks. Try yourself! Because nothing can go wrong while practicing – and you are all the better prepared when your application gets serious.
Further presentation options:
In addition to the self-presentation, other presentations can of course also be requested. A given topic is presented with supporting media. The possibilities range from self-presentations to specialist presentations to direct presentations on a current topic.
Your task: Present yourself and your concerns convincingly and confidently. Example: Presentation of the business model (developed in the group), an innovative production method, concept for a workshop. For quick presentations: climate protection, driving bans in city centers. What does your potential employer expect? It is expected that your presentation has a common thread and is convincing.
Tip: Divide into introduction, main part and conclusion. Let “pictures” speak, so describe facts. Use media you are familiar with. Pay attention to your demeanor: gestures, facial expressions, voice. Maintain eye contact. Prepare to answer questions.