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Preparing for the assessment centre

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With the application deadline having just passed and the first of our offers being made, the Frontline recruitment team have put together some key advice for candidates preparing for our assessment centre. We’re looking for individuals who are passionate about supporting children in need across our four regional locations. Places for the programme are in high demand and we want to give you the best possible chance to succeed.

1.    Motivation – Be clear on your motivation for applying and why you want to become a social worker through the Frontline programme. We need to see your motivation and passion come through. 

2.    Relax and be yourself – Successful candidates show their authenticity and are genuine in the different activities. We try and create a friendly atmosphere on the day, so try and make the most of the opportunity and don’t put yourself under too much pressure.

3.    Use it as a learning experience – The assessment centre provides a chance to find out more about what the job entails. Our assessment centre includes activities you would participate in as a social worker so it’s a real chance for you to find out more about the programme and your future career. 

4.    Our competencies – For each of these activities you will be assessed according to our competencies. Prior to attending on the day, you may want to go through each activity and anticipate which competencies we are most likely to asses in each activity and what you can do to demonstrate these. For example, you might like to consider what good communication looks like during the group exercise. 

5.    Young people and care – Although an in depth knowledge of social work and the associated legislation is not assessed at the assessment centre, it is useful to have some awareness of the different experiences young people in care may go through. Our blogs may give you some insight into what the role of a social worker actually involves and some wider context about the sector. 

6.    The role of a social worker – Think carefully about the daily job of a social worker and the different kinds of people you might meet. Forming quick relationships with different people is critical to your success. Prepare yourself so you’re ready to draw on your range of communication skills. 

7.    Rest – Make sure you have a good night’s sleep the night before, leave plenty of time on the day and have a look at google maps in advance so that you can find Caledonian Road and locate our assessment centre. 

Remember you’re not competing against other candidates at the assessment centre. Take comfort in the knowledge that if you demonstrate the behaviours and competencies in the activities throughout the day, you will be successful. 

Thanks for reading and good luck. 

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