There are two written exercises within the day. One is quite short
and only lasts 30 minutes, in which you have to judge a situation
and make comments upon it. The next is about one and a half hours
and involves a lot of reading material which have peoples' views
and statistics concerning a set of proposals. You have to weigh
up the proposals and make a decision based on the information
and stated goals which will be the right project. There is no
right answer, its how you make the case that counts.
There is an
interview section. This is painfully structured. It is the usual
when have you worked under pressure, give me an example of this,
how did you cope with that, how have you motivated. The usual
stuff but with a lot less room to make it feel natural and chatty.
Then again it could have just been the person that was interviewing
was a briefing exercise. This starts with you getting a list of
three options of fictional solutions to a problem (mine involved
new transport schemes). You are given very little information
concerning the schemes and a list of criteria that the schemes
should fill. You have to pick one of the schemes and prepare a
5-10 minute presentation for 25 minutes beforehand. In the briefing
you give the presentation and then you will be asked questions
regarding the merits of the scheme and how you would solve problems
that might arise. This is a thinking on your feet exercise.
In the day
you also sometimes fill in self assessment sheets to say how you
thought you did. Be honest on these as they don't appreciate disillusionment
- if you were crap then say so.