On the other side of the table

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Soon ready for a full day of assessments. But first, let me take a selfie..

1340 applications, 45 candidates invited for the first round of interviews, 15 finalists gathered at the assessment centre, and only five lucky candidates will receive an offer to become a Statkraft trainee.

I could definitely sense the excitement and sweaty palms in the room
I could definitely sense the excitement and sweaty palms in the room

As a trainee in Corporate HR, I was involved in the final planning of this year’s trainee assessment centre, as well as having responsibilities for conducting it. It was very exciting to be “on the other side of the table”, not only because I had a very interesting and personally rewarding day during last year’s assessment centre (when I was among those in the spotlight). But also due to my education in organisational psychology. In fact, understanding the elements behind an assessment centre is one of my formal qualifications. It was great to see theory come to practice.

plenty of good reads
There were plenty of reads available to the candidates, in a variety of languages.

The objective of an assessment centre is to  conduct a valid and objective evaluation of candidates,  predictive of future performance, to choose the right candidate for the position. To avoid a spoiler for next year’s applicants, I’ll not delve too much in detail on exactly what’s measured and not…  But anyway, the Statkraft assessment centre is in my opinion a very good one in terms of finding the candidates with the best suitability to each trainee position and the trainee group. It is also designed to present the company with the desired atmosphere, and ensure that both candidates and the company representatives get a proper foundation for the very important employment decision they are about to make.

One of my responsibilities was to moderate two of the components the candidates were assessed on
One of my responsibilities was to moderate two of the tasks the candidates were assessed on

My responsibility was to make sure that all candidates got a warm welcome and provide all the information they needed to perform their best during the assessments. Moreover, I encouraged them to have interesting discussions with the other candidates (including their competitors…), and to get a chance to get to know their potential leaders and some of us trainees who already work here. I also had the role of facilitating two of the tasks the candidates had to go through. Since it is only one year since I was in the spotlight myself, I could definitely sense the excitement and sweaty palms in the room.
The icing of the assessment cake was to be part of the evaluation room when all assessors collected their ratings, notes and evaluations of each candidate, and discussed which candidates were to receive an offer. In the end of the day, I could however wish that all the finalists could have received an offer of employment.

From early morning to late at night, I was thankful for an exciting day of assessments!
From early morning to late at night, I was thankful for an exciting day of assessments!

1340 to 45 to 15 to 5…. You might think it is impossible, but someone has to get the positions, so my best suggestion for future candidates is to not hesitate to apply. If you were not among the lucky five this time? Next time, it might be your turn to tango!

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