March 12, 2005

Lloyds TS'G' Assessment Centre

Well this was fun :-s

In case you don't already know I am currently undergoing the process of corporate whoring myself to big companies in order to get a job for next year. Most applications have been going quite badly much to my disappointment and bewilderment of the careers service when i showed them the applications (or maybe they are just being nice!) However the one application that took me through to the assessment day was Lloyds TSB, a job in operations (which means the department that sorts stuff out, and getting stuff done quicker and cheaper.) The assessment day lasted 24 hours with informal presentations, drinks and a three-course dinner taking up the first day. This was quite relaxing and much to my surprise the people were very normal, not overly public school (sorry to offend anyone but those kind of people really wind me up) and in fact I quite enjoyed sharing their experiences over free food. It did however become quite apparent that although I usually hold my work experience in high regard their were some very experienced people here and that the competition was going to be very intense.

The next day consisted of 5 exercises including group stuff, role play, interview, presentation and a numerical test. They also included another question and answer session. My presentation was awful as we only had 50 minutes to prepare a presentation lasting 15. I found the time a real constraint and run out of stuff to say after about 8 :-( not a good start at all. Never mind. The interview went really well and the group exercises good as well. My role play exercise (where i had to calm down a disgruntled customer) went quite badly, as Iíve never had to deal with such a nice upset person before. All in all i felt i gave it my best shoot and came across as me.

Unfortunately i didn't get the job. When i get my feedback Iíll tell you all why. Never mind could have doe with £30,000 a year and a nice little job in London. Oh well moving on, more applications here we come.

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