Today Vil was invited for an assessment center. Four hours of discussion, role play and self presenting with an manager interview in the end.
It started with twelve people in a room waiting for the day to begin. The recruiter from yesterday enters the room and starts with the introduction.
“Hi guys and welcome to today’s assessment center. My name is Eric (let’s name him Eric) and I will guide you through the day. At first I want to know you a little bit better. Can you please introduce yourself to the others in a few words. Let’s start with you.” He points at the girl on the other side of the room.
“Yeah, my name is Melissa and I am 25 years old. i worked …..” She continues to introduce herself. Everyone in the room is way younger than Vil. They are all between 20 and 30. Just left school and on their first job abroad. They come from all over the world.
“Thank you and last but not least, Vil.” He smiles at Vil.
“Well, my name is Vil and I am 52 years old,…..” Vil introduces himself and tells a little about living in Spain and France and how important his dog (ME!) is for him.
Eric introduces himself and explains the plan for the day. The next two hours are filled up with role play and discussions. They need to show that they are able to work in a team, how they approach a problem and their way of communication.
It’s not the first assessment center Vil attends and he know what they are looking for, but that is no problem for him, because he is highly trained and his skills fit the profile they are looking for.
In the end there was a face to face interview with the manager and they want to figure out if Vil is able to fit in a team where the average age is not even half of Vil. “Well, I understand your concerns and I am aware of the issues my age might cause, but I don’t see any issues with it.” He makes a break. “I need a job. I am willing to work myself up to ladder, shut up or better, support my team lead with my experience.”