Aldi looks for leaders who have a minimum of a 2.1 at degree level, have done voluntary work, led a sports team at university and pursued something that has proved they have individual potential. It is likely that they can already see that you have these skills if they have asked you to the assessment centre though. However, being able to show that you have potential both as an individual and while working as a group, could be very useful during your time at the assessment centre.
There will be about a dozen candidates at the assessment centre at any one time. There will be presentation, group exercise, interview and aptitude testing stages during the course of the visit there. The presentation will be on something of the candidate’s interest and they will have just three minutes to prepare for a two minutes presentation. This means that it could be on anything and it is therefore important to think beforehand about what you might say. You do not want it to sound too staged but if you have a topic, that could help speed up the process. Make a quick mind map in preparation, when you have the three minutes to do this. Use this to guide your presentation and try to stay calm and explain things well without labouring the points. Smile and try to enjoy it.
The group exercise will involve discussing a certain topic that needs to be resolved. It could be something like surviving a plane crash and deciding what items to take from the plane and rank them in order of importance. The correct answer is not important but the ability to show leadership skills such as taking notes, summarising things or leading the discussion.
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The aptitude tests will include a personality test and there will be interviews afterwards. Candidates are likely to be asked what they know about the company and why they chose to work there. Having some good questions to ask as well as providing satisfactory answers will really go in your favour. Therefore it is very important to prepare, not only to find out about the company but also to think about what sorts of questions it would be best to ask.