If you are thinking of applying for the Marks and Spencer graduate scheme, then it is a good idea to be prepared for the interview process, should you get that far.
You will have to take part in a group exercise and do a presentation. You will have a role play exercise and then an interview at the end. You will have breakfast and lunch provided and have a tour of the building.
The group discussion lasts around an hour. You will then get an hour to write an individual report which you will have to present for ten minutes to one assessor. You will have a role play in front of two assessors which lasts around half an hour. The interview is last and takes around 45 minutes.
An example of a role play is to do an appraisal with a horrendous employee. Afterwards you get asked how well you felt it went and how you would do it differently if you had to repeat it.
All of the information that you need will be provided on the day, which means that it is not easy to prepare. However, you will need to prepare for the interview part. Make sure that you are aware of exactly what is required and have some examples prepared as to when you have demonstrated the skills.
It is a long day as it can take eight hours. You will therefore need to be well rested and well prepared. You will have to eat in front of other candidates and assessors as well, which could be difficult for some people, so be prepared for that.
What you are required to do, may vary between assessment centres as well as specific assessors and so even if you research what other people have experienced, it may not reflect what will happen at yours.