Author: David Cohen
Publisher: Sheldon Press
David Cohen’s book represents a lifeline to those of us who shudder at the idea of an assessment centre. Written in an open and accessible style, it guides the reader through the various tests that exist, and gives insight into how they might best be tackled.
With a background as a professional psychologist, Cohen is able to give candid suggestions on how best to present yourself, and provides opportunities to sample many of the test types most commonly used.
It is structured as more of a complete read than something that can be referenced in a hurry, so if you thought it could be bought as a panic purchase the day before an interview, it is less advantageous than its title might suggest. As part of your careful preparation process, however, it is essential. Those looking for that first graduate job or facing an employment search after many years will find something to their advantage within its pages.
Common sense features heavily, but for those who want to take things further, there is also guidance on how to tackle practice activities. The tests seem to be right up to date and reading this book through doesn’t take up too much of your time. With assessment centres becoming commonplace, this book is certainly well worth a look.
Useful? Five out of five stars
Well-written? Three out of five stars
Practical? Four out of five stars
Inspirational? Four out of five stars
Value for money? Four out of five stars
Overall? Four out of five stars
Reviewed by Julian Burch, director of learning design, Ten Elephants