This is an important exercise, which many people feel they can’t prepare for; wrong. At least thinking about the following points and having them in your mind on the day can potentially make a huge difference.
The Group Exercise consists of six people, each representing different Government departments, where you will be tasked to gain a solution to an incident, or recommend a project, but the solution must favour your department.
Two main aspects are being tested in this exercise: your ability to deliver a result in an adverse environment, but you are also being tested on how you attain that result in a non-threatening and personable manner.
In a group of able and confident people all trying to move the discussion in their favour, things can become heated. It is vital you do not fail the exercise because of negative indicators – I have heard this referred to as the “don’t be a dick exercise”. Many people fail it because of negative indicators, which include pen-pointing, finishing other people’s answers when they do not agree, shouting, cutting people off and the list goes on.
Sometimes, even if you do not get the desired result for your department, you can score well if you operate well against the competences. In the coaching we cover the preparation and tactics to do this well.