This has changed significantly this year from previous years. Out of the 10 competences they test SEVEN in this exercise compared to an average of four in the others.
This exercise is all about how to lead your team: setting out the culture and how you will operate as a man-manager; delegate to strengthen your team where they are inefficient; play to their strengths to get the best results; address conflict and tension; make people feel more appreciated; and support those looking for promotion.
You need to set out this leadership approach and give out these tasks to sort out a project/solve a problem with a project or come up with a new initiative. You will be given a specific task that needs managing and they want the detail of how to do it as if they are saying, “go ahead, do it now”. So think of it like that, and get down what you would do – what tasks to perform, who to email, who to consult, how long will it all take, what are the risks, and how can you mitigate them.
This is something you have to orally brief on (and cover all the above) in 5 minutes. After this you are given 20 more minutes of questioning by the assessor and this is where you can invite them to ask about your briefing in more detail – and they will.
This is fine as you have 25 minutes to prepare your briefing beforehand and this is where you will come up with your solution, structure and briefing while allowing the 20-minute-part to deliver your detail.