Assessment Centre and Newbie Day are happening this weekend, and we’ve compiled a few tips for applicants to keep in mind!

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Assessment Centre is where AIESEC UBC introduces its culture to Exchange Participant applicants. You are encouraged to demonstrate your strengths because members will  be assessing each of you to make sure you are qualified to be an adequate representative for AIESEC Canada and that you have the mindset to have a positive experience when you go on an exchange abroad.

  • You will be asked to participate in group activities with fellow applicants. Even though we encourage you to have fun, keep in mind you are being assessed at every step of the process. Make yourself visible, in a good way.

  • Towards the end, each participant will be interviewed by a member of AIESEC. These interviews play a significant role in determining whether you are ready to take the first steps en-route to an exchange.
  • During the interview, please be respectful to your interviewers. We want to create a friendly atmosphere for all applicants, but this is still a formal interview. Refrain from using informal language.
  • Deliver your objectives in a clear manner, and try not to sound inflexible. We hope you have clear goals, but you are also expected to make compromises when things don’t progress according to plans. When you hear a question you don’t really understand, ask your interviewer to clarify. Don’t assume; it’s counterproductive.

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Newbie Day is similar to Assessment Centre in that membership applicants are also assessed through group activities and their individual interview. It also gives applicants the opportunity to learn more about AIESEC UBC’s portfolios, and the option to switch their job choices. Most of the advice above can therefore be applicable to Newbie Day as well: make yourself visible and maintain a degree of professionalism at your interview. A couple more things to keep in mind are:

  • Make sure that you are able to attest to any skills or abilities you included on your application. If you are applying for a skill or knowledge-based job (eg. accounting in Finance), you may be tested on that in your interview.
  • Step outside your comfort zone. You may be asked to do things that make you feel awkward (such as dancing!), but we will be looking for active participation from everyone!
  • Again, you are being assessed throughout these activities—make sure your actions will leave a good impression.

Assessment Centre will be taking place on Saturday, January 26 from 1-5pm, and Newbie Day will be taking place on Sunday, January 27 from 1-4pm.

By Saul Wang (Outgoing Exchange)