“Just remember that every member of AIESEC has been where you are.”
That was how Local Committee President, Dominic Sunga, opened the start of our Assessment Center. As we hear this, we were sitting around in groups consisting of seven or eight people who applied for the same portfolio, led by one or two AIESEC members. There were close to eighty people in the room. Dressed in our formal business attire, we really had no idea what the next two hours had in store for us.
The Assessment Center is an event where everyone who applied to become a member of AIESEC attends. There, applicants participate in a group interview, learn more about the positions they applied for, and finally a one-on-one interview with their portfolio to ensure that they are the right match for the job!
When I was first informed that the group interview was going to be two hours long, I was a little nervous. Are we expected to talk in a group for two whole hours? What am I going to say?
The actual group interview session was nothing like I expected.
The session was scheduled like an interactive workshop, where we collaborated with our group members through games while learning more about AIESEC. There was a game where we had to work together to draw an area of the world, such as the Middle East, North America, or Eastern Europe, without the aid of any references. Afterwards, we had to present our map to the entire group. Some of the maps the groups came up with were very creative, others were downright hilarious (in a good way)! There was a game where we were expected to ‘pitch’ an item to our audience by following queues projected on a powerpoint. And there was a LOT of dancing. I think one of the things that most attracted me to AIESEC as an organization is everyone’s ability to spontaneously burst into dance.
Part of the session also allowed us to learn more about the different portfolios and see if it was a good fit for our own skills and interests. We rotated around to each portfolio and had the chance to ask questions before deciding if we wanted to apply to a different position.
The group interview was as much a learning experience as it was an assessment session. It was fun and interactive, and made me feel very comfortable and excited to become a part of AIESEC in the coming year.
After the group interviews, we had our own individual 15 minute session interviews, where we were asked portfolio specific questions relating to our experiences and skills.
My advice for future AIESEC applicants would be to do research before your interview session! There is so much to know about AIESEC, and the more you know, the more you will be able to demonstrate your passion in becoming part of the team. The UBC AIESEC website (http://aiesec.ca/ubc/), our blog, and the AIESEC international website (https://www.aiesec.org/) are all great sources to get you started. But most importantly, come prepared to have fun! Really, that’s what AIESEC is all about.