A group exercise usually forms part of an overall assessment process, which may be utilised after you have successfully completed your online assessments. The group exercise may be used in combination with an interview or other face to face assessment activities – though this is commonly taking place more remotely at present. A group exercise typically involves a small group of individuals working together to reach a common goal, discussion point, or to complete an activity; this is an assessed exercise where you will be marked against core competency areas that are specific for your role or organisation. The type of activity you will complete can vary in style, detail, size, and presentation, so don’t assume if you have previously completed a group exercise, that the activity and set-up will be the same. However, you may find there are some similarities in areas.
A group exercise will typically be utilised to assess how you perform in a group setting and when working with other people, as well as the overall group dynamics and the outcome involved in the exercise. The competencies you will be assessed against will likely be similar to those assessed at interview and in line with the core ICAO pilot competencies. Group exercises are therefore utilised to assess your performance against these core competencies, as well as any additional areas the organisation are keen to understand to a higher level, but in a group situation. This provides the organisation with an insight into your behaviours and performance in a real life setting within the role itself and can be used to gain further understanding of your areas of strengths and areas for development.
It’s important to remember that a group exercise will typically form part of a wider assessment process, so don’t worry if this is something that will be new to you – as with all assessment phases, practice and preparation can support you here in ensuring you perform to the best of your ability. Though you will likely find out the activity itself only on the day of the assessment, there are still some areas you can focus on ahead of time to support you during the activity.
Increasingly, more organisations are looking to remote assessments as part of the selection process, as they can be more easily organised and conducted in the current climate and offer more flexibility for assessments where you may have previously had to travel. While the same principles of preparation should apply wherever your group exercise is conducted, there may be a few additional things to consider in this scenario; ensuring you have a professional, quiet environment in which to conduct the group exercise is key so you can carry out the process free from distractions. Make sure you test your technology in advance to ensure all equipment is working and you have a stable internet connection, as well as familiarising yourself with any video conferencing software you may be required to use. If you anticipate any potential technical issues due to the location you are in, it may be a good idea to inform the assessors of this ahead of this occurring.
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