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Typically, a recruitment processes will include a group activity where students are assessed on how you solve a problem or work with your peers. But how can you prepare and whats involved?
Jocelyn, an Analyst with Risk Services, shares some tips on how to ace the group assessment stage. She also offers an insight into Risk Services, some of her more interesting clients, and what its like working in the Canberra office.
How did you prepare for your Group Assessment?I did some reading on about Deloitte from the website, and
also did a bit of research into my service line. It was good to
just have a think about why I wanted to work for Deloitte, so
it was all clear in my head on the day and came across in the
What are your top 3 tips to assist with the Group Assessment?1. Be yourself whatever happens, try and stay calm and
relaxed. Youve made it this far by being you, and thats
who your assessors want to see.
2. Be prepared to compromise often the group assess-
ment will involve the group needing to reach a decision
together; demonstrate your teamwork and negotiation
skills as well as decision-making.
3. Be friendly the other candidates in your group assess-
ment are your allies, not your competition. Make friends
and the day will be much more enjoyable, youll look
great chatting and working together, and you might end
up working with them anyway!
Why did you choose Risk Services?I was attracted to risk because of the opportunities to develop
and use analytical skills, and I have not been disappointed.
Risk is all about helping our clients to think about how they
can improve key processes within their organisations to guard
against potential risks identified. A risk-based approach can
be applied to so many different business areas, Ive worked on
everything from payroll to biosecurity and certainly learnt a
lot. In risk I feel like we are really adding value to our clients,
and that makes it enjoyable.
Whats one of the most interesting projects that you have been involved in?The project Im working on at the moment is really interesting.
Were doing a risk-based evaluation of our clients manage-
ment of Criminal History Information, and investigating how to
manage all the risks associated with personnel accessing and
retaining this information. Weve travelled all over Australia
visiting agencies that access these databases to see the pro-
cesses they have in place. I never thought I would know this
much about information and privacy!
What do you like most about working in the Canberra Office?The Canberra Office is much smaller than Sydney or Melbourne,
but thats what makes it great. There are so many opportuni-
ties to step up and take initiative in your role because there
is always so much work available. It also means you can get
great exposure to different types of work so you can decide
where you want to develop skills. In Canberra we also have
nice small teams. I currently work directly to one of our Risk
partners, which is an opportunity an analyst might not be so
lucky to get in a bigger office.
Get to know Jocelyn a bit better
What is on your must-do list?Decide on my next qualification, tossing up between CA and
CIA (certified internal auditor)
Attend all the sessions of my current bootcamp
Find the perfect pair of ankle boots
Who do you admire and why?Penny Wong (Senator) Shes always so cool, calm and collect-
ed. But also tirelessly campaigning for what she be