Are you dreading your group exercise?

Group exercises are collaborative business simulations that give employers a clear insight into your professional behaviour and inter-personal skills. They can be unpredictable, intimidating and uncomfortable experiences. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you.

Relax, it’s time to stop worrying.

Our Group Exercise Masterclass will transform your chances of success and leave you feeling relaxed, natural and confident.

Built around the ACHQ Elite Group-Exercise Framework™ this  Masterclass includes:

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  • 45-minute coaching video which walks you through your copy of the ACHQ Elite Group-Exercise Framework™ a step-by-step checklist for group exercise success.
  • 5 detailed high-quality group exercises ideal for practice & preparation to familiarise yourself with the challenge ahead.
  • Candidate’s answer sheets revealing how a top-level candidate would handle each scenario.
  • Recruiter’s guidance sheets primarily for employers and facilitators, but also very insightful for candidates.
  • ‘Analysis & Actions’ documents essential tools for candidates to identify knowledge and capability gaps.
  • Observation & Feedback documents for recruiters to capture key insights, strengths and developments areas.
  • ‘Group Exercise success’ podcast episode learn while you’re on the move.
  • You can learn more about each element of the masterclass below.

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mkppicAbout the author

Mike Kennedy is a careers and recruitment guru with 17 years’ experience working and recruiting for some of the biggest corporate employers in the UK, including BSkyB, UniLever, the BBC and News International.

Mike provides employability workshops for leading UK universities, writes for Guardian Careers and runs AssessmentCentreHQ.com, a free job-hunting and careers resource for graduates and young professionals.

You can find Mike on twitter here.

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Coaching video & ACHQ Elite Group Exercise Framework ™

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In this video you will be taken through the formula for perfect group exercise performance: The ACHQ Elite Group Exercise Framework™ which has helped hundreds of job-hunters secure their dream role. (There is also a printable version of the framework included.)

It’s a proven step-by-step process which is easy to follow and highly effective. It will ensure you hit all the key moments that every successful group exercise must include.

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5 high-quality detailed group exercises

Super-clear, high quality scenarios – For example in investment-banking-roleplaythis scenario you’re asked to review the financial performance and strategic direction of a large client’s business before interpreting that data and making recommendations to senior management about what is means for your company. This is a commercially focused and analytical group exercise which is ideally-suited to a role where you’re tasked with driving strategic growth and have P&L responsibility. (For example: financial services, sales and buying roles.) There is also a strong managerial & leadership element to this group exercise; it is well-suited to a broad spectrum of commercial roles.

Page by page outline: Intro page; Candidate’s brief; Supporting information for the scenario includes financial performance (half-year results) fictional emails and a press release; Candidate’s answers sheet (a detailed outline of how best to approach the task); Recruiter’s notes (a guidance document which substantiates the scenario and highlights key competencies and skills you should look for); ‘Analysis & Action Points’ sheet (to be completed by the candidate); ‘Observation & Feedback’ sheet (to be completed by the recruiter.)

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Candidate’s Answer Sheets

roleplay-answersThese ‘cheat-sheets’ will give you an insight into how a high-level candidate would approach each exercise. This will boost your group exercise ability and save you valuable planning time. (It’s best to practice in your own style first, then run through it again having reviewed the answer sheet.)

Recruiter’s Guidance & Notes

This documentation is primarily for employers and recruitment facilitators, but we’ve learnt that candidates love the insight they provide, so we now include them as standard. This part of the Masterclass will tell you what employers are looking for and give you a checklist of things to include – giving you a head start over other candidates.

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Analysis & Action templates for each exercise

roleplay-briefWhat worked well? What didn’t? These guided templates help you to identify and prioritise your knowledge & capability gaps (and consider what you can do to plug those gaps). Identifying and repairing these chinks in your armour will make you a stronger candidate before your group exercise.

Observation & Feedback guides

Preparing for a group exercise is demanding and while providing feedback for a candidate is not a recruiter’s obligation, it is the right thing to do. These documents allow quick and efficient note-taking to be turned into actionable feedback and development areas for candidates. They make life easier for recruiters and provide candidates with a prioritised framework for self-improvement.

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“Group Exercise Success” Podcast episode

This 15-minute audio guide is a great primer for the basic structure of group exercise success. Listen on-the-go, in the car, on the tube etc. 

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30-day money-back guarantee

We’re so absolutely sure that you’ll love your Group Exercise Masterclass that we’re happy to offer an unconditional, no-questions asked 30-day money back guarantee.

If for whatever reason your Group Exercise Masterclass does not satisfy you in any way, simply send us an email here within 30 days from your purchase and we’ll refund you right away.

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Questions?

If you have any questions that haven’t been answered here please get in touch and a member of the team will be happy to help. Thanks and good luck for the future!

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