E-Tray Exercises

E-Tray exercises are electronic versions of in-trays. Both use simulations and scenarios that you are required to interpret and process before making decisions on a number of tasks.

E-Tray – Real Simulated Exercise

Introducing e-tray exercises

E-tray exercises are similar to in-tray exercises that have been used by employers for years. In the good old days of the analog age, during assessment centers candidates were tested in in-tray exercises, in which you were asked to play a member of staff, who unfortunately was significantly behind with his/her desk work. Once we have left the analog age and entered into a more exciting digital times, the in-tray exercises were replaced by e-tray.

The simulation was now moved into the online environment. However, you still might be presented with a selection of letters, e-mails or newspapers abstracts and reports that you would be normally coping with on a busy day at work. So the workload and intensity of this exercise haven’t really changed. But the test will be conducted in a neat, and surely more familiar, digital format. This makes things a little bit easier for you, as it can, and in fact, should be practiced.

E-tray tests will vary, depending on the career path you have chosen to follow. However, the elemental structure is pretty much similar for all of them, since e-tray exercises are designed to verify certain competencies.

The sought-after qualifications will be named and defined differently regardless of your targeted job position, so we suggest always researching the actual skills an employer is looking for. Here are some examples.

Planning & organising
The scale of any business can probably be measured in the amounts of emails the company is sending and receiving. If you are on your way to the top, planning on joining the fast-growing, and super competitive enterprise, you would probably need to know how to dig a tunnel in that avalanche of information that you’d be subjected to 5 days a week. Time management and organizational skills are essential, and this is exactly what the e-tray is aiming to test.

Decision making & prioritisation
Some decisions have to be taken on the spot, others can wait. You need to know how to prioritize your tasks to get the thing done. But the e-tray also checks if you know how to hunt for the necessary information. Like in real life, you will be provided with more data than you can or need proceed – so expect distractions. The other thing is to execute whatever is needed to be done in time, without creating unrealistic schedules.

Communication
Receiving information is one thing, but being able to come up with the adequate response to it is another. E-tray is verifying not only if you can process the information being shared with you but also if you can react and communicate it in a timely, polite and a clear manner.

Creative & analytical thinking
Since the e-tray exercise is purely situational, candidates are not required to have any specific knowledge. However, the tests are aimed at assessing your intellectual and analytical skills. You will have to demonstrate that you can a) draw conclusions b) be a part of a dynamic conversation c) identify problems and come up with possible solutions.

Customer Focus
In some of the e-tray scenarios, you might have to deal directly with hypothetical customer feedback. Here, the employer is clearly verifying if you have done your homework to find out who their clients are. So make sure the imaginary customers on your e-tray exercise receive as timely and efficient service as they would in the real life, and try not to forget the importance of establishing a mutual respect.

The exercise is usually integrated with other selection procedures. It might pop up during online application or the actual assessment center day.

In order to meet the requirements, you need to make sure you fully understand the information that is presented to you. So read slowly and carefully, and try to recreate the structure of the company in your head. After all, for the duration of the sitting, they are your colleagues.

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