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Mercer was founded in 1945 and is now the largest Human Resources consulting company in the world. It employs 25,000 employees and provides services in over 130 countries. Jobs at Mercer are highly sought after, and its competitive recruitment process consists of several stages, including aptitude tests and interviews.
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The assessment centre stage of the interview process is a full day of activities and tests designed to evaluate your soft skills as well as your aptitude and knowledge. This is a pressured situation, where you are expected to perform at your best while being watched by Mercer assessors and compared against your peers.
Preparation is the key to remaining calm and confident to show your true potential. Remember that you will be watched throughout the whole day, including during breaks, so be mindful of how you present yourself at all times.
You will be presented with data and information related to the field of work to which you are applying. You are then required to read through and analyse this information before answering a set of questions related to it.
For example, if you are applying for a position focusing on the health of a workforce, you may be presented with reports on sickness and absence levels, the reasons for sickness, the company sickness policies and outcomes of interventions. You may then be asked questions that assess your ability to understand and interpret the data, and use it to make predictions or suggestions.
The group exercise often follows on from the case study. You may be asked to join up with other candidates to discuss your answers and solutions from the case study, to decide what you would advise as a group.
This is a key test of your ability to work as a team, communicate effectively, influence your peers and speak up confidently. The assessors want to see you articulate your ideas while also listening to your peers and being respectful of others’ opinions.
You will be asked to complete a series of written tasks to assess your written communication skills, time management, and ability to understand and action instructions.
You must be able to show exemplary grammar, punctuation and spelling, with one of the tests assessing this directly by asking you to identify and correct any errors within a text. Another test presents an email that you must respond to appropriately, explaining how you formulated your reply.
The written task often leads onto the presentation element of the assessment day. You will receive a bulk of written information to use a source for creating your presentation. The information will be related to your chosen field and could be in the form of reports, analyses, recommendations, policies or guidelines.
You will use the work you did in the written task to deliver a short presentation of your findings and recommendations. The presentation will be in front of Mercer HR managers who are assessing your confidence and ability to articulate your ideas.
They will follow up your presentation with intense questioning to test how you perform under pressure. Stay calm and explain your reasoning, but graciously accept any mistakes or misjudgements you might have made.
Verbal reasoning test
Verbal reasoning tests are designed to assess your skills in understanding and interpreting a passage of text to form conclusions. You must be able to understand the vocabulary used and critically analyse the information to extract the details you need to answer the questions.
You cannot revise for a verbal reasoning test, but you can try practice verbal questions beforehand to familiarise yourself with the format and time allowance of the test.
If you are one of the successful candidates who make it through to the final stage, you will face an interview from one or two members of the senior Mercer team.
You will receive feedback and results from your assessment day tasks – your interviewers may want to discuss these with you and hear your evaluation of your performance on the day. This will lead to further questioning as your interviewees try to build up a clear picture of whether you are a good fit for Mercer.
You may be asked competency-based questions around your field of expertise and must again demonstrate a good knowledge of current Mercer news and developments within the industry.
You are advised to take extra copies of your CV with you, and to follow up after your interview by contacting each interviewer to thank them and express your enthusiasm for the role.
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Reviews of our Mercer tests
What our customers say about our Mercer tests
September 17, 2021
Critical thinking and mathematics calculation
The questions were a bit difficult to understand, especially since I'm in a different country so some terms were tricky.
September 10, 2021
Practice on currency conversion required
The graphs are quite difficult to read (presumably on purpose) and having to drag mouse over data points does waste time
July 03, 2021
Data interpretation is stuff without calculator. Needed a spreadsheet or similar tool for handling such questions.
James Buba Chagwa
April 08, 2021
I need to know how to calculate average rate and percentage rate
I like everything about the test but the time is limited.
April 01, 2021
test is of really good level mainly includes data interpretation skills
March 18, 2021
I like how challenging the questions are but I almost completed half of it.
March 05, 2021
Quite tough for those candidates who are not great at analytical skills.
February 26, 2021
I was not sure why I was asked such confusing questions
I know now that I need to prepare myself.
United States of America
February 23, 2021
That I must have a mental disability
I disliked how stupid I am and how hard the test is, not that I even got half way through. I liked that I didn't demonstrate my incredible stupidity during my actual interview test. I'll be sure to find a psychologist after this to find out what's wrong with me.