You're all organised for Assessment Day, you’ve got all your documents in order, picked a new outfit and have everything ready to go. However you’re still left wondering ‘is there anything else I should bring’? Here is a list of things you can bring to your Assessment Day that won’t be on the list. However these things will make your day run a little smoother.
So you’re about to embark on the next exciting step in your application process-Assessment Day.
Naturally you’re excited, nervous and possibly a bit terrified. You want to be organised, you’ve got all your documents in order, picked a new outfit and have everything ready to go. However you’re still left wondering ‘is there anything else I should bring’?
Here is a list of things you can bring to your Assessment Day that won’t be on the list. However these things will make your day run a little smoother.
On this day you’ll go through your medical examination, your psychological testing and your defence interview. You should expect to be there from as early as 7am and possibly not leave until 5pm. Some people get through the day within a few hours and others take longer. There is no way of knowing how long your day will take so it’s best to be prepared for anything.
You will have your required documents and items that you need to bring as per the instructions from Recruiting. However this list is made up of suggested items from other applicants.
1. PHONE & PHONE CHARGER
Whilst it’s a widely known fact that you want to stay off your phone during your wait times, it’s still necessary to bring it along. You may end up needing your charger and you’ll regret not bringing it if you do need it. Make sure you do take the time to interact with other candidates on the day and avoid getting lost in an Instagram scroll!
Dependant on how your day goes, you will be given time to get some lunch. However, it's natural that you’ll get hungry so have some easy snacks in your bag to keep your energy levels up.
In the lead up to your Assessment Day you would have been studying. Bring those notes along with you to go over whilst you’re waiting.
4. WATER BOTTLE
There will always be coffee, tea and water available in the waiting room, however sometimes it’s easier to have your own water bottle with you to take into the interviews and medical examination.
There will likely be plenty of pens available for you to use. However on the off chance there isn’t, having your own one can show that you’re organised and have the initiative to think ahead.
6. DOCUMENTS, LETTER OF CONFIRMATION & NOTE PAD
It goes without saying that you’ll need to bring along all your required documents. It won’t hurt to have them all in a folder so they are displayed nicely. Ensure you bring along your letter that confirms your assessment day details and a spare notepad and pen. You might have questions you think of that you want to write down during the day.
7. BOBBY PINS/HAIR TIES/HAIRBRUSH
You’ll be required to change in and out of your outfit during the medical. This may mess up your hair. Packing a few extra bobby pins will help you stay well presented.
Have one before each part of the assessment day so you can stay minty fresh. Avoid chewing gum as this can come across as tacky.
You may find yourself in the waiting room for a long time. Whilst it’s very much encouraged that you engage with other candidates, you may also find yourself sitting in the waiting room alone. Bring a book/ magazine/ text book along to keep your occupied.
Even if this is not part of your outfit, you may find that the air conditioning is freezing after a while. Bring something to keep you warm that you can just slip off when you’re called in for your interview.
Most Importantly bring a positive attitude and have confidence. The assessing staff at recruiting will want to see that you are positive about your application and that you have the confidence to back yourself. If you don’t display confidence in yourself, how can you expect them to be confident in you!
Anything you bring with you will need to be taken with you to each part of the day. You won’t always have a safe place to leave your things. So ensure that you can carry things around neatly in a bag.
If you need some extra help in getting organised for your Assessment Day, please get in contact with our expert team.
Michael and Carly both have walked the path you are about to take and are commited to help you get started with your training for a successful enlistment with free tips and articles.