Assessment Centre Experience

The Assessment Centre Experience (ACE) is an ISE award winning mock assessment centre simulation, run by the University of Hertfordshire in partnership with Smart Resourcing Solutions. ACE has been recognised as one of the largest mock assessment centre simulations in the UK and was attended by over 3000 students of the University of Hertfordshire in 2020.

ACE took place during three weeks in November at Watford Football Club, where students came with a passion to learn, network with employers, grow in confidence and develop critical skills that will help them secure placement and graduate roles. For ACE 2020, Smart Resourcing Solutions hosted the Assessment Centre Experience virtually for University of Hertfordshire students.

ACE is embedded within the vast majority of level 5 undergraduate courses and some level 4 courses, giving 2nd year students an outstanding opportunity to take part in a realistic mock assessment centre with bespoke assessment materials directly relating to their degree.

Students that have attended ACE have reported an increase in confidence in applying for placements and graduate schemes. On average across all schools, only 14% felt confident in these applications prior to ACE. Post ACE this increased to 58% of students feeling confident or very confident.


ACE is an excellent opportunity to see students in a recruitment environment and can be a useful talent spotting tool for your company, with the chance to have a pop-up stand to network with students.

ACE is run at Watford Football Club, which offers a professional environment offsite, giving a more realistic experience to those involved. Employers are invited to participate in this not to be missed event as:

  • An assessor
  • An observer


The number of students attending our Watford assessment centres has grown year on year with student and employer feedback being extremely positive:

Amazing. One of the best university external experiences I have had. I'd like to say thank you to the organisers and the mock interviewers, all of whom were fantastic.

2nd year student

I found it life changing, I received feedback that will help be personally and professionally that I would have never known about had I not come.

2nd year student

Impressed by how they showed such potential as graduate employees.  The atmosphere was just right -  relaxed, friendly and seamlessly efficient.