Assessment & Development Centres

The Assessment and Development Centre method is one of the most accurate and valid assessment procedures, being used for both decision making in selection or promotion processes and for development purposes.

Why are Assessment & Development Centres important?

Assessment or Development Centres provide a number of benefits to an organization seeking to improve its approach to the selection and development of its employees, by helping the organization to identify and predict key behaviors in the workplace that transform people’s performance. These benefits can include:

Reduction in turnover and subsequent recruitment costs

Identification of potential “high fliers” within an organization

Identification of individual strengths and development needs

Identification of “skills gaps” within the organization

Identification of most appropriate development plan adapted to the employees’ needs and their potential for growth

What is an Assessment Centre?

The purpose of a Centre is to obtain the best possible indication of a person’s current or potential competencies that enable the person to perform in the target job/level of responsibility. The relevant competencies or criteria for future performance can be identified by carrying out a thorough job analysis of the role in question, which will enable the identification of those behaviors that differentiate successful from less successful performance.

Any single assessment centre consists of multiple components, which include behavioral simulation exercises, within which multiple trained assessors observe and record behaviors, classify them and evaluate them according to the competencies of interest.

Behavioral simulation exercises are designed to replicate the key challenges of the job in question and are typically used in combination with other assessment techniques to ensure comprehensive coverage of attributes and skills and to increase reliability of measurement.

Exercises are conceived so as to provide a standardized assessment for those competencies specific to roles ranging from entry-level to top senior management positions. They simulate either interactions with key persons in the role, or administrative issues of the job:

  • Analysis and Presentation Exercises –case studies in which assessed participants receive a written brief they have to analyze and to use as a base for a business recommendation.
  • Role-plays – simulations of real situations where the candidates meet with a role player in order to achieve a specific objective.
  • Group Exercises – are designed to assess people’s performance in a group or team based setting.
  • In-tray/ In-basket Exercises – participants are presented with a variety of items in the form of letters, e-mails, memos, reports etc. about issues that need to be addressed as part of the job written tasks.
  • Fact-finding – participants are given a brief overview of a problem and they have to seek out the necessary information to make a decision. 

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