Designing of an Assessment Center
Use your resources to get started.
An assessment centre can be designedaround one or more vacancies in a company. Once you have completed aspecific job description, interview your existing team to see what they feel are thecompetences, attributes and skills required to fill the position. When the answershave been compiled, create a list of adjectives to describe the characteristics thatare essential to the role. This list will form the critiquing criteria for judging thesuitability of each individual who participates in the event.
Choose an assessment panel and plan your strategy with care.
Choose anassessment panel and plan your strategy with care. You will require a panel toassist you in selecting the best applica
nts from the assessment. It’s important to
include all members of the panel in the design of the assessment centre, so thatthey clearly understand the roles they will need to play on the day of theassessment. They will also need to be clear about the target candidate, as theassessment group may be split at times, and you will wish to achieve consistentmarking across the centre. A good way to achieve consistent marking is todesign a form that enables each panel member to score each applicant from 1 to10 (10 being perfect) against each of the desirable characteristics that you haveagreed upon. Adding all the points together will identify the highest scoringapplicants, who can then be selected for further interviews.
Make sure that your venue is suitable.
It’s vital to hold a dress rehearsal or at
least make a thorough appraisal well before the event to ensure that the spaceyou plan to use is sufficient to run the assessment efficiently. Bear in mind thatyou will need a large open area for group exercises and a private office for
presentations and/or testing. If it’s difficult to accommodate these requirements
on your own premises, it will be better to hold the event at a local serviced officeor hotel where adequate conference rooms and support facilities are available.This will also have the advantage of staff on hand to help with ushering andserving coffee and lunch.
Organise everything well in advance of the event.
Before you go live with the
assessment centre it’s worth role
-playing the event, because this will help you toidentify potential improvements and problem areas, and fine-tune the timing ofthe exercises to produce an itinerary for the day. You will also need to carefullyprepare everything relating to the assessment centre, such as assessment packs
for the delegates (this will be covered in one of the tips). It’s well worth preparing
at an early stage a comprehensive checklist covering every action required toorganise and run the assessment centre. This can then be re-evaluated after thefirst event and carried forward as a master plan for future assessment centres.
Begin the assessment efficiently.
The day is designed to be a two-way
process so it’s important to start by giving the applicants –
let’s call them
an introduction to the company, the department, the positions andwhat will be happening during the day. Then give the delegates an opportunity toask any questions they may have. To help make everybody comfortable, ask thedelegates to briefly introduce themselves. You may find it worth initially askingone of the panel members to introduce themself, having first primed them to