What is an Assessment Centre?
An assessment centre is one of the most reliable and intelligent selection methods currently available to employers. A bespoke combination of exercises and tests measures candidates' performance against key criteria. A recent CIPD survey found that 48% of employers had used it in some way as a method to select applicants.
It does not refer to a physical place but describes an approach to candidate selection, traditionally consisting of a suite of exercises designed to assess a set of personal characteristics. Offering a structured and objective approach to recruitment, the pass / fail criteria of an assessment centre focuses on what individuals can bring to the role and is designed to specifically meet the requirements of the organisation, guaranteeing objectivity, fairness and transparency.
To run a successful assessment centre it is vital that the exercises reflect the culture of the organisation and the skills required to undertake the role. This leaves candidates with a positive feeling, even if they are unsuccessful in being awarded the position.
How does an assessment centre work?
We provide a comprehensive assessment and development centre design service, comprising competency matrix, exercises and psychometric testing through to delivery by experienced, qualified assessors. We ensure that they are bespoke to specific roles rather than using "off the shelf" products.
Some of the tools we use include:
- Competency Based Interviews
- Group Exercise
- Presentation or Written Exercise
- Psychometric Testing
Our team can deliver an assessment centre onsite within your premises or offsite at a neutral location. We frequently work with HR teams and hiring managers to deliver high quality and cost effective assessment and development centre solutions, advising our clients on the best programmes for their requirements.
Why use an assessment centre?
Assessment centre improves the accuracy of selection by giving candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their skills across a variety of related exercises, rather than simply relying on 1 to 1 interviews. It is an excellent way of predicting future job behaviour and performance.
The development centre works in a similar way, with the key difference being that the participants are already employed by the organisation and the focus is, as the name suggests, on developing and encouraging future talent for the business. Learning outcomes are fed-back to participants and are geared toward developing potential.
We have experience of designing and delivering assessment and development centres to both the private and public sectors across a variety of levels and positions, using only experienced and qualified assessors.
Interested to discover how an assessment centre can enhance your selection process? Let's talk.