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Assessment Centre Activities


I am running an assessment centre to recruit trainees and am looking for activities which would suit the reflectors of the group. 

I have found that it often difficult for our assessors to assess the reflectors as their input is minimal.  The competencies we assess are communication, teamwork, thinking and drive for results.  The activities we currently use range in time from around 30 minutes to one hour and I am looking for a longer activity to supplement these, either an activity or case study.  The group sizes are 4-5 people.


5 Responses

  1. a few questions….

    Hi Moira

    How do you know that these people are "reflectors"? As opposed to being people who cannot communicate, are loners or have no drive for results.

    Since what you are running is an assessment centre I assume you are using it to select the people who demonstrate the competencies of teamworking, communication skill, critical thinking and drive…..if people don't demonstrate these aptitudes at your current assessment centre, doesn't it suggest that they simply don't have that aptitude at this stage of their career?


  2. Assessment centres and reflectors

    I agree with the others. Though some people, often intoverts, can find it harder to shine in certain types of activities and it is useful to recognise that those who are more forthcoming are not always the most capable. This is perhaps something that you need to be alive to throughout the process rather than investing too much hope that you can address this purely through one 'activity'.


  3. Assessment Centres and Reflectors

    One I used last year on an assessment day for trainees was the Balloon Debate, which looks at presenting a case, assertiveness, questioning and answering, decision making and developing a competitive instinct and seems to work well with all Learning Styles.  I have also used one called the Heraldic Shield whereby the Reflector can work with another trainee on a one to one basis and they then bring out the best of each other.



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