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assessment centres


I am researching the continued use of assessment centres in our organisation as a promotion tool. Is there any empirical evidence out there as to their efficacy, quality, accuracy et al? Just how good or bad are they?
Ian Redpath
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Ian Redpath

3 Responses

  1. Promotion tool?

    If it is helpful, we differentiate between ‘assessment centres’ per you email, for recruitment, and ‘development centres’ for promotion.

    Both have their place, with proper provision some outstanding results, both have some common features, and some outsanding differences….

    Delighted to advise more if you contact me direct.

    Jeremy Thorn
    QED Consulting
    S Yorks and London

  2. Validity of Assessment Centres
    There is a lot of empirical evidence demonstrating their validity in predicting job performance. However, some of the conventional wisdom about assessment centre design e.g. the reliance on “expert” models of assessment is being questioned. Moreover some of these design principles can significantly raise the cost of assessment centres but don’t necesarily produce any significant benefit over simpler designs.
    If you have the data, which I imagine you do, it would be fairly simple to conduct your validity study. However, there are also other issues to consider such as the extent to which the design of assessment centres is aligned to factors such as organisational values and culture. For example if you are seeking a more empowered, coaching based culture then “expert” assessments as used in traditional assessment centre designs will not “fit”.

    Its a huge topic so please do email me to discuss further [email protected]


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