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Strategy Writing Exercise/Test/Assessment


I need to assess candidates' ability/skill in producing effective board-level documentation. It's a recruitment exercise, and although I will probably use some Verbal Reasoning tests, my client also wishes us to assess our candidates' writing skills in a more "real life" way. For example, writing a strategy document.
I guess it would be in the form of an in-tray exercise?? But I could do with some external inspiration on this one!
Many thanks in anticipation.
Chris Reynolds

2 Responses

  1. is this too simplistic?

    I’m reading this as being a recruitment exercise for someone who reports TO the board but IS NOT an executive member of the board.

    In order to assess the “ability to produce board level documentation”, rather than getting into an assessment of the ability to actually “come up with a strategy”, there needs to be some clarity of what constitutes a “board level document”.

    My take on this would probably be akin to the production of an “executive summary” from a more complex document.

    Perhaps you could get a weighty report (you know, organisations buy them by the kilo from management consultancies (joke)) and ask the candidates to produce an executive summary that could be read/presented in less than x minutes at a board meeting.

    This might also give you an insight into the individuals ability to “extract” the pertinent bits for board members; HR implications, Accounting implications etc.

    I hope this helps

  2. Thanks Rus!
    Very many thanks, Rus.
    I’ll be doing just that, and I appreciate your time.

    I’ll be giving them a wad of documentary notes, probably stuff from the company they’re applying to, give them one hour to absorb, assess and analyse, Get them to produce a paper based on their assessment. From there, get them to prepare a presentation and deliver it to the Chief Exec. Over to him for final analysis/judgement.

    Just hope it does the trick and makes me look like I know my stuff, and without me and my intervention, the world would stop spinning, his firm would go bust, and any chance of World Peace would be dashed….

    Thanks again, Rus.


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