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Assessment Center

Assessment center – selecting the best employees

The procedure

The assessment center is a multimodal procedure with the aim of making a selection decision for a vacant position. Multimodality means that several methods are combined in order to record specific competencies or potentials relevant to a specific occupational activity as objectively as possible.

The following procedures may be used:

  • Self-presentation
  • situational interview
  • Test procedure (if necessary also in advance)
  • Group discussion
  • Case study solution
  • Role conversations
  • exercises close to everyday life

The so-called Multi-Trait-Multi-Method-Matrix (MTMM-Matrix) defines which competence dimensions are to be examined with which diagnostic methods. Each competence dimension must be examined with several independent exercises. In turn, however, no more than 5 competencies should be assessed per exercise.

Target group and possible applications

Target groups include all applicants or candidates for specific professional positions or job groups.

  • Typically, the assessment is used for groups of between 4 and 10 people. This primarily enables group exercises with analysis of social competence dimensions.
  • Selection of several applicants for jobs with similar requirement profiles (job families), e.g. sales staff, managers.
  • For analyzing multiple competency dimensions that cannot be captured by a single procedure.
  • For regular or recurring staffing needs of same jobs/job families, e.g., trainees, salespeople.
  • If the number of applicants is high, the assessment center increases the success rate in selecting suitable applicants.
Individual assessment
  • one candidate with approx. 1-2 consultants and/or observers from the client’s side
  • half a day to a full day
  • often for the final decision between the pre-selected candidates for an important management position or position of responsibility
Classic Assessment Center
  • several candidates applying for the same position
  • Mix of individual and group exercises
  • Frequent among young professionals
  • internal observers and decision-makers, moderation and guidance by consultants
  • approx. 1-2 days (depending on group size)
Real Business Assessment Center
  • Group process with Real Business Simulation
  • Participants work in a fictitious company and complete job-relevant tasks and projects
  • by means of Critical Incidents technique special challenges are played in
  • internal observers and decision-makers, moderation and guidance by consultants
  • approx. 1-2 days (depending on group size)

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