Assessment Center

An assessment center is a human resource management tool to holistically assess an individual’s competencies for role and organizational fitment and gauge developmental needs. Using various exercises, organizations witness individuals in the simulation of the role for which they are considered. The process of assessment center helps organizations better predict candidates’ performance and potential for the positions in consideration.

Assessment centers require candidates to participate in multiple tests and activities to gauge fitment and suitability for open positions. Assessment centers can be used for efficient recruitment and methodical workforce planning. Assessment centers can be physical, virtual, or blended, based on the nature of exercises and roles in consideration, besides the allocated time and budget. Some examples of activities in an assessment center include role-plays, situational judgment tests, inbox prioritization, psychometric tests, case studies, etc.

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Assessment & Development Centers (ACDCs) are a group of exercises and tests designed to assess an individual for hiring or development purposes. Traditionally, assessment and development centers were done in a physical setting by calling all participants at one place for various individual and group activities. With the advent of technology, virtual and blended assessment and development centers have replaced traditional ones by simulating workplace scenarios in the digital medium. Assessment and development centers can consist of a combination or subset of personality assessments, situational judgement tests, case study simulations, caselets, presentations, aptitude tests, interviews, role plays, group discussions, inbox exercises, etc.

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