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Assessment Centre – an Impulse for personal Development

Invitations to assessments often make applicants feel uneasy. We recommend you to stay calm and be yourself.

What is an assessment centre?

An AC is a method used for evaluation and selection of personnel or personnel development. It estimates, evaluates and judges the candidates abilities. In order to analyse skills and check for deficiencies the behaviour and performance of the candidate are looked at from different angles. The result of this process is a recommendation by the experts. The overall impression is in this case decisive.

Individual assessment vs. group assessment

Assessments can vary depending on the person using them, his/her aims and his/her choice of its components. Generally one distinguishes between individual assessments and group assessments. In individual assessments a single candidate is judged. In this case the assessment mainly consists of conversations, personality tests, IQ tests and tests of the candidate’s performance. In group assessments up to eight people are analysed simultaneously by several observers. In this case the assessment focuses on group tasks, discussions and role play. An assessment generally takes one or two days.

Preparation

The tasks in the assessments are usually adapted to the firm in question and the position advertised. For you as a candidate this means that you don’t exactly know what you will be demanded to do. It does however help to find out as much as you can about the firm. During the assessment you will be continuously confronted with new situations. This is an integral part of the process. You will be able to perform best if you stay calm. For this reason you should make sure that you get enough sleep the night before and that you arrive calm and composed for the assessment. You don’t need any other specific preparation.

Behaviour during the assessment

The aim of the process is to get to know you as a person and to get known your behaviour better. As a participant of an AC you are given the opportunity to check your self-conception and to improve yourself. Normally you will receive a feedback on your strong and weak points. Use this feedback as an impulse for future self-improvement and career development. During the assessment you should not try to pretend to be somebody else as this is not aim of the assessment. Stay true to yourself and have self-confidence.

 

A summary of this article you can find here in our Checklist Assessment Centre.