Since the 1980s in Germany in the field of personnel selection and development Assessment-Center (AC) to use. What is there to consider?

Assessment Center

The purpose of assessment centers

Experience now Candidate-AC is experiencing a real boom - and with it also consultants and coaches. Because both sides Companys like job candidates, upgrade and develop more and more sophisticated procedures and Strategies.

Looking for the best Candidates for a position - especially with managerial responsibility - assessment centers help those responsible for human resources, both professionally and socially Competencies in Stress- Test and evaluate situations. As accessors come along Employees of companies from different departments or external consultants.

After all, 27 out of 30 DAX companies believe in this procedure and use it despite the high expenditure of time and money. The Assessment Center eV working group ensures uniform, cross-company quality standards; however, there are reservations and critical voices about the Sinn of assessment centers.

Money printing machine or applicant nightmare?

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What many consultancies and coaches have a license to print money is a regular fear for many job seekers. They are scrutinized at least for one or more days, individual interviews and group discussions have to be held, roll games and postal basket exercises have to be completed.

So it's no wonder that, according to studies, every fourth job seeker turns to this selection so deterred that he doesn't even apply. And many who want to face the situation have coaches prepare them specifically for it.

Can the results be manipulated?

Despite all attempts to develop objective criteria for assessing applicants, one accusation remains: many critic criticize the manipulability of the results by the subjects.

Because: The Ask of the interviews almost always reveal which character traits their answer suggests and which of these are positively evaluated for the (leadership) position. In addition, experts doubt whether the strong focus on the Personality of the subjects actually allows safe conclusions to be drawn about their leadership qualities.

Train or read?

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No matter how the assessment center is designed, social aspects are always put to the test Behavior, ability to concentrate, technical and general knowledge as well as problem-solving skills. You can score with initiative and creativity, the right mix of Planning, Control and flexibility; the ability to make decisions, your behavior in stressful situations and your ability to communicate are just as important.

An extensive list of requirements - one thing definitely makes it clear: There may be helpful tips for each application phase; But if you want to prepare in detail for an AC, you will not get by reading guides, because hardly any of the requested qualities can be read.

Thus, the path leads to a preparatory course with a trained expert - we wish you success!

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