This study reviews prior construct-related validity research in assessment centres. Special focus is placed on disentangling possible explanations for the construct-related validity findings. The conclusion is that we now have a much better picture of the reasons behind the construct-related validity findings. Careful assessment centre design and high interrater reliability among assessors seem necessary albeit insufficient conditions to establish assessment centre construct-related validity. The nature of candidate performances is another key factor. This study next discusses how these empirical findings have changed how assessment centres are conceptualized (theoretical advancements framed in the application of trait activation theory), analysed (methodological advancements), and designed (practical advancements).
Assessment centres, Construct validity, Constructs, Multitrait-multimethod matrix, Trait activation theory
Organizational Behavior and Theory | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources
European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Taylor & Francis (Routledge): STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles
LIEVENS, Filip Rene O.
Assessment centres: A tale about dimensions, exercises, and dancing bears. (2009). European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. 18, (1), 102-121. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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