Development of a simulated assessment center
In this study a simulation of an assessment center is developed consisting of videotaped performances of four candidates in three exercises: sales presentation, role-play, and group discussion. To develop the simulation, candidate profiles are constructed which vary along three dimensions: problem analysis and problem solving, interpersonal sensitivity, and planning and organizing. Dimension-specific behaviors are adapted from 173 critical incidents provided by 20 experienced assessors. As a result, scripts are written and enacted by actors. To validate the simulation, experienced assessors evaluate all candidates under optimal conditions. High interrater agreement among these experts (intraclass conelation = .9) and a high correlation (r = .93) between expert scores and intended scores are found. Finally, the simulation is piloted and calibrated on 16 managers and 28 industrial-psychology students. Practical applications of the simulation involve assessor training and certification. Researchers may use it to examine which factors affect the accuracy of assessor judgments.
Assessment centers, training, simulation, rating processes
Human Resources Management | Organizational Behavior and Theory
Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources
European Journal of Psychological Assessment
Development of a simulated assessment center. (1999). European Journal of Psychological Assessment. 15, (2), 117-126. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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