Title

Development of a simulated assessment center

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1999

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Assessment centers, training, simulation, rating processes

Discipline

Human Resources Management | Organizational Behavior and Theory

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

European Journal of Psychological Assessment

Volume

15

Issue

2

First Page

117

Last Page

126

ISSN

1015-5759

Publisher

Hogrefe

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