The term assessment center is a process that is being increasingly used by organizations to assess staff, either as part of the recruitment process or for internal development and promotion.
Types of exercises:
What is an In-Tray Exercise?
The in-tray exercise forms the back-bone of any assessment center and this is because of the diversity of behaviors as well as, Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSA’s) that can be tested as part of this exercise.
What is a Presentation Exercise?
Giving a presentation offers you a much better platform than is normally available when simply answering an interviewer's questions. You also have far more control in this exercise than in any of the others.
What are Group Exercises?
Group exercises are used to assess how you interact with others and to gauge your impact and influence when working in a team. Typically, you will be given a problem or scenario which requires a collective decision to be taken. This is usually presented in the form of a brief, which also includes a strict time limit when the result of the discussion will need to be conveyed to the assessors.
What are Role Play Exercises?
This type of exercise also allows the assessors to actually test how you respond when put on the spot or dealing with conflict. The key purpose of the exercise is to again see what competencies you display and how your behavior matches those of the required role.
What is a Media Interview Exercise?
This specialized exercise is unlikely to be in the majority of assessment centers, but if you are seeking a senior management position or directorship then you must familiarize yourself with this exercise. You can view it as a unique role-play exercise designed to assess how well you perform with the press.