Assessment & Development Centres represent probably the most powerful approach available to management to predict performance and behaviour.
They enable assessment of individuals across the widest range of relevant characteristics . They can provide this information at a level of predictive accuracy, which is difficult to achieve by any other means.
There are three main areas of application:
Selection – of internal candidates where past or current experience may not be relevant. And for external candidates who are an unknown quantity. They can also help to separate apparently close candidates. Evidence from centres can be also be used to explain results to unsuccessful candidates
Management development – to identify training or development needs and provide guidance as to the priority areas for attention. This will enable tailored training to be directed to the greatest need
Talent management – scanning key sections of the workforce to examine the extent to which skills, knowledge, experience, behaviours etc are developed and present.