Assessment Centre' is a process; consist of a series of structured assessment techniques which are designed to assess a candidate on a number of job-related dimensions.
Assessment Centre enables you to search for the particular competencies and level needed for the particular job. An assessment centre is a process in which multiple exercises are used, behaviour is observed, observation is made by trained assessors, through a systematic assessment process band on competencies. Candidates are able to demonstrate the skills and abilities and not just talk about them.
Assessment centre are standardized form of mapping employee potential through multi assessment and multi rating in opportune situations enabling sound decisions for closet fit for future roles. The duration and format will vary depending on the number of competencies being assessed, for the role being filled. Exercises typically run from ½ day to 2 days and the exercises can be administered over a series of sessions rather than in one sitting.
Assessment tools are techniques that provide some measure about candidate. They should be valid, reliable, structured and standardized. Tools range from psychometric tests, business simulations to case studies to interviews. Some are more structured than others because of the kind of tool. A battery of tools is necessary of an assessment centre. There are various types of tools used in the assessment centre. In-basket exercises, role plays, simulations, group discussion, fact finding exercises, case study, competency based interviews, written test, psychometric tests, and many more. No single assessment method can assess all job competencies.