First what comes to your mind when you listen word Assessment Centre? Maybe a room where everyone comes to pass some or other tests. Right? Let’s see the correct definition and understands it deeply.
The process of selecting individuals for various roles by examining them with particular conditions and skills you need can say an assessment process and the center where this process of assessment is held is known as Assessment Centers.
Different industries, Businesses, and Educational institutes such as universities, schools, colleges, Boards, and the Government sector use assessment centers to select for various roles. Assessment Centers dedicates to providing companies with skilled, qualified, and dynamic candidates for job roles.
However, the process of assessment should be competitive. Because we can not select all the candidates who are giving an exam. So the exam should be a little tough so that only skilled and well-prepared candidates can pass it. As they passed the assessment process they deserve a seat for it.
Not all the applicants do not have to get selected, some get rejected also before the final selection process. Being at an assessment center is not a game or tv competition like reality shows.
It is a time to prove yourself only not to compete with others. As you have not in direct competition with other competitors. You are assessed against the employer’s criteria. It is a way to prove how best you can work on your own and achieve your goals.
How Assessment Center should be?
An assessment center should be professional. Assessment Centers should be neat and clean. A clean environment leads to positive vibes in humans.”Cleanliness is next to Godliness” tenth revolutionary thought by Mahatma Gandhiji (Father of our nation). A proper professional environment should be maintained during the assessment process is also very important.
Normally assessment processes are held in the conference room of the company, hotel, or usually at commercial buildings. It can vary in duration, dates, content, format, and locations. The most intensive assessment process continues for a maximum of 2 days depending on what post you applied for.
Activities include such as written tests, personality tests, aptitude tests, mock tests, etc. These factors matter in scheduling the assessment process and how much time it takes to complete the process. All is done in the name of judging your capabilities, suitabilities, and strengths for the desired position.
At many assessment processes, there may also be an arrangement of breakfast, lunch, and social events to make applicants or candidates feel relaxed so they can attend it properly with a good mindset.
It is also important for everyone including the examinee and examiner to be prepared with a set mind and handle everything properly without any hesitation.
Use of Assessment Centers:
Development And Training Needs
1. Selection Process
The process of shortlisting candidates as per their skills, and the company’s requirements to fill the vacant position.
Key steps for the selection process :
- Basic Interview
A company may receive hundreds of job applications. So it is important to select the candidate who suits our requirements. So for that, an interview is conducted to examine candidates.
Once a candidate gives the interview, then the HR manager has to analyze the candidate, and how he or she performed in an interview, and based on that HR manager have to give the result.If the candidate passes the basic interview then their chances of getting selected increase.
- Reviewing Applications
After the process of the interview is completed, the HR manager reviews the candidate’s application. The application form contains the candidate’s bio-data, educational information, candidate background, and other information. If the information suits the criteria of the company’s terms and conditions. Then HR manager will give the result according to that after reviewing of application.
- Know Candidate’s Potential
It helps the candidate to know their strong areas. This helps him/her to improve their mental state of mind. Having positivity for self is very important while giving an interview or assessment test.
- Identify Talent
The assessment center indicates the talent of candidates presents there. There are lots of candidates present and they must have some or different talents. Knowing and identifying a candidate’s talents also help a company to select the right candidate.
2. Development And Training Needs :
Understanding training and development needs play a vital role in any business/ company or organization’s overall development. Because if a company is not knowing their employee’s needs and how they are performing, then it must affect on company’s development.In short development of any company is inversely dependent on the company’s employees. So the company must take care of these things.
Steps to identify development and training needs.
Set clear expectations for each role you define
Monitor Employee’s Performance
1. Set Clear Expectations for each role you define
Every company should take care of this while defining any new role in the company or making new changes to the existing role. Because if your goal for each role you define is set, then you can easily analyze new candidates for that role.
It makes it easier to understand what skills candidate or employee needs if they want to be successful in that. It helps in understanding their potential.
2. Monitor Employee’s Performance
Keeping eye on employee performance will help the organization and the company both. By knowing how your employe is performing whether good or not. It also helps the employee to improve himself/herself.
A company must take care of its employees to grow their self. Because employee plays a significant role in the overall company’s development.
3. Overall Analysis
The complete overall analysis is very important. Whether it’s employee performance or company’s work or overall company development doesn’t matter because all these are important.
Analysis of the company’s work helps both employee and company which directly or indirectly gives profit to the company to grow and candidates to grow themself. Without analysis of any work, you can’t do it perfectly as you don’t have a proper idea about that work, which can result in poor performance.
4. Identify Talents :
Identifying the right talent is as important as above mentioned steps for the overall development of the company. Because any candidate who is not willing to learn new things, improve mistakes, and not have a set goal for the future may not perfect candidate for the company.
So Identifying a Candidate’s or employee’s talents is also as much important. It also makes it easier for the company while give particular tasks to an employee, as if the company knows their employee’s talents, then it can easily allocate that task as per the talents that match task needs.
Indirectly saves the company’s time as the company already knows which candidate can perform well, so they will allocate important work or task to that candidate directly which saves time for deciding the allocation of task or work and some little discussion.
How to Prepare For Assessment Centre?
After listening to the word assessment first question may pop up in your mind how to prepare for assessment centers? How can we perform our best and pass it?
So here we provide a few steps to prepare for assessment centers.
Know The Organization And Your Role
Prepare Yourself Mentally.
Revise Your Application.
Focus On Your Weak.
1. Know The Organization And Your Role
First of all, all you need to do is know the organization you are going for assessment by taking reviews and gathering information about that organization from various sources. This can help you on the day of assessment mentally as you already know some about the organization that your competitors don’t.
Go through the application, know your role what you have to do, and your suitability. These are some factors that can help you a lot to stand out among your competitors.
2. Prepare Yourself Mentally
Be prepared mentally for surprises. No doubt you have studied for the assessment and are fully prepared for this but sometimes pressure created by the environment will create a lack of confidence in you can result in poor performance.
So it is a must to be prepared mentally to highlight yourself. Your confidence and body language also create your unique impression. Always remember that those who are there to hire you for their company will always notice your behavior first.
How you are behaving, your attitude, and your confidence. These are things that matter more than your knowledge. Once you are unable to answer any of the questions, it matters little but your attitude and confidence matter a lot. So never be discouraged and give your best with full confidence which can lead you high among your competitors.
3. Revise Your Application :
Remember that before going to the assessment center, review your application if possible. You will gain an understanding of your strength and weakness. So you can easily concentrate on your weak points before assessment. You have enough time to improve it. Reviewing your application can also help you to remove some mistakes if any.
You will be well prepared for what you have written in your application. Cover every area of application, so you might get little idea of what you are going to face during an assessment. Work on weak points but don’t forget to cover strong points at least once.
4. Focus On Your Weak :
Focusing on weak Points reflects 100% better results. Because your weak points are the ones that can decrease your score and chances to get detected. Weak points occur only when you skip that part by assuming it is easy and later it becomes hard for you and turns into your weak part. Second when you are unable to understand that part and at last you skip it. So never assume anything before studying.
Just study it once thoroughly so that you will get an idea of that particular topic. If you don’t understand anything then just ask the one who knows it or has an idea about that topic. So, that you can get a little idea about that topic and then research by yourself will help you a lot to understand it.
You may have heard it said “First Impression Is The Last Impression” a famous quote. According to human nature, everything and everyone is judged by outfits first. At assessment centers it’s also like that, When you first attend the assessment, you will be judged by your outfits, personality, and your speaking style at first, which makes your first impression.
You should wear professional clothes when you attend the assessment for the first time for a company. This helps to make your unique impression and also your chances to get selected increase.
I hope you have understood what assessment centers are and for what they are used. Assessment centers are mainly used to identify real talent in you and provide you with the best opportunity to grow and build your career in a particular sector. Many businesses, schools, colleges, universities, boards, and government sectors use assessment centers to provide it.
It is also important that assessment centers should be neat and clean and a professional environment should be maintained during an assessment center.