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Application: 11 tips on how to survive the assessment center during the job interview

"Assessment Center" is the term for a test procedure that has been used and expanded in the USA in particular and is now also becoming more and more widespread in Germany. How can you survive it successfully?

Assessment Center

To the history of the assessment center

The English expression hides the fact that this test procedure was originally developed in Germany under the name "Heerespsychotechnik" and was used to select the next generation of officers.

In the 50 years, the US economy discovered this method to test applicants for their suitability. And since the 70 years, the Assessment Center in Germany is being used more and more for personnel selection.

There are assessment centers for all target groups

Assessment centers are useful in many areas, including human resources, where they are used to measure employee performance. They'll be great for just about anyone Company offered in the world so the results are almost identical every time.

The process is particularly used in management, but is now also used for future trainees, especially when they work for banks and insurance companies apply.

What happens at the Assessment Center

In the assessment center, a combination of different behavioral and work samples is used to select a personnel. The applicants or participants in an AC procedure are working on tasks that are intended to simulate the future leadership situation.

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The behavior and performance results that come into play are observed and assessed by so-called assessors (mostly company executives, but also psychologists).

The most important tests, tasks and exercises in this procedure are:

  • Interviews (individually and in groups)
  • Postcorb exercise (typical tasks from the professional field)
  • Manufacturing tasks (a manufacturing company is simulated)
  • Role play (usually in pairs, e.g. sales, employee, problem / Konflikt-Conversation)
  • Presentations and lectures
  • Group discussions (with and without roles)
  • individually workable tasks and tasks
  • Intelligence and performance tests
  • Personality and interest tests
  • biographical questionnaires
  • Curriculum vitae

The Examination Board

The execution time of an AC is usually three to eight hours, in rare cases sometimes two full days. Here, six to twelve participants work between eight and twelve exercises. As time is money, more and more companies are turning to apprenticeship applicants for a kind of mini-AC, which only takes one to three hours.

As mentioned above, the assessors play an important role. These three to six observers represent the candidate selection and training placement providers, on whose decision depends who is hired.

In other words: They form the examination commission, which, like jurors in figure skating, give their assessments. Sometimes so-called moderators also appear, whose task it is to find the introductory or introductory words to the AC tasks, to control the organizational process and, if necessary, to make a little joke or two to loosen up the tense situation a little.

The following features and requirements are to be checked at the AC:

  • social competence (e.g. ability to cooperate, ability to make contacts, sensitivity)
  • systematic thinking and acting (eg abstract and analytical thinking, decision-making ability, planning and control)
  • Activity (eg work motivation, leadership, assertiveness and self-employment)
  • Expressiveness (e.g. written and oral communication skills and flexibility)

Some test assignments will help you to successfully pass an Assessment Center, but it is not enough to practice only because such a selection process also includes many other tasks.

It is important that you pay particular attention to your behavior, as you will be closely monitored by the assessors during this selection process.

The 11 most important behavioral rules for the AC interview:

  1. Listen attentively, focused-turned towards.
  2. Keep appropriate eye contact.
  3. Watch closely (without eyeing).
  4. Think before you answer, take the time.
  5. Do not be afraid to ask.
  6. Better talk a little less than too much.
  7. Let your conversation partner talk.
  8. If you wait, you can also take a short break.
  9. Be more reserved than too offensive.
  10. Stay objective, calm, patient and relaxed.
  11. Last but not least: pay attention to your body language.

The best way to find a job

In summary, the assessment center is a very good way to get a good job. And that's how you should see it: Not as a single compulsory task, but as an excellent opportunity to learn something new, to experience something new and to develop yourself further.

But also as a good opportunity to measure yourself against others and to keep the coveted job. If you have a positive personality and a high level of Motivation then an assessment center is the perfect opportunity to show this too.

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