Participants in assessments
Have you been invited to an ITB assessment?
Many companies, universities and other organisations use ITB assessments to select applicants or develop employees. By doing so, they want to ensure that uniform, objective and well-founded criteria are used for evaluating individuals and that development measures going forward are tailored to individual needs.
If you have been invited to such an assessment, this is a good sign for now: You will test your skills against other participants in a fair assessment.
You want to ...
- find out who is behind ITB?
- prepare for an Assessment Center or Development Center?
- prepare for a company selection test?
- actively prepare for an assessment and complete an online demo test?
- prepare for a selection test at a university or other educational organization?
Preparation for Assessment Centers and Development Centers
The focus is on solving practical tasks
Assessment Centers (ACs) enable a meaningful and reliable assessment of the current competencies and potential of participating individuals. Participants work on different tasks, partly by themselves, partly in a team with other participants. In so doing, you will be observed by several trained managers and HR practitioners. This enables a much more comprehensive and objective assessment than can be achieved with other methods.
Our ITB-ACs are developed in line with bindingly defined quality standards. The AC exercises reflect the requirements of everyday working life. As such you can be sure that at no point will you be confronted with nonsensical or embarrassing tasks or those that may be offensive to human dignity. On the contrary: We pay attention to complete transparency and fairness.
As a participant, you receive all the information you need to work on the individual exercises. The times scheduled for the preparation and completion of individual exercises are strictly adhered to. All observers are carefully prepared for their role prior to the Assessment Center. This ensures that all participants have the same chance to successfully complete a task.
Development Center: Individual support of employees is a goal
The focus of Development Centers (DCs) is on the development and career advancement of employees. Their skills and competencies in relation to a specific task, position or – more generally – a specific management level are identified and precisely described. Both individuals’ particular strengths and their individual learning needs are identified.
As a participant, our ITB Development Centers therefore offer you many opportunities for integrating your own priorities and learning wishes into the final result. Together with observers and/or mentors from your company, specialists from your company’s personnel development department and our ITB consultants, you can work out your own development plan and then agree upon it within the company.
Typical elements of Assessment Centers and Development Centers
- Case studies
- In-tray exercises
- Complex scenarios that provide information about the ability to think in an interlinked way
- Cognitive ability tests
- Presentations of data and facts, of projects, of arguments, etc.
- Role plays that simulate a specific situation, e.g. negotiations, complaints, employee and consultancy meetings.
- Group exercises in which leadership behaviour as well as team skills are demonstrated
Feedback and reflection
In addition to these exercises, which simulate future requirements and allow an identification of both your strengths and learning areas, Development Centers often also feature the following components:
- Feedback and reflection discussions
- small learning and training units
Tips to prepare for Assessment Centers
and Development Centern as well as tests
Preparation is everything!
During the Assessment Center or Development Center
And one last thing: Take the whole thing sportsmanlike! Nobody seeks to hurt you in an Assessment Center or Development Center. Observers would rather give positive feedback than negative feedback following an assessment, and, if the organizers had not been sure that you could be successful, then you would not have been invited!