Remote assessment centres are not new. They have been used in an international context for several years now. Under the current Corona-lockdown, various organisations allow their current and potential employees the freedom to choose between a live assessment on location, or an online assessment using encripted simulations and digital communication tools.
A state-of-the-art assessment centre is context-rich, methodical and relational. Participants work face-to-face in a simulated environment, have challenging conversations, give presentations and debate. In addition to preparation time, there is at least 3 hours of contact for observation and dialogue. Several assessors assess their behaviour.
Can such a thing be done remotely? This is our experience.
We asked ourselves the question : 'What is the experience of participants, considering that the programme is identical in both cases, and the number of contact hours as well ?’
On the basis of a systematic survey, we arrived at the following findings:
Is the quality of the measurement comparable?
The answer is ‘not quite’. What have we seen, for example:
Assessors need to be aware of these factors and should take them into account in their assessment.
The digital means of communicating face-to-face give different opportunities, not the same as face-to-face in a live context. Be aware!
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