April 12, 2021
Assessment centers are regularly conducted by large organizations with leading people practices to identify, develop, place and promote talent. Assessments are conducted by observing a participant’s performance when placed in a simulated professional situation in an otherwise unfamiliar business environment. An assessor plays a pivotal role in undertaking assessment of organizational personnel and fostering these are conducted in a fair, objective, professional and unbiased manner.
The role of an assessor is often played by external consultants, HR personnel, line managers outside immediate team, managers, etc. An assessor’s evaluation has significant implications on critical organizational decisions spanning across recruitment, placement, career pathing, high-potential (Hi-Po) identification, development planning, succession planning and promotions. This requires specialized know how in utilizing related tools and evaluation techniques, understanding of the business context and personality types and an unbiased approach.