Designing and Running Assessment Centres (Two-Day)

Create and organise professional assessment events

Studies have shown that interviews alone often fail to find out if a candidate is right for a role. Assessment centres allow you to see how a candidate might perform in practice, gaining as much information as possible before making the critical decision. However, running assessment centres does not necessarily mean bringing in expensive exercises or specialised recruitment consultants. This two-day workshop gives you the tools and skills to design your own assessment centres and run them in-house, using proven methods.


Practical, skills-based sessions will help participants understand how assessment centres work, from the overview level right down to the fine detail of individual exercises and elements. Day one focuses on running assessment centre exercises and using the results, while day two gives an in-depth understanding of how to modify existing exercises or centres, or design them from scratch.

The workshop can use existing exercises, competency frameworks and role profiles, allowing delegates to learn to better use and modify existing materials, and come out of the workshop with improved materials. If these elements do not exist or you would prefer a more general grounding, example exercises and materials can be supplied.

This topic can also be delivered as a coaching session, as part of an integrated programme, or via an alternative learning method such as e-learning. It can also be adapted to suit your specific needs, including adjusting it to a half-day workshop with a narrower focus, or a two-day in-depth workshop. If you are interested in any of these options, please contact us.



At a Glance

Who it's for:

HR Managers
Managers involved in assessment and recruitment
Managers who want to take part in assessment

What it covers:

Assessment centres and effectiveness
Types of assessment and their uses
Running assessments correctly
Standardisation and avoiding bias
Objectivity and the ORCE method
Using the results to make selection decisions
Assessment centre management and organisation
Evaluating assessment centre effectiveness
Design: roles, competencies and assessment
Choosing the right assessments
Designing assessments to fit a role requirement
The law and assessment

What you'll get:

An in-depth view of how assessment centres work
Ability to manage assessment exercises effectively
The ability to manage and organise a day’s activities
Skills to ensure the results are fair and objective
The ability to make the right selection decision
Techniques to assess the exercises needed for a role
Skills to choose, design and modify assessments
Skills to ensure a smooth process from start to finish