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Designing Effective Assessment Centre Activities for Candidate Selection


Assignment 2 is an individual essay. Your task is to research and explore contrasting assessment centre activities that companies can use to shortlist and select the most suitable candidate(s). Detailed information can be found in the following sections of this document.

You may use the class slides from week 9, but this should only be used for fundamental understanding of assessment centres. You are required to do extensive research into assessment centres and the various activities involved in shortlisting and selecting the candidates. You may use online resources such as the following, but are not limited to:

• Books via UCLan’s online library – ebrary

• E-databases – Emerald Insight, Web of Science, EbscoHost, etc.

• E-journals – Journal of Human Resource Management, HR Magazine, etc.


You work for a HR recruiting company who organises assessment centre activities to shortlist and select candidates for its customer. You are required to design and prepare several activities that last a full working day (9am-5pm) aimed at identifying various skills of the candidates. In your essay, you are expected to discuss the following:

a. Identify the purposes of the chosen activities and the skills they aim to identify

b. Justify the benefits and drawbacks of your chosen activities

c. Use examples of companies and job tasks that require the skills you mentioned above

Simply stating job tasks is not sufficient. You are expected to go beyond the simple statements and provide an analytical research, based on evidence. You are not required to conduct primary data collection for this assessment.

Supporting evidence:

? Theories related to your chosen activities

? Advantages and disadvantages of those theories, concepts and approaches used by reallife companies

? Case study examples of real-life companies to support your arguments

? References to sources (Harvard style)

Additional information:

• The deadline to submit the group report is Monday 4th May 11:59pm GMT

• Word count: 2500 words (+/-10%)

• Use font size 12, 1.5 line spacing

Material covered in the sessions related to the topics for the assignment should be used as a starting point. Do not simply restate what was covered in the class or what you have read in the literature. Develop an analysis of the key issues using secondary material to support points or to forward the case that you are presenting. Simple statements of opinion or prescriptive assertions are not adequate to the task:

you need to back up your arguments with evidence and examples, e.g. from other case or survey studies. If you need any further guidance, including locating or identifying secondary material, please arrange to see your tutor.

Students must familiarise themselves with the material in the Module Information Pack (available on blackboard) on plagiarism, penalties for late submission and extenuating circumstances.

Assessment Criteria

? Demonstration of knowledge and understanding of theory relating to your chosen activities.

? Your application of theory selectively and critically in analysing the issues in your chosen activities.

? Evidence of a wide breadth of relevant reading.

? Strength and worth of your arguments, conclusions and recommendations.

? Accurate referencing using the Harvard System and a full References section at the end of the report.

How much to read?

Students are often concerned about the number of sources they should read and reference. There is no exact answer to this. The wider the reading the greater the likelihood the student will understand the issues they are being asked to discuss. It is recommended that students read a number of text books and a number of more specialist academic sources (academic journals, HR practitioner publications). Please remember using, reading and referencing material quoted in lectures is acceptable, but citing lecture slides is not!


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