An assessment Centre is basically a series of exercises carried out using several techniques to assess skills and knowledge which are not assessable from the traditional interview alone. An assessment center is not a place in itself; it is a name given to a series of exercises. The exercises can take place at the employer’s offices (if they have the space and facilities) or at a testing Centre run by qualified assessors, or any conference space where candidates and assessors can get together.
The techniques and exercises can run systematically from two hours to a whole day up to several days depending on the organizational needs. You will normally be invited to an assessment center only after you have passed initial screening by the employer, for example an application form CV analysis and may be an online aptitude test. The major role of an assessment center is to get all round best fit in a specified role by unearthing the candidate’s true potential to perform well in the job. This means the employer gets a well-matched employee, and the candidate gets assessed fairly on their true merits without or with minimum biasness.