ERIC Number: ED261331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Influence of Assessment Center Methods on Assessor Ratings.
Silverman, William H.; And Others
One potential source of variation in assessment center ratings may be the way the assessor organizes and processes information. To examine how assessment center methods affect the way assessors organize and process assessment center information and the ratings they make, independent groups of assessors (N=24) used one of two models for integrating assessment center information into a final evaluation of candidates (N=90) for a retail organization's department manager position. Half of the candidates were assessed using the within exercise model in which candidates were rated on each dimension upon completion of each exercise. The other half were assessed using the modified American Telephone and Telegraph Company model in which assessors shared their observations and rated candidates at the completion of all exercises. Each candidate was rated by four assessors who observed candidates in three exercises (In-Basket and two role plays) and assessed them on six dimensions (problem analysis, problem solution, leadership, people sensitivity, sense of urgency, and communication). Data indicated differences in the convergent and discriminant validities, and differences in the factor structures of the ratings for the two models. The pattern of results suggests that the two assessment center models for integrating information affected both the way the assessors organized the assessment center information and the obtained ratings. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (93rd, Los Angeles, CA, August 23-27, 1985).