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The use of role-player prompts in assessment center exercises

Eveline Schollaert (UGent) and Filip Lievens (UGent)
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So far, a substantial amount of assessment center (AC) studies have aimed to improve the quality of the AC method by focusing on the assessors. However, systematic studies about the role-player in AC exercises are nonexistent. This is surprising as the role-player might serve as a key figure for consistently evoking job-relevant behavior across candidates. Therefore, this study focused on the 'role' of role-players in ACs. We examined the effects of instructing role-players to use prompts among 233 candidates. Results suggest that role-players are able to use prompts and that their negative impact on candidates' reactions is negligible. In addition, some AC dimensions (problem solving and interpersonal sensitivity) were better measured when role-players used prompts. No effects on interrater reliability were found.
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MODEL, TRAIT ACTIVATION, APPLICANT REACTIONS, CONSTRUCT-VALIDITY, METAANALYSIS, PERSONALITY, PERFORMANCE, SELECTION, BEHAVIOR, WORK

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Schollaert, Eveline, and Filip Lievens. 2011. “The Use of Role-player Prompts in Assessment Center Exercises.” International Journal of Selection and Assessment 19 (2): 190–197.
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Schollaert, E., & Lievens, F. (2011). The use of role-player prompts in assessment center exercises. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SELECTION AND ASSESSMENT, 19(2), 190–197.
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Schollaert E, Lievens F. The use of role-player prompts in assessment center exercises. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SELECTION AND ASSESSMENT. 2011;19(2):190–7.
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Schollaert, Eveline, and Filip Lievens. “The Use of Role-player Prompts in Assessment Center Exercises.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SELECTION AND ASSESSMENT 19.2 (2011): 190–197. Print.
@article{2007163,
  abstract     = {So far, a substantial amount of assessment center (AC) studies have aimed to improve the quality of the AC method by focusing on the assessors. However, systematic studies about the role-player in AC exercises are nonexistent. This is surprising as the role-player might serve as a key figure for consistently evoking job-relevant behavior across candidates. Therefore, this study focused on the 'role' of role-players in ACs. We examined the effects of instructing role-players to use prompts among 233 candidates. Results suggest that role-players are able to use prompts and that their negative impact on candidates' reactions is negligible. In addition, some AC dimensions (problem solving and interpersonal sensitivity) were better measured when role-players used prompts. No effects on interrater reliability were found.},
  author       = {Schollaert, Eveline and Lievens, Filip},
  issn         = {0965-075X},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SELECTION AND ASSESSMENT},
  keyword      = {MODEL,TRAIT ACTIVATION,APPLICANT REACTIONS,CONSTRUCT-VALIDITY,METAANALYSIS,PERSONALITY,PERFORMANCE,SELECTION,BEHAVIOR,WORK},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {190--197},
  title        = {The use of role-player prompts in assessment center exercises},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2389.2011.00546.x},
  volume       = {19},
  year         = {2011},
}

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