The Assessment Centre Conference 2014
Following on from the success of last year’s 1st UK Assessment Centre conference this year saw the second organised by the newly formed UK Assessment Centre Group (UK-ACG). This year’s theme was all about how assessment centres can add value in a rapidly changing world. The pace of change and its unpredictable nature have led some to coin the term ‘VUCA’, which refers to a world of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity and this state is now being recognised as permanent, so much so, that it has been referred to as ‘the new normal’. The conference therefore considered how the demands of the VUCA world impacts organisations and what this means for the role that the assessment centre method can play in helping organisations to tackle some of the challenges they face.
The theme was broken down into three inter-related strands:
- How is technology impacting Assessment Centres?
- How does the accelerating pace of change affect Assessment Centres?
- How can Assessment Centres truly add value to the organisation?
The conference hosted an impressive collection of Assessment Centre experts, including three fascinating but different keynote sessions. Firstly, Professor Filip Lievens, who is one of the world’s leading researchers in the Assessment Centre field. Secondly, Liam Forde, who talked about how organisations need to respond to the demands of this rapidly changing world. Thirdly, Tim Sandiford, the President of the Army Officer Selection Board (formerly the famous War Office Selection Board), which has been running assessment centres for over 70 years!