Providing a rare focus, Succeeding at Assessment Centres For Dummies, is to launch at all good bookstores in January 2009. Written by subject matter experts, Nigel Povah and his daughter Lucy Povah of Assessment and Development Consultants Ltd, the book helps job seekers get ready to attend an Assessment Centre, guiding them through how the process is conducted and how to best prepare. The book, published by John Wiley and Sons, Ltd, covers how to excel in group exercises, oral presentations, role-play exercises, in-basket exercises, analysis exercises, planning and scheduling exercises, plus interviews and psychometrics.
Nigel Povah, MD of A&DC, says, “This book de-mystifies the Assessment Centre process, giving candidates best practice information to deal with exercises and activities. Knowing what you should do is very different from being able to do it; so if someone buys our book and learns what matters – and then is able to display those behaviours in the Assessment Centre – they are showing they are ready to take on that role. It provides a win-win situation for candidate and employer.”
People who have attended an Assessment Centre generally regard them as a fair way of being assessed, as candidates feel they have had a chance to demonstrate their strengths in a diverse number of activities. However, they can often feel intimidated because they don’t know what to expect.
Povah adds, “Although the book wasn’t written with the current economic climate in mind, there is little doubt more people will face the prospect of having to find new employment and for many, this could mean experiencing an Assessment Centre as part of the selection process.”
The publishers of the For Dummies books, John Wiley, contacted Nigel Povah to write the book, based on his 25 year career in assessment and development. The For Dummies books are written in a no-nonsense way to ensure everyone can learn from expert knowledge on a range of topics.
Nigel Povah is the Managing Director of Assessment & Development Consultants Limited (A&DC), a practice specialising in assessment methods and developing human potential at work with clients worldwide. Lucy Povah began working for A&DC as a full-time consultant in 2004. The father – daughter writing team ensures that Nigel’s significant experience combines with Lucy’s fresh, graduate-style thinking.