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Assessment Center Handbook for Police and Fire Personnel, Third Edition

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Charles D. Hale
Date Published
239 pages
This publication provides information on assessment centers for those who want to improve their performance.
This book provides an overview of the assessment center process for both the future candidate and for the municipal administrator. Assessment centers continue to be widely used as the preferred and accepted manner of evaluating the potential of members of police and fire departments as a part of their standardized promotional examination process. This publication draws on the author's current knowledge and his own extensive experience, and provides a thorough overview of the design and administration of an assessment center for fire and police personnel. It offers invaluable insight concerning the reliability, cost-effectiveness, and objective methods for the selection of candidates for higher appointments. Topics include the advantages of an assessment center, typical assessment center exercises, design and administration, selection and training, candidate evaluation and scoring methods, preparation, and an overall summary. Among the many important features of this book, the discussion on how or why an assessment center should be conducted, and the manner in which candidates are evaluated by the assessors is paramount. Concluding with numerous exercise plans, typical assessment center schedules, candidate evaluation and assessor feedback forms, this volume serves as a comprehensive textbook in administrator preparatory programs. Figures, appendixes, and index