Article

Current Theory and Practice of Assessment Centers: The Importance of Trait Activation

Filip Lievens, Liesbet De Koster and Eveline Schollaert

in The Oxford Handbook of Personnel Psychology

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199234738
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199234738.003.0010

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Current Theory and Practice of Assessment Centers: The Importance of Trait Activation

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Business and Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Theory and Behaviour

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

Assessment centers have always had a strong link with practise. This link is so strong that the theoretical basis of the workings of an assessment center is sometimes questioned. This article posits that trait activation theory might be fruitfully used to explain how job-relevant candidate behavior is elicited and rated in assessment centers. Trait activation theory is a recent theory that focuses on the person–situation interaction to explain behavior based on responses to trait-relevant cues found in situations. These observable responses serve as the basis for behavioral ratings on dimensions used in a variety of assessments such as performance appraisal and interviews, but in also assessment centers. The article starts by explaining the basic tenets behind the assessment center method and trait activation theory. It shows how trait activation theory might have key implications for current and future assessment center research. The article also provides various directions for future assessment center studies.

Keywords: assessment center; trait activation theory; candidate behavior; person–situation interaction; performance appraisal; interviews

Article.  7445 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Human Resource Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.