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Webcamtest Management Skills

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Webcamtest Management Skills consists of 10 situations. The duration to respond is about 45 minutes. A quiet place is required so that the candidates can give their answers without being disturbed. Within the Webcamtest the candidate can demonstrate the competencies needed for a certain task or role in their work, for instance the role of a manager. Situational Judgment Tests (SJT’s) measure insight and not necessarily effective use of this insight in practice. The Webcamtest offers information about insight and the effective use of this insight. Within the Webcamtest, short films of practical situations are presented. Professional actors were employed in filming the situations. During the short films the actor speaks to the candidate as in normal work situations. After seeing and hearing the situation, the candidate reacts spontaneously and verbally. This answer is recorded by a webcam (which is connected to the laptop computer) and uploaded to a server. Running the Webcamtest is simple: after providing the answer, the candidate presses the “next” button and the next situation is displayed on the monitor. This situation, in turn, may be initiated by clicking on it. After completion of the Webcamtest, reactions are played back and evaluated by professional assessors. They rate independently of one another. The raters are working online, on the basis of a set of comprehensive scoring instructions. The Webcamtest can be applied for selection and for coaching or training purposes. Advantages of the Webcamtest over the assessment center are: Limited operational costs:The actors have to play the situations only once. Greater degree of standardization: Each candidate is presented with the same situations. This enhances the reliability of the measurements. Increased flexibility: Assessors do not have to be present and can judge the material at a later point in time. Greater breadth of information: More situations may be presented in a short period of time.

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CamCoach Management Skills

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Candidates are presented with a host of situations, representative of difficulties and challenges they most likely will encounter in the course of their jobs. In these filmed situations, an actor speaks to them directly. After having seen the film, candidates can immediately respond to the situations, this response is recorded by a webcam. A brief description and example of what kind of reaction was favourable for the particular situation is shown, as well as indicators of a favourable reaction. In this way, trainees can compare their own reaction to the favourable one, which gives them immediate feedback as to how they performed. New recordings can be made, until the candidate is satisfied with his or her reaction. Currently, a version exists for sales skills. In our opinion, the tool will be useful for other skills, such as leadership skills and general social competencies in a work environment as well.  Opportunities offered by this method are: Candidates can take the training individually, without supervision. The means the method is very flexible: candidates can complete it at a place and time of their choosing. The CamCoach can be offered as an option in a development program in which trainees can compose their own program. The CamCoach can be used as preparation to a training program. By assigning trainees the CamCoach before starting training, a basic skills level can be achieved. Candidates can more easily identify learning points when they have already had to deal with practice situations. It can be used as part of a training.  Advantages compared to traditional role-play situations are that everyone will have a chance to participate in every situation.  After this, an actual role-play could take place. A larger learning effect can be achieved in this case, since candidates will be less bothered by cold feet. It can be used as part of an individual coaching programme. The CamCoach offers an opportunity to prepare for an assessment.

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