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Competence analysis of executives

The process steps

Understanding needs

At the beginning of an executive assessment or management audit - in the course of an intensive discussion between the client and BludauPartners - the basic objectives, the requirements of a project and the project organization are agreed upon. In addition to the content and the time schedule, all deadlines are set.

The concrete requirements

Based on the preceding briefing interview, the consultants of BludauPartners draw up a competence profile that contains the elementary requirements and success factors of the project. On the one hand, the focus is on the technical and content-related competencies of a position, and on the other hand on the soft factors and skills of a manager. In addition, the corporate goals and visions as well as the culture and environment of an organization are also taken into account to be able to accurately determine the relevant success factors.

The transparent approach

In the next step, the managers to be audited are informed about the objectives and the project organization already defined. In this phase, the involvement of all participants is a crucial factor for success, so the assessment procedure is approached with a positive attitude. The handling of all confidential, personal information must also be defined before the procedure is carried out.

The main part

After the candidates to be audited have been informed about the general conditions, the actual executive assessment procedure follows at the fixed dates. This consists of three core elements, which are individually adapted and supplemented by further modules if required.

Personality tests

Using a scientifically valid and proven psychometric personality test, BludauPartners consultants obtain a first impression of the personality profiles and behavioral patterns of the candidates to be audited. The choice of personality test depends on the requirements and the objective of the assessment procedure.

In-depth interviews

The main component of the BludauPartners Executive Assessment is an in-depth interview lasting several hours, which - in order to ensure objectivity - is conducted by two experienced consultants. In addition to behavioral patterns in past situations, expectations for the future, social components, personal characteristics and competencies are analyzed. If similar behavior patterns occur repeatedly, this can be an indication that candidates will react similarly in comparable situations in the future.

References and 360° feedback

Through references and 360° feedback, BludauPartners' consultants are able to further consolidate the impression gained so far, but also to assess the candidate's ability to integrate into the existing team. Since the limits of the upstream personality test and the interview lie in the assessment of leadership behavior, the interaction with the direct professional environment and the interaction in the (future) team represents a decisive component of the BludauPartners Executive Assessment. Here, the focus is not only on recording and condensing various opinions, but also on carrying out a cross-check of the analysis results from the interview.

The substantiated conclusion

After a successful completion of the Executive Assessment process, a comprehensive report of each participant is prepared. This contains an individual description of the candidate with the essential information gained from the psychometric personality test, the interview and the references. The report is supplemented by a comparison between the company or the position-specific competency model and the individual profile.

Supplementary the experienced consultants of BludauPartners derive a report on the entire organization, as they - due to the numerous interviews and reference discussions - receive not only the information about the considered candidates but also a multitude of hints about the cooperation of the acting executives as well as the current situation of the company.

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