To receive BIG People accreditation, it is necessary to demonstrate the required standards of personal competence. We establish whether you satisfy these requirements by mean of our Virtual Assessment Centre. This is an innovative approach, which permits each of the several elements under assessment to be separately submitted over a period of time. This briefing document explains the process of what you need to do and the different elements of the SILVER level assessment.
You will be assessed in terms of 5 criteria:
• Big Self-Awareness
• Big Learning
• Big Skills
• Big Presence
• Big Thinking
If you have already completed the Big People Development Programme at either the Bronze or the Silver levels, then you will already understand the essence of these criteria and what they mean in practice. You will also appreciate the higher levels of capability that are expected in the criteria at the Silver level. If you intend to present yourself for assessment without first having gone through any of our development programmes, then we recommend that you familiarise yourself beforehand with them and with what is expected of Big People at the Silver level.
You will be assessed on the basis of a combination of information obtained from 5 sources:
• The Self Presentation
• The Psychometric Assessment
• The Interview
• The Group Facilitation Task
• The Self & Peer Assessment
Each of these constitutes an important element in the overall assessment process.
You need to make and submit a concise and impactful presentation about yourself. This may be delivered either ‘live’ in the course of one of our periodic, scheduled assessment days, or by means of a video recording of you making your presentation. Your presentation is limited to an absolute maximum of 20 minutes duration. Other than that, there is no prescribed format. You are free to use the self-presentation to show- case yourself and your self-awareness, learning, skills, presence and thinking capabilities as you see fit. The purpose of this element of the assessment process is to give you a stage and a piece of uninterrupted air-time in which to make the case for your capabilities in your own words and your own way. Be sure to use this opportunity to provide evidence that goes beyond the expectations of our Bronze level and reflects the standards of the Silver level criteria. This is an important platform from which to demonstrate that you are someone with the track record and competencies to be a ‘big’ team leader and facilitator.
The Psychometric Assessment
If you have not already done so, or if it is more than two years since you last did so, you will need to complete a set of psychometric questionnaires, using our adopted assessment system, LaunchPad. We use this integrated battery of rigorously-researched instruments, because it is a fundamental principle of sound assessment that multiple perspectives are essential in order to obtain an objective and reliable picture. In our experience LaunchPad provides an exceptionally broad, balanced and well-nuanced set of indicators about the individual and the nature of their preferred responses to different types of context. While it includes two short reasoning tests, which are of obvious significance for those whose roles involve decision-making and judgement, LaunchPad focuses primarily on various facets of personality that are particularly relevant to the world of work and the challenge of leadership. There are of course no right or wrong answers for these questionnaires. They help not only to highlight your distinctive personal styles, motivations and interests but also to give some indication of your preferences, range and flexibility. In the context of the Big Silver assessment your psychometric profile is certainly not a test to be passed or failed. It does however play a very important part in clarifying and corroborating your performance on the other elements of the assessment process and in providing additional focus for the interview.
You need to complete a personal interview with one of our qualified assessors. The interview may be conducted during one of our periodic, scheduled assessment centres, but will more commonly be conducted by skype using webcam to make it easier for you to complete this element of the assessment process at a time and location of your choosing without the inconvenience and expense of having to make special travel arrangements. The interview will focus closely on the specifics of your past experience with particular reference to your experience in the provision of leadership and in the facilitation of groups and teams. You must expect your interviewer to probe deeply for detailed evidence of real competence in terms of our 5 criteria of self-awareness, learning, skills, presence and thinking. If you previously been through our Bronze level assessment, then you will already have encountered the very useful technique of ‘critical incident’ interviewing, which is designed to make interviews more productive for both interviewer and interviewee alike by facilitating the retrieval of real experiences. You will also know that it is not an uncomfortable experience, except of course for those who have not prepared for the interview by reflecting and reminding themselves about the most memorable and formative episodes of their careers. If, on the other hand, you have no prior experience of ‘critical incident’ interviewing, then we very strongly recommend that you do some research to familiarise yourself with the technique beforehand. You should expect your interview to last not less than one hour.
Group Facilitation Task
You need to take part in a set of group tasks with a number of peers, who are also presenting themselves for assessment at the Big People Silver level, and who may well be people you have not previously met. The nature of this element of the assessment is such that you need to be observed ‘in action, in real time’ by our assessors. Consequently, it will take place at one of our venues as part of one of our periodic, scheduled assessment days. These take place at regular intervals and in various locations, so there will be ample opportunity for you to complete this element of the assessment process. When you attend, this element of your Silver level assessment will require approximately half a day of your time. During that half day you will be a member of several small groups confronted with a requirement to achieve particular tasks within a constrained period of time. For at least one of these tasks you will be required to take the role of facilitator and it will be your self-awareness, learning, skills, presence and thinking in that respect which will be assessed.
Self & Peer Assessment
This is specifically designed to be the final element of the assessment process. You will need to complete a retrospective self-assessment of your own performance in the earlier elements of the assessment, that is the Self-Presentation, The Interview and The Group Facilitation Task. You will be asked to identify where you believe you performed well, where you felt you had been less effective, what you would do differently with hindsight, and what lessons, personal insights and intentions you are taking away from these earlier experiences. In addition to this self-assessment, you will also be given the opportunity to offer an assessment of peers with whom you have worked in the course of the Group Facilitation Task. You will be invited to identify any individuals whose capabilities particularly impressed you and who would, in your estimation, be effective as ‘big’ team leaders and facilitators.