Additionally, in response to the demand for engaging self-assessment tools that can be completed on demand with immediate feedback, HumRRO has taken advantage of its innovative, rich-media capabilities to create online simulations that present content-valid scenarios to evoke targeted competencies. Some of these assessments include video-based situational judgment tests (SJTs) in which the user reacts to various situations. Their responses provide information about their standing on multiple competencies. Our virtual role plays (VRPs) offer an even more engaging experience for the user. Participants adopt a persona (e.g., HR practitioner, first-line supervisor) and they are presented with a complex situation. They interact with a variety of people during the assessment to gather information and address a broad set of challenges. Through intelligent branching, the scenario content evolves on the basis of the participant’s choices, resulting in a truly customized assessment. Further, our design process ensures that all targeted competencies are assessed, regardless of the user’s chosen “path” through the VRP. Assessment users receive a feedback report that includes both their results (presented in tables and graphs) and customized developmental opportunities linked to each competency.
We have created developmental online simulations for several clients, including supervisors and managers at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), HR practitioners for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), as well as for three different leadership levels within the Department of Defense for the Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service (DCPAS).