Psychometrical In-Baskets and Tests

Fact Finding Exercise Added to In-Basket

Many of our clients add fact finding to an in-basket exercise for several reasons. This addition provides more feedback on strengths and blind spots, offers relevant insights that prevent management bias, and supports better analysis and more effective decision-making. 

Fact Finding exercise is a fully online exercise with the report automatically created and emailed to you.

In-Basket Exercise

In the In-Basket exercise, participants are immersed in a management situation where they must achieve goals and effectively deploy their team. This exercise allows us to provide participants with relevant feedback on the following:

Fact Finding Exercise

In the fact finding exercise, the participant is given much less information and, on the contrary, much more time. And then the participant is faced with the question, What don’t I know? What do I need to get a grip on this situation. What do I need to be informed about?

That looks like this:

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At first glance, this may seem like a very easy situation. But it is precisely here that the participant must “find a way”. And that is first to investigate what information is needed. And that is why in this exercise the participant can “simply”: list what information he or she is going to request.

What the fact finding exercise usually reveals is:

Analyzing is hard work. Anyone can ask questions, and at the beginning participants boldly go about their business. But after asking a few questions, the momentum gets lost and they find that they still have plenty of time. Then the participant is challenged to think carefully about what information is needed and what is missing. To do a comprehensive and in-depth analysis requires hard work and skill.

The feedback from this exercise is important. Managers have their own backgrounds therefore their own strengths and their own perspectives. Therefore, there are also perspectives they miss and there is information they overlook. This limits their analysis of a situation. The feedback on these blind spots turns out to be of great value. Blind spots lead to decision bias. remedying that bias leads to better decisions.

Integration, Transparency, and Practical Application

The participant first completes the Fact Finding n exercise and then the In-Basket. The two parts, take place in the same context: in the same organization with the same people. This integration is very logical and transparent for the participant. And it is practical, because the Fact Finding exercise feels like a useful preparation for the In-Basket.

By linking these exercises together, participants see the direct application of their fact-finding efforts in their management approach. It is a seamless transition from information gathering to decision making. This ensures that participants understand the value of thoroughly gathering information and how it affects their decision-making process.
As part of the assessment center, it shows how people work in management role . How they analyze complex situations and whether they subsequently make the best decisions.

By integrating these exercises in this way, participants see the direct application of their fact-finding efforts in their management approach. It is a  seamless transition from gathering information to making decisions which ensures that participants understand the value of thoroughly gathering information and how it affects their decision-making process. Moreover, this integration helps build confidence in their ability to understand complex situations by methodically mapping out what they need to know and how to apply that information effectively. 

Comprehensive report and clear feedback

The report of this exercise provides two different types of feedback. First, it shows how the participant analyzes. How extensive is the scope? Are many in-depth questions asked or does it remain superficial? What are the focal points? And second, you can instantly see what management information the participant is looking for. Whether it’s about marketing or HR. Whether it’s about operational execution or strategy.

FAQ


FactFinding takes 30 minutes, which at first seems generous. Together with the in-basket, it is about an hour and a half.



It seems ample or even long. But it makes sense. We see that participants gather information in two waves. In that second wave, they often get around to exploring other information.

At this moment we offer Fact Finding in English (US+UK), German, french, Dutch, Italian

About 10 to 60 seconds. The report is generated automatically and then mailed to your address.