Question: When appointment decisions are concerned, is it helpful or counterproductive to discuss specific questions or assumptions concerning individual candidates with the consultants beforehand?
Answer: Both options have unique advantages and drawbacks: when a concrete set of questions is made available, the management appraisal can investigate these in a very focused and effectively verifying or falsifying process. This option is always recommended when particularly crucial and success-critical “particularities” need to be investigated in depth. In other constellations(especially when the purpose is to gain neutral information about the status quo or to find opportunities for personnel development), it helps to trust in the neutrality and impartiality of the consultants to provide a second opinion.
Question: How long does the process take until an appraisal is complete?
Answer: In a traditional management appraisal, the key findings (strengths and needs for development) are usually reported by phone or in person at the end of the day. A brief report is then prepared for a later review with the client.