The selection of Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) is known to be extensive and highly selective. Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) has a six-stage procedure for ab initio applicants. It includes two rounds of cognitive ability testing, personality testing, two job sample tests, an interview, and an assessment centre (AC). This study examines the construct-and predictive validity of the AC using 15 dimension-scores as predictor variables, with the final score on a high-fidelity job sample test as the dependent variable (criterion). A Principal Component Analysis (PCA) of the 15 dimension-scores resulted in two components, one (inter)personal behaviour component and one performance component. The performance component was found to have a stronger correlation with the cognitive ability tests than the (inter)personal behaviour component. Eight of the 15 AC predictor variables had a significant positive correlation with the high-fidelity job sample test.
& Arnold, A. W.
(2021). The Role of a Group Assessment Centre in the Selection of Ab Initio Air Traffic Controllers. 38th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 19-24.