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What is an in basket?

What is an online in-basket in an assessment center?

An In-Basket is just like the job 
What is an in basketFor us an in-basket is a “real life simulation”. Simulation is a rather general description. Examples of simulations: in baskets, on line management exercises, SJT’s, role play etc. An in basket is a more specific term: an exercise in an assessment center in which the participant handles a certain amount of email. For each mail or message the participant has several options: facts to analyze, decisions to make, tasks to delegate.

An online in basket is about decision making
The main question in any assessment center: Will this candidate get us the results we need? Therefore, decision making is the most important part of the in basket: several goals are to be achieved and each decision or action should add to the achievement of these goals.

An online in basket is reliable
In our In Baskets, the participant decides on a large amount of options, decisions and actions. (In Lakeview (our basic in basket) the maximum number of decisions is 160). These large numbers of options make the measurements of an in basket very reliable.
To get reliable and valid feedback on all candidates you need objective and standardized scoring. This is achieved in all our online in-baskets. Our online in baskets wil get you the best objective feedback on assessment dimensions. The most important feedback  in our in baskets: does the candidate get results?

An online in basket is easy to use

The paper-and-pencil in baskets in the old days were really time consuming. Modern online in baskets are easily applied. They take less time to apply and the automated scorings is reliable and quick. A report is delivered in less then a minute.

Numbers and facts

  • An on-line in basket takes between 1 and 1,5  hour in your assessment center. Lakeview takes 50 minutes and Utopia takes 90 minutes
  • Scoring and generating the report  takes 15 seconds max. A pdf is mailed to your adress
  • In baskets are on line and available for participants anywhere in the world.
  • In baskets come in several languages. Our in basket Highlight is even available in Mandarin.



InBasket Lakeview, in-basket for planning skills. Modern and efficient. The most studied and best standardized in basket for assessment. Determine in one hour whether someone can plan and organize. Read more …..

Highlight Mailbox, management simulation at college and university level
This simulation gives you much more than the assessment of management skills. Highlight determines the effective management of people, customers and money.  Read more …..

Utopia, judgment and decision making at the top. Strategizing, judgment. Knowing how they think. What information is used. How information is weighted. What is the rate at which the decision is made?  That’s what you measure with Utopia. The Utopia simulation is highly rated by participants. Read more …..




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