Our History and Background
Founded by Richard Joines in 1980, MPS began by conducting full-scale assessment centers around the country, often in litigious settings. Starting in 1988, MPS became a test publisher as well by making its General Management In-Basket (GMIB) available on a rental basis, with the client administering the test and sending it in to MPS for scoring. Other written simulation tests soon followed, including the Work Team Simulator, Customer Service Simulator, Supervisory Simulator, Team Leader Simulator, and Management Report. In addition, we also provided the full range of oral assessment exercises, including processes such as Leaderless Group Discussions, Employee Performance Counseling, and many others -- all of which the client videotaped according to our instructions, then sent in to us for scoring and feedback reports.
As the internet era unfolded, we put our first test online in 2004. This proved challenging as most of our clients had dial-up connections, but as time passed and the internet became more stable with DSL and cable, we devoted more and more effort to getting all of our written tests online. And as the internet has taken hold, we have greatly improved our efficiency and changed our reporting methods so that all of our results are now sent as pdf files, and are typically sent either the same day or next day, depending on the number of candidates.
When a client uses our simulation tests, we do the scoring and always supply feedback reports. For interview processes that we develop, we supply detailed interview guides and scoring systems so that our clients are not burdened with training their raters. All that is required is to provide 60-75 minutes for oral board members to review the interview guide that we supply, then they may proceed on their own to conduct the process.
Our General Management In-Basket (GMIB) is the most widely-used managerial assessment test in existence. The GMIB solved many of the problems associated with traditional in-baskets, such as unreliability in scoring and subjective rating criteria. The GMIB has been used across the U.S. and Canada. It is backed by over 50 research studies that investigated its validity and reliability. It is the only in-basket ever included in Buros’ Mental Measurements Yearbook (12th edition, 1995). The GMIB is the premier instrument for selecting managers. It is also a powerful tool for evaluating a manager’s developmental needs.
Track Record & Goals
In the entire history of MPS, there has never been an exam overturned by a candidate challenge. Our tests are very accepted by candidates owing to their obvious job-relatedness, but we also have conducted numerous empirical validity studies. We consider it very important to maintain our perfect track record.
We are a client-centered firm. Our principal goal is to ensure that each and every exam we conduct meets with the approval and satisfaction of our client.