Introduction to the Assessment Decision Tool
About the Assessment Decision Tool
Welcome to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's Assessment Decision Tool (ADT).
This automated system is part of OPM's recent efforts to help Federal agencies evaluate
and improve their hiring processes to ensure the Federal Government has an effective
civilian workforce. The system is designed to help human resources professionals
and hiring supervisors/managers develop assessment strategies targeted to specific
competencies and other situational factors relevant to their hiring situation (e.g.,
volume of applicants, level of available resources).
How Do You Use the Assessment Decision Tool?
The ADT is designed to provide you with customized information based on your specific
hiring needs. Interacting with the tool is straightforward. The process is outlined
Step 1: Indicate Your General Purpose
First, you will need to indicate if you would like to use the tool to find out more
about a particular assessment method, or if you want to use the tool to help you
develop an assessment strategy tailored to your hiring situation.
Step 2: Provide Further Information
If you indicate you want to use the tool to find out more about a particular assessment
method, you will have a chance to specify the method of interest to you.
The system will present information from the
Assessment Decision Guide
and you will be able to learn more about the assessment method you selected.
If you indicate you want to use the tool to develop an assessment strategy,
you will begin the process of describing your hiring situation.
You will have the chance of describing your situation in terms
of the competencies required for your job of interest and
optionally specify situational factors relevant to your hiring situation.
Where you start is up to you!
Step 3: Review and Print Summary Reports
Based on the information you provide in Step 2, the tool will generate a customized
report for you to review. You will have the option to save the information to a PDF or an accessible HTML
file for future reference and ease of printing.
What Can You Do When Having Questions or Problems?
If you experience any problems while using the ADT or have questions about what
to do, please submit a query at the technical support page. If you have questions
or comments on the content of the ADT, please send an e-mail to