I was recently invited to write an article about developing effective assessments. In fact, I was asked to discuss how to ‘develop assessment tools that even an auditor would be proud of’. Now, it is great that an auditor loves your work, but ultimately the true test of a successful assessment tool is whether it is a good fit for the benchmark standards, the candidate/s and the workplace the competency is to be applied. Moreover, just because it looks good and ticks all the auditor’s boxes, this doesn’t necessarily make it right for all occasions.