CV or Resume – Are They Worth The Paper They Are Printed On?

October 17, 2016
This is a Brief Article.

Those of you who work with AssessSystems know my attitude on the value of CVs.
Probably the only thing a CV will tell you is how good a writer the candidate is (or someone else!).

Here’s some frightening statistics (albeit US based) from Statistic Brain.

Their research shows that 53% of CVs contain falsifications. This figure is in keeping with other research I have seen that goes as high as 68%.
Are You Still Flogging a Dead Horse?

October 7, 2016

This is a Podcast – 6 Minutes

Every week I talk to organisations who are struggling with their recruitment process (usually there isn’t one!), trying to avoid hiring their next personal grievance.  Or, others who are trying to manage their way around a couple of non-performers or extremely difficult employees (they originally hired the wrong person!).

I love these challenges, because the recommended courses of action are easy, inexpensive and get results! However, in many cases these organisations find Continue reading

5 Best Hiring Practices – How to Turn the Unpredictable into Predictable

September 21, 2016

This is an Infographic.

Just the mere mention of the word makes you a little uncomfortable, doesn’t it? Let’s use it in a few sentences:

“That car’s performance is unpredictable.”

“The dog’s behavior is unpredictable.”

“The weather today is unpredictable.”

There’s nothing feel good about any of these. How about this one?

“It’s unpredictable how the new hire will do.”

No hiring manger wants to hear this, but what can be done to  Continue reading

Online Reference Checking That’s Predictive

September 14, 2016

This is a Podcast – 30 minutes

My special show guest today is Vincent Smith, the Director of Strategic Channels at

Vince has spent many years in the recruitment and assessment industries. He is the co-creator of the powerful online tool called ChequedReference™.

This is an advanced pre-employment screening tool that automates candidate reference checking.

It was developed in conjunction with leading behavioral scientists at the State University of New York at Albany. It makes your screening and Continue reading

Automate Your Reference Checking – Better Results, Less Cost

This is a brief ARTICLE

Still enjoy playing telephone tag with a candidate’s referees? Technology now allows you to do this process online and automatically. Here are six things you may not have known about this very common — and very crucial recruitment practice:

1. Reference Checks and Background Checks Are Not the Same Thing

2. More Than Half of All Resumes and Job Applications Contain Untruths*

3. Traditional Reference Checks Can Take Weeks to Complete

4. Continue reading

8 Reason to Use Assessments for Retail Hiring

August 24, 2016

This is an Infographic

Hiring good retail sales people is difficult for most retail owners as they are still hiring ‘like it’s 1999’.

Using assessments within the hiring process will ensure you are assessing the innate customer service and selling attributes that will drive greater product turnover at point of sale.

This infographic give you a quick overview of what you need to measure, and why!

Call us for a quick demo on how we can help you assess ANY Continue reading

The Advantage of Job Benchmarking When Using Employee Profiling (Job Fit)

This is an Article 

What is the Advantage of Benchmarking Jobs?

Many assessment products that purport to be designed for hiring and promotion decisions only provide information about the candidate, with no reference to the position for which they are being considered. The Prevue Assessment compares candidates against Prevue Benchmarks: a customized job fit profile that describes the ideal candidate characteristics for the positions in your organization.

When you view Prevue Reports that use a Prevue Benchmark, you get Continue reading

About to Hire? Here’s Your 4 Critical Planning Questions

This is a Podcast – 8 Minutes

Here are the four suggested areas that are critical to address when planning to hire a new employee. Obviously the job role will dictate the weight given to each, or whether assessment is need in that area at all.

Can they do it? This relates to specific job knowledge, skills, training, and education. This is learned behaviour.

How will they do it? This is innate behaviour – attitude, initiative, motivation, interests etc.

Are Continue reading

What Are the Most Desirable Attributes of Successful Employees?

July 24, 2016

This is a Podcast – 8 Minutes  

Back in the early 90s two well respected Organisational Psychologist, Drs. David Bartram and Patricia Lindley, set out to construct a new psychometric assessment. They wanted to ensure their new tool would measure the key attributes and abilities that best identified “job-fit”. Obviously, their first question was, “What are these?”

In this podcast I outline Bartram and Lindley’s findings and their tool that enables you to reliable measure these and align them Continue reading