Mental Ability Testing – 5 Common Myths Debunked

October 17, 2017

This is a Podcast – 8.30 Minutes

There are many myths surrounding cognitive ability testing – often referred to as a mental ability tests. What do these tests measure? In short, intelligence. According to Spearman (2005), intelligence is something that helps people to solve problems, when the elements can be apprehended by almost anyone. Most cognitive ability tests measure numerical, verbal, and spatial ability. They are very efficient at explaining how well a recruit will solve problems and learn new Continue reading

Union Threatens Legal Action on IRD for Using Psychometric Assessments

October 10, 2017

This is a Brief Article

So the Public Service Association are throwing their toys out of the cot because the IRD wants to conduct a robust hiring process for their upcoming restructuring.

Erin Polaezuk, the National Secretary, calls these ‘tests’ absurd and labels them pseudo-scientific. A classic case of moral panic. Interesting, one could counter-punch by pointing out that her comments,  based on personal observation are true pseudo-science at work!

One could imagine how many of the original IRD Continue reading

More Scientific Proof of the Benefit of Using Employee Assessments

October 8, 2017

This is a Podcast – 12.30 Minutes (You can download the referred academic paper from the link below) 

Here at AssessAdvantage, we are often asked to explain why the Prevue Assessment, that measures General Mental Ability, Interest/Motivation and the Big Five personality traits, is one the best available measures of job fit to identify the best job applicants.

Although we provide in-depth technical documentation to support the validity, reliability and fairness of the Prevue Assessment, we can now Continue reading

7 Areas to Cover When Recruiting and Hiring New Employees

September 22, 2017

This is a Podcast – 8.45 Minutes Long

Hiring new employees is no “walk in the park”. My grandmother taught me to always invest in quality up front to save waste and agony down the line. “Gut feel” hiring, or taking the easy road and relying on third parties to do the job for you goes against grandma’s wisdom.

Great talent rarely falls from the sky – you have to put in a lot of hard, diligent detective work to Continue reading

7 Reasons Why Reference Checking Fails (And How to Rectify)

August 17, 2017

This is a Brief Article

STOP playing telephone tag! The failure of today’s Reference Checking process can be blamed on the use of the telephone. All of the seven reasons below can be addressed by changing your strategy. Like most of your other business processes, online technology is your panacea.

All of the seven reasons in this article can be addressed by changing your strategy. Like most of your other business processes, online technology is your panacea.

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About to Hire? The CV and Interview Are Your Poorest Hiring Tools

August 4, 2017

This is a Podcast – 6.5 minutes

When it comes to hiring, most managers only use a CV and an interview to make the big call on who to throw an average of forty-five thousand dollars to!

A bad hire cost about 2.5X an employee’s annual salary!

CVs and interviews represent around 20% of hiring effectiveness.

You need to get the big picture.

You need to understand those soft innate skills that are impossible to get from CV and interview. Continue reading

Online Reference Checking – The New Wave in Recruitment

July 25, 2017

This is a Podcast – 7 Minutes

It’s a given, using past performance to predict future performance is the most critical measure in the hiring process.

Committing to a new hire is a big deal. Whether you’re hiring hourly employees or corporate leaders, you’ve spent money and man hours to recruit, assess, and interview many (or most) of your qualified candidates.

Before you extend an offer to the top contender(s), you need to be Continue reading

Hiring New Staff is Akin to Apple Picking – The Skin May be Rosy, But the Core Rotten.

June 15, 2017

This is a Brief Article:

You might well be thinking, what does apple picking have to do with hiring people? So let’s explain…

Whether interviewing a prospective employee, considering why a colleague, or friend prefers to behave in a certain way (perhaps in a very different way from yourself), or reflecting on your own behavioural style and stress levels, I think we all agree that we are all different to a smaller or greater degree. At the core of Continue reading

10 Reasons For Using Employee Assessments in You Next Hiring Round

June 9, 2017

This is a Brief Article:

More than 75% of Fortune 500 companies utilize some form of employee assessment (psychometric profiling) in recruitment. This is mainly problem solving tests and Personality Measures aligned to job fit.

We’ve put together ten reasons why every hiring manager should use some form of job fit assessment measure to understand a candidate’s innate behaviours BEFORE they hire!

Read and download this brief one-pager HERE 

What Do Employees Really Want in a Job?

May 23, 2017

This Is A Brief Article:

I recently came across an employee survey that was conducted by authors Steve Lauer and Jack Gebhardt as part of their preparation for an HR book.  Although these results are American based, I think they are interesting and could give us some “food for thought” in respect of employee retention.  The survey was an informal one based on entry-level job positions. Here are just some of the results…

The most common reason for Continue reading