June 15, 2017
Hiring New Staff is Akin to Apple Picking – The Skin May be Rosy, But the Core Rotten.

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

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June 9, 2017
10 Reasons For Using Employee Assessments in You Next Hiring Round

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 

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April 21, 2017
Using Psychological Assessments for Business – Why the Fear?

This is a Brief Guest Article

Although we are Organisational Psychologists, we tend to stay away from the word ‘psychologist’. It’s a noun that breeds the fear into even the strongest CEO. Business leaders and owners have the impression we are ‘brain scanning’ and that our occupation is aligned to the ‘dark side’ 🙂

Another word we drop from our vocabulary is, ‘test’ – it’s a word that implies pass or fail. Assessing candidates for employment is all about Continue reading

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March 3, 2017
Testing Job Candidates – Personality Verses Behaviour

This is An Article

I am re-posting this article after yet another prospective client approached us today trying to decide between test A, or B.

My first action was to ask the test publisher (or in most cases their distributor) one important question. “Can this tool be legally defended – and will the publisher carry the weight of that defense?” Many employee profiling tools are not legally defensible.

There are many occasions were I come across organisations that are using Continue reading

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June 3, 2016
What Are The Three Main Pre-Hiring Tests?

This is a Podcast – 6 minutes

According to the Aberdeen Group, the world’s leading B2B researchers and business data analysts, 2/3rds of the world’s top companies use pre-hiring assessments.

But, not all assessment (employment tests, employment profiles) have the same purpose.

In this podcast we briefly outline the top three. What they are, what they test for and when to use them

Pre-employment tests are used to narrow candidates down to evaluate the very best job fit

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November 29, 2015
Why Use Psychological Pre-Employment Assessments? How Can They Help You Avoid Hiring The Wrong Person?

This is a Podcast

Welcome to Episode 6 (8 minutes) of The Tips For Hiring Show with Rob McKay MA(Hons) Organisational Psychology.

In this week’s show we address the questions: Why use a psychological test within your selection process? Aren’t they expensive? Aren’t these type of testing only used for top executive appointments?  Don’t I need special training, or a Psychologist to conduct and interpret test results? These are common questions the team at AssessAdvantage field everyday. Psychological testing Continue reading

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February 18, 2015
PeopleCLUES Upgrades 2015  – Psychometric  Employment Assessment

Improvements to PeopleCLUES Assessments

Shorter Personality and Attitude Assessments

We’ve listened to your feedback and have built an assessment that still provides great information on your applicants with fewer questions! The Personality assessment is going from 70 questions to 45 questions. The Attitude assessment is going from 140 questions (all scales) to 45 questions (all scales).

Attitude Report – Improved Reporting Graphics

The reports for the shortened assessments now more closely resemble the existing Job Fit report. Hiring managers can Continue reading

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December 4, 2014
Thick as a Brick

My mum was a woman of clichés, yes, I know, I am my mother’s son! When she got frustrated with people who were struggling to ‘get it’ she would always say, “Gosh, he’s as thick as a brick”. Last week was a week of dealing with “bricks”.

Two weeks ago I imported a batch of assessments from an Australian supplier. Basically a ream of paper. The goods landed in Auckland via UPS 7 days ago. I had a phone call Continue reading

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