The latest upwards stock market performance of SEEK tells us what most savvy recruiters (in Australia) already know – social media is nowhere near being the top medium for employers wanting to find their next employee.
While we are obviously strong advocates of the benefits of psychometric testing, we are also open about when testing should be applied and perhaps of more relevance, when the benefits may not justify the time, effort or cost.
The most important aspect to understand in this discussion is what is meant by the term “testing” versus the terms “psychometric” or “personality typing”
Over the last ten years, there has been ongoing debate about which step in the recruitment process is the most important. My view over this period has remained unchanged – ie: all the major steps are so important, that leaving any of them out would be negligent on the part of the recruiter (whether they are an agency recruiter or the employer).
Those key steps are: interviewing, psychometric testing and reference checking.
The use of contractors instead of full time employees is an employment option that is growing in popularity.
More and more, a significant percentage of the ‘work’ that gets done in organisations has a short-term or ‘project’ focus to it.
A growing number of job seekers are happy to commence employment on a fixed term basis (contract), and then if both sides are mutually happy, move to full-time employment status.
If you’re an employer that hasn’t explored this option before, here are just some of the potential benefits:
In our never ending attempts to really know our preferred candidates, the role of reference checking remains as crucial as ever.
Done correctly (that means obtaining the right information) it ranks alongside psychometric testing and interviewing as one of the most reliable predictors of on-the-job performance.
However there’s one small point that occasionally trips up employers – and even some experienced recruiters. It’s the subject of “checking the referees”.
New data is available which tells us that where you advertise your job vacancy is more important than ever in determining whether you will receive enough applications. So what’s changed and what do you need to know?
With the myriad of privacy and employment laws dictating what can and can’t be discussed at interview, what can you do as an employer when there’s more you want to know more about your preferred candidate before you make them a job offer?
Here’s an instance where doing something small can go a long way to securing the right candidate.
Consider for a moment how you go about recruiting. How well structured is your process? Even if you’ve still got some way to go in creating a repeatable and effective recruitment process, the following is a simple idea that’s well worth implementing.
Recently, there’s been a rapid growth of “service providers” on the Internet that offer interview coaching to candidates in a bid to improve their chances of securing employment.