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”
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”.
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.
Occasionally, an employer will proudly tell me how they have “researched” their candidates by checking their Facebook page. My first question is always: What did you learn?
If they tell me they were concerned by pictures suggesting the candidate is a “party animal”, it immediately takes me to my second question: How did the candidate perform during their phone screening, interview and reference checking?
This may be obvious to most employers, but it’s worth covering for those that maybe aren’t getting the job advert response they would like.
In the rush to be a part of the social media networking craze, you need to pause and understand whether your brand will help or hinder you when it comes to attracting good candidates.
I’m often asked – what’s the most important thing about writing an effective job advert?
One of the sad but undeniable truths about effective job adverts is that a competitive salary package will have to be announced in some way. You possibly don’t need to spell out the dollar amount but at the very least your advert will have to cover the subject.