Why Talented People Don’t Use Their Strengths

Experts have long encouraged people to “play to their strengths.” And why wouldn’t we want to flex our strongest muscle? But based on my observations, this is easier said than done. Not because it’s hard to identify what we’re good at. But because we often undervalue what we inherently do well. Often our “superpowers” are things we do effortlessly, almost reflexively, …

Why Do Some Job Adverts Put Women Off Applying?

Words matter. And the way we use them in job adverts can dictate whether or not people bother to apply. This is a big problem if you’re a business trying to recruit more women and ethnic minorities into your workforce. So can tech help remove these unconscious biases? A job description that uses the phrase “We’re looking for someone to …

It’s All In The Details: Testing Candidates Clerical Aptitude

How should an employer go about assessing a candidate’s likelihood of succeeding in a clerical/administration role, where the bulk of work is carried out over the phone or on a computer? Clerical aptitude is important for performing a wide variety of administration skills and tasks such as proofreading, filling out paperwork or online forms like spreadsheets, reading, inspecting, filing, and …

5 tips on finding candidates for hard-to-fill roles

When candidates are hard to find, employers need to think creatively to find hidden talent. Experts share five top tips for filling hard-to-fill roles. Reach out to universities and graduates Universities are often the source of future-skilled candidates, says Matthew Munson, General Manager at Talent International, a global technology and digital recruitment agency. Organisations can advise universities on course content to ensure …

Leaders From LinkedIn, Amazon, and Tesla Say These Are the 5 Trends Shaping Talent Development

Michael Schneider, Human Capital Specialist at Welltower recently published an article that flips conventional learning & development methods on their head.  An interview with leaders in the learning & development space reveals how technology will shape the future of corporate training. “While it’s relatively easy for competitors to implement technology similar to yours, duplicate your strategy, and even mimic your culture, they …

Data Collection, Storage and Privacy Policy for People Central

If you were following Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent day on Capitol Hill answering questions in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data collection scandal, you may wonder what happens to our users biodata when they complete one of our tests. If you’re unfamiliar with the details of the scandal and Facebook’s involvement in it, basically Facebook users’ personal data …

Are you 100% certain that your candidates are proficient in MS Office?

A hiring manager’s and candidate’s idea of “proficiency” in any given software system can be two very different things.  If you’re hiring for a position requiring Microsoft Office skills, then our blended Microsoft Office pre-employment skills test is exactly what you need to measure a candidate’s true depth of knowledge. The Microsoft Office skills test measures a candidate’s knowledge of …

Bolster your recruitment talent pool by overcoming bias and embracing diversity

New Zealand business leaders have been relatively quick to recognise the benefits diversity can bring to a business.  It’s no surprise that businesses who embrace diversity have enhanced decision making, increased engagement and greater access to top talent. Unfortunately, some recruitment processes haven’t kept up the pace in embracing diversity, whilst some recruiting people struggle to eliminate biases and stereotypes, …

Ready To Up Your Hiring Game?

When recruiting new employees into their organisations, most of our clients use our flagship product the “15FQ+”, which is a personality questionnaire designed to provide insight into how an individual may think, feel and interact in the workplace. This information is primarily used alongside other assessment methods to explore the match between the candidate and the role with a goal …