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Where are successful businesses using Psychometric Testing reports in 2018?

This year, we have seen a dramatic increase in new clients, especially among businesses that last year might have described themselves as ‘start-ups’ & are now best described as rapidly growing successful outfits. As well as using testing & assessment when recruiting new senior staff, the savvy operators of these businesses have also extended the use of testing & assessment …

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Hiring the Perfect Professional. What should you be looking for?

In June 2016, Helen Brand, the CEO of ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) launched a report from an international study which identified seven attributes essential to success for accountants and finance professionals. Since then, we have presented a guide to accountants across New Zealand on how to assess whether accounting & finance candidates are likely to possess the attributes …

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The case against hiring like-minded people

Belinda Parkes, Freelance Journalist, April 2017 Do you trust your gut instinct when it comes to hiring? If you do, you could be giving the job to the person you like best, not necessarily the best person for the job. There is a difference. All of us carry unconscious biases that influence our perceptions and skew the weight we put …

Unemployable Graduates. A global crisis and how we might fix it

“In the UK, more than half of graduates are working in non-graduate roles, while in the US graduate unemployment  currently stands at 5.5%. After years of study and expense, what a shocking waste of talent and money and dreams. Year after year however I listen to concerned clients of Hays who are worried that each fresh wave of graduates simply …

Managing Counter Offers

Whether you’re a recruitment consultant, in-house recruiter or business owner, the counter-offer scenario will be a familiar exasperation.   After all the hours and effort of a selection process, you’re hard won final stage candidate is offered the job, only to turn it down when offered a pay rise by their current employer, or use the counter-offer as a new …

Making the Most of Personality Profile Reports

Perhaps one of the reasons some people complain about the perceived high cost of personality profiling is that they consistently fail to utilise the full value of the information they have gathered in the selection process. From the employers perspective, most of the time the profile report gains the full attention of the selection panel before and during the interview, …

Online Candidate Testing & Assessment. Balancing benefits against risks

Busy schedules and expectations from clients, candidates and society in general that interactions and processes are conducted online have had a much debated effect on how psychometric and other assessments are conducted. In just the past two years, we have seen and led that change to the point where we have conducted traditional in-person supervised testing sessions about twice a …

Valuing Abstract Reasoning Tests

I was prompted to write this after several recent experiences of clients and enquirers asking why they should take abstract reasoning scores seriously and even asking for the test to be removed from the ability test battery so they could concentrate on numerical, verbal and checking scores. The common theme in all these conversations was that the value of how …