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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

Take Part in Building New Zealand’s First HR Skills Tests

We have been working with Angela & Fraser Atkins at Elephant HR to develop a suite of New Zealand specific HR Knowledge Tests aimed at three levels of HR roles, with the intention of providing employers of HR professionals with an objective tool to support their recruitment and development decision making. The tests are written & almost ready to go, …