Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why should I use testing and assessment when recruiting someone?
A: Interviews and reference checks alone are poor predictors of success in any job. Testing and assessment supports the recruitment process by providing objective information to help employers make informed selection decisions and development plans to get new staff up to speed as swiftly as possible.
Q: What do People Central tests and assessments measure?
A: The three core elements - personality, ability and skills.
Q: How do I pick the right tests or assessments for our organisation or job?
A: By determining the essential criteria associated with success in that job or organisation. Position Descriptions are a good starting point and you can always discuss your requirements with us for guidance.
Q: How does the process work for testing candidates?
A: Very simply. All we need to proceed is candidates name, email address and contact phone number. We call candidates, send them a link to their assessment and address any queries or concerns they have before starting.
Q: How soon do I get results and reports?
A: We pride ourselves on ensuring you get all the benefits from candidate testing and assessment without slowing the process down and have a service level agreement of getting results to you within 24hrs of candidates completing their assessment. With notice, we can deliver a ‘same day’ service.
Q: How do I make sense of the results and reports?
A: A qualified & experienced testing and assessment professional will take you and your selection panel through your candidates reports, highlighting potential strengths and concerns, and taking you through interview questions to address those concerns with candidates & their referees to ensure you get as much as possible from every assessment, every time.
Q: Should I use testing and assessment for Team Development/Team Building?
A: Yes, absolutely. Personality profiling identifies team roles, leadership and influencing styles, enabling business owners and managers to identify strengths and blind-spots in teams, potential for conflict among team members and team-wide development priorities. Find out more here.
Q: Should I give candidates copies of their reports?
A: There is a wealth of evidence to support communicating all testing and assessment reports with all candidates, including unsuccessful candidates who tend to talk positively about your employer brand when they receive useful information to assist their ongoing job search. Unsuccessful candidates chatting about being disappointed in how you handled their application on social media is best avoided.
Q: How much do these tests cost?
A: Testing pricing depends on which tests and assessments are chosen, starting with software and skills tests at $127, through to full personality profiling at $495. If you’re shopping purely on price, we’re not the cheapest as we only use products that have passed stringent validity and reliability tests and are relevant to New Zealand's population.
Contact us today to see how ability tests can help you choose the right candidate for the job and make the most of your existing workforce.
Steve assisted us with team development and personality testing for our Head of Departments. The feedback from the staff was that they all felt really comfortable with Steve and found his hands on approach going through their personality profiles a very informative, positive and helpful one. It was a great exercise as it helped our team all recognise each other’s different strengths and approaches and in turn work better together. Steve was always very prompt with replying to correspondence and more than happy to help with any questions during the process. Overall a really good experience and we would look to use Steve again in the near future for other areas of our organisation.
People Central have always being able to locate valid and reliable Testing & Assessment products suitable for our varied professional and technical roles. Any organisation looking to step up their staff selection and development processes should give them a call.
I have found People Central really helpful in providing testing services for critical positions in my faculty. They have a good range of tests to choose from and the service is quick and friendly. The follow up is marvellous. They provide a great additional input into the staff selection process.
Firstlight Foods utilises the assistance of People Central during our recruiting process. One of the services provided by People Central is the opportunity to objectively test the competencies of an applicant and this is an important part of the decision making process when selecting new team members for our business. Their advice is both timely and professional.
Great service – really sharpened our process and our evaluation of candidates, uncovering some surprising information on the way. Support from People Central was comprehensive and insightful. We would definitely use them again.
What would a salesperson operating at 120% of their target be bringing into your business? What would a poor selection decision of someone delivering only 50% of their target be doing to your bottom line? If selecting the sales staff most likely to succeed in your business is important to you, then talk to People Central.
Vo2 engages the services of People Central to assist in our recruitment selection process. Getting the right people on board is absolutely critical to our on-going success, and the team at People Central have an impressive arsenal of testing and profiling tools available to assist in this. In addition to the “soft” skills profiling, they have a wide range of technical/IT based tests that help us determine technical capability before someone joins the organisation. This enables us to bring people on with no surprises, and also to plan their development and training needs before they even step through the door! A big thanks to the team at People Central for the on-going prompt and informed support.
NZCU Baywide has found great benefit in People Central’s services, particularly in relation to psychometric testing. This process really validates the assumptions we have made during our selection process. We’ve found it gives us a great understanding of what will motivate an individual in a work situation, we can also measure their working style and discover their strengths and weaknesses. It also provides us with information as to that candidate’s future performance. These are key factors in matching an applicant to a position as it’s essential to get the right person at the outset. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend People Central to other would-be employers: We really value Steve’s expert knowledge in this area.
People Central has delivered psychometric testing and assessment services for me for twelve years in two very different organisations. Their degree of expertise and range of tests is excellent, as is their partnership approach in supporting us to use assessments most appropriate to the role and business. Add to this their responsiveness in delivering on time when assessing candidates anywhere in New Zealand and the lengths they go to in ensuring hiring managers receive feedback to support them in making selection decisions, I would recommend any business talk to People Central whether they are existing users of psychometric products, or looking to introduce testing and assessment into their HR processes.
Industrial Proficiency Testing provided by People Central has allowed Napier Port to understand individuals’ ability across a range of functions, including numeracy skills, attention to detail, and the ability to follow instructions. The testing process has improved our recruitment standards and helped us to better understand our learner base, contributing to more efficient and streamlined training programmes
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