Will Your Next Hire Be As Thick As A Brick?

This is a Podcast –  8 Minutes Duration.

Problem-solving and general learning ability have a long history of research dating back to the American Military in World War 1. General mental ability tests were developed to identify the suitability of recruits for officer training.  A proliferation of research over the last 100 years has validated general mental ability as the best predictor of future job performance, no matter what the job role. This simple, one-off test has a Continue reading

On-Demand Video Interviewing

December 18, 2017

This is a Podcast – 8 Minutes duration

The use of video interviewing has become a standard practice for many organizations, allowing them to automate their recruiting process. On-demand video interviewing is another method of evaluation that is used by many recruiters. On-demand video interviewing is known by several alternative names such as, one-way and pre-recorded. This type of interviewing is gaining traction as it saves time, standardises the interview process and can evaluate candidates much earlier in the Continue reading

The Importance of Doing Due Diligence Before Hiring – Reference Checking

December 6, 2017

This is a Podcast – 9 Minutes

Many of you would be aware of the Dr Murray fiasco. He was CEO of the Waikato District Health Board and ran up large unapproved expenses.

Past behaviour reflects future behaviour, so my burning question to the Board of Directors, “Did you talk to the Chairperson of his two previous health positions?”

The importance of doing, diligent reference checking, at least three previous managers is a given for ANY hire.

Technology has made Continue reading

Why Are Traditional Hiring Interviews So Unreliable?

This is a Podcast – 9.5 Minutes

Why do employees – hired by the same methods, doing the same job, and managed by the same person – perform so differently? Dependency on the traditional one-on-one unstructured interview is a prime reason.

Besides being the most expensive tool (management time) in the selection process, the unstructured interview is also the least valid – between .05 and .15 – so at best you’ll get it right one out of every six interviews. Continue reading

Bad Candidate Communication When Hiring is Bad for Business

November 7, 2017

This is a Podcast (7 Minutes). A transcript is available HERE 

Candidate communication is what I want to get on my high horse about. It is not only my daughter’s recent experience, but bad candidate communication is one of the pet peeves of job seekers everywhere. Apart from it being just bad manners, it surely must reflect badly on the brand image of the said organisation.

Bad candidate communication can also cost you good hires. Chances are your candidates Continue reading

Mental Ability Testing – 5 Common Myths Debunked

October 17, 2017

This is a Podcast – 8.30 Minutes

There are many myths surrounding cognitive ability testing – often referred to as a mental ability tests. What do these tests measure? In short, intelligence. According to Spearman (2005), intelligence is something that helps people to solve problems, when the elements can be apprehended by almost anyone. Most cognitive ability tests measure numerical, verbal, and spatial ability. They are very efficient at explaining how well a recruit will solve problems and learn new Continue reading

Union Threatens Legal Action on IRD for Using Psychometric Assessments

October 10, 2017

This is a Brief Article

So the Public Service Association are throwing their toys out of the cot because the IRD wants to conduct a robust hiring process for their upcoming restructuring.

Erin Polaezuk, the National Secretary, calls these ‘tests’ absurd and labels them pseudo-scientific. A classic case of moral panic. Interesting, one could counter-punch by pointing out that her comments,  based on personal observation are true pseudo-science at work!

One could imagine how many of the original IRD Continue reading

More Scientific Proof of the Benefit of Using Employee Assessments

October 8, 2017

This is a Podcast – 12.30 Minutes (You can download the referred academic paper from the link below) 

Here at AssessAdvantage, we are often asked to explain why the Prevue Assessment, that measures General Mental Ability, Interest/Motivation and the Big Five personality traits, is one the best available measures of job fit to identify the best job applicants.

Although we provide in-depth technical documentation to support the validity, reliability and fairness of the Prevue Assessment, we can now Continue reading

7 Areas to Cover When Recruiting and Hiring New Employees

September 22, 2017

This is a Podcast – 8.45 Minutes Long

Hiring new employees is no “walk in the park”. My grandmother taught me to always invest in quality up front to save waste and agony down the line. “Gut feel” hiring, or taking the easy road and relying on third parties to do the job for you goes against grandma’s wisdom.

Great talent rarely falls from the sky – you have to put in a lot of hard, diligent detective work to Continue reading

7 Reasons Why Reference Checking Fails (And How to Rectify)

August 17, 2017

This is a Brief Article

STOP playing telephone tag! The failure of today’s Reference Checking process can be blamed on the use of the telephone. All of the seven reasons below can be addressed by changing your strategy. Like most of your other business processes, online technology is your panacea.

All of the seven reasons in this article can be addressed by changing your strategy. Like most of your other business processes, online technology is your panacea.

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