September 13, 2018
Not all Successful Sales People Come from the Same Mould

This is a Podcast – 6 Minutes

Most sales candidates are very good at selling themselves at the interview, but the big question is, will they be good at selling your products or services when they are on the job?

Some Sales Managers falsely believe all successful salespeople come with a similar set of personality traits. While this may be true of some traits, years of scientific studies paint another picture.

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July 19, 2018
9 Compelling Reasons to Use Assessments to Avoid Bad Hires

This is an article

What are employee assessments?

Assessments are a survey of scientifically constructed questions that when answered by a candidate explain that individual’s personality, attitudes and problem-solving abilities. The candidate’s innate capabilities.

When you read a CV, the best it will tell you is the candidate’s education level, their past employment and their judgement on what they do best. The trouble with this information is that is not an accurate prediction of future success in your job role.

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May 26, 2018
How to Use Benchmarks to Avoid Hiring a Horror Story

This is a Podcast – 10 Minutes in Duration

Many managers hire candidates who are not an ideal fit; they want to meet their objectives of filling vacant positions with the best candidates they can find – usually the best of a bad bunch. It would be unrealistic to wait until the perfect fit was found. However, care needs to be taken not to make an accommodation that violates one of the jobs critical behavioural attributes – enter the power Continue reading

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January 8, 2018
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

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October 17, 2017
Mental Ability Testing – 5 Common Myths Debunked

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

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October 10, 2017
Union Threatens Legal Action on IRD for Using Psychometric Assessments

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!

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October 8, 2017
More Scientific Proof of the Benefit of Using Employee Assessments

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

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August 4, 2017
About to Hire? The CV and Interview Are Your Poorest Hiring Tools

This is a Podcast – 6.5 minutes

When it comes to hiring, most managers only use a CV and an interview to make the big call on who to throw an average of forty-five thousand dollars to!

A bad hire cost about 2.5X an employee’s annual salary!

CVs and interviews represent around 20{e984e047a0cf0683b5e0a609dc9adff1ef3040909f42c61fefd344cb6b0a14a5} of hiring effectiveness.

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June 15, 2017
Hiring New Staff is Akin to Apple Picking – The Skin May be Rosy, But the Core Rotten.

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You might well be thinking, what does apple picking have to do with hiring people? So let’s explain…

Whether interviewing a prospective employee, considering why a colleague, or friend prefers to behave in a certain way (perhaps in a very different way from yourself), or reflecting on your own behavioural style and stress levels, I think we all agree that we are all different to a smaller or greater degree. At the core of Continue reading

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