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!

One could imagine how many of the original IRD Continue reading

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

This is a Brief Article:

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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June 9, 2017
10 Reasons For Using Employee Assessments in You Next Hiring Round

This is a Brief Article:

More than 75{e984e047a0cf0683b5e0a609dc9adff1ef3040909f42c61fefd344cb6b0a14a5} of Fortune 500 companies utilize some form of employee assessment (psychometric profiling) in recruitment. This is mainly problem solving tests and Personality Measures aligned to job fit.

We’ve put together ten reasons why every hiring manager should use some form of job fit assessment measure to understand a candidate’s innate behaviours BEFORE they hire!

Read and download this brief one-pager HERE 

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April 21, 2017
Using Psychological Assessments for Business – Why the Fear?

This is a Brief Guest Article

Although we are Organisational Psychologists, we tend to stay away from the word ‘psychologist’. It’s a noun that breeds the fear into even the strongest CEO. Business leaders and owners have the impression we are ‘brain scanning’ and that our occupation is aligned to the ‘dark side’ 🙂

Another word we drop from our vocabulary is, ‘test’ – it’s a word that implies pass or fail. Assessing candidates for employment is all about Continue reading

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March 3, 2017
Testing Job Candidates – Personality Verses Behaviour

This is An Article

I am re-posting this article after yet another prospective client approached us today trying to decide between test A, or B.

My first action was to ask the test publisher (or in most cases their distributor) one important question. “Can this tool be legally defended – and will the publisher carry the weight of that defense?” Many employee profiling tools are not legally defensible.

There are many occasions were I come across organisations that are using Continue reading

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June 3, 2016
What Are The Three Main Pre-Hiring Tests?

This is a Podcast – 6 minutes

According to the Aberdeen Group, the world’s leading B2B researchers and business data analysts, 2/3rds of the world’s top companies use pre-hiring assessments.

But, not all assessment (employment tests, employment profiles) have the same purpose.

In this podcast we briefly outline the top three. What they are, what they test for and when to use them

Pre-employment tests are used to narrow candidates down to evaluate the very best job fit

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November 29, 2015
Why Use Psychological Pre-Employment Assessments? How Can They Help You Avoid Hiring The Wrong Person?

This is a Podcast

Welcome to Episode 6 (8 minutes) of The Tips For Hiring Show with Rob McKay MA(Hons) Organisational Psychology.

In this week’s show we address the questions: Why use a psychological test within your selection process? Aren’t they expensive? Aren’t these type of testing only used for top executive appointments?  Don’t I need special training, or a Psychologist to conduct and interpret test results? These are common questions the team at AssessAdvantage field everyday. Psychological testing Continue reading

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