December 11, 2018
The Demise of Key Government Executives – What’s the Real Reason?

This is a Podcast – Duration 6 minutes 30

An article in this morning’s ODT made my blood boil. Headlined, ‘Govt Quiet on Chief Executives’, asks the question as to why the Government has not given us an explanation, or a reason why these two highly ranked employees are no longer employed? Was it simply a bad hire and those responsible don’t want to take the blame?

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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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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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