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Virtual Assessment Centre Benefits

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Oct 13, 2021 4:28:50 PM

As working life becomes more and more digital, and with working from home now being seen as the norm, many recruiters are now relying more on technology to help support their recruitment processes.

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Improving Your Onboarding Process

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Oct 6, 2021 11:07:17 AM

A good onboarding process can help reduce staff attrition rates and lower the cost of learning on the job as employees will have a much better idea of their responsibilities from the outset.

It can help save co-workers and supervisors valuable time training new employees, meaning new hires will join feeling happier, more productive and more engaged. 

Topics: Onboarding
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Can candidates cheat a psychometric test?

By Lily Harvey on Sep 20, 2021 1:44:31 PM

As business psychologists we hear this question a lot.

Topics: Assessments
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9 ways assessments can benefit recruiters

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Sep 16, 2021 5:19:46 PM

Topics: Assessments
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18 Questions to Ask a Psychometric Test Provider

By Lily Harvey on Sep 6, 2021 4:52:00 PM

Psychometric assessments come in many different shapes and sizes, from gamified personality questionnaires to role-specific cognitive ability tests. But, regardless of what you’re using them for everyone wants the same thing; a secure, easy to use assessment that measures what it claims to.

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Recruitment trends 2021

By Clevry on Sep 3, 2021 6:28:08 PM

2020 will go down in history as the year when covid shook the world. The pandemic has affected nearly every sector and has had a particularly strong impact on working life and organisations. The uncertainty caused by the pandemic has forced many companies to lay-off their staff and a large number of office workers have switched to remote working.

Topics: Recruitment
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Neurodiversity Hiring: How to make your workplace more neurodiverse

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Sep 1, 2021 3:00:00 PM

The phrase ‘neurodiversity’ is believed to have been first coined by US journalist Harvey Blume, writing in The Atlantic in 1998, who went on to state that “Neurodiversity may be every bit as crucial for the human race as biodiversity is for life in general. Who can say what form of wiring will be best at any given moment?” 

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Neurodiversity in Assessment and Selection: 5 Tips for Employers

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Aug 24, 2021 5:05:12 PM

Topics: Assessments
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Do Psychometric Assessments Actually Work?

By Lily Harvey on Aug 20, 2021 1:50:00 PM

Every so often we get people asking about how psychometrics work. This will often be accompanied with some element of doubt, and understandable discomfort about using them to make recruitment decisions.

Topics: Assessments
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Assessing leadership roles

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Aug 17, 2021 1:17:00 PM

What is leadership assessment?

A leadership assessment is a type of psychometric test for business leaders and high-level executives. Leadership recruitment assessments are generally used when a business needs to recruit high-level employees into the organisation, usually management positions upwards.

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Leadership Ice Breakers: 6 Quick Ways to Break the Ice

By Lily Harvey on Aug 13, 2021 1:07:00 PM

It’s important to train your leaders to improve their self-confidence and efficacy, shaping individuals to reach their full potential. Effective ice breakers are useful not only for the training attendees but for you! The comfort it generates will also benefit you as the coordinator and make independent and outspoken potential leaders easier to handle. 

Topics: Leadership
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6 Myths about psychometric assessments

By Lily Harvey on Aug 10, 2021 1:00:13 PM

Psychometric myths

  • Candidates can fake it

  • Psychometrics can’t beat my intuition 

Topics: Assessments
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How can psychometrics deliver ROI?

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Aug 2, 2021 4:34:58 PM

While it can sometimes be difficult to measure the tangible benefits of implementing any new software, HR teams are increasingly being required to justify their investments and have a good idea of an expected ROI.

Topics: Assessments
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Why are Cognitive Ability Tests timed?

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jul 28, 2021 6:17:41 PM

When using a Cognitive Ability Test to assess your candidates ability, there are two different types of maximum performance test; speed and power:

Topics: Assessments
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How is a Cognitive Ability Test scored?

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jul 23, 2021 12:20:10 PM

What does a Cognitive Ability Test measure?

A Cognitive Ability Test measures the maximum performance of a candidate’s ability.

For example, the results from one of our ability tests show us how a candidate has performed, in comparison to a diverse group of previous test takers. This allows us to interpret the results in terms of what is typical within a given group, rather than just how many questions a candidate has gotten right. 

Topics: Assessments
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Assessing personality at work

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jul 19, 2021 11:57:00 AM

Personality questionnaires are becoming increasingly common in the hiring process to help you create a more well-rounded and deeper understanding of a candidate. 

Topics: Assessments
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Causes of low employee engagement

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jul 15, 2021 1:31:00 PM

Are your managers causing low employee engagement?

Research by Deloitte found over 1/4 of UK employees (27%) admitted that they were ‘not performing their best’ at work.

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5 ways to improve your employee engagement

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jul 12, 2021 3:41:00 PM

According to Gallup's 2021 state of the global workplace report employee engagement dropped by 2% from 2019 to 2020 and now stands at 20%.

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Why use Situational Judgement Tests in your recruitment?

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jul 9, 2021 12:37:00 PM

Situational Judgement Tests are a type of psychometric assessment that measures how candidates respond to a variety of different situations at work. Test takers are presented with a range of hypothetical workplace scenarios and are then asked to identify the responses that would be most and least effective.
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Grow your people and the rest will follow

By Lily Harvey on Jul 7, 2021 12:20:00 PM

Deciding where to invest organisational resources can be a daunting task for leadership teams. Eager to achieve observable growth and constrained by time, managers often become biased towards short to medium term solutions. 

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Virtual Onboarding

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jul 5, 2021 2:15:00 PM

Most new employees decide whether they feel at home in a new job during the first three weeks of employment. Therefore, having a good onboarding process (whether virtual or not) will be key in your long-term strategy and help you to retain your top talent.  

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An Introduction to Psychometric Assessments

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jun 30, 2021 10:09:00 AM

What is a psychometric assessment?

Psychometric assessments offer a fair and objective way of measuring a range of attributes such as aptitude, critical reasoning and behavioural style.

Topics: Assessments
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Measuring soft skills

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jun 29, 2021 10:27:00 AM

Soft skills are any skill or quality that can be classified as a personality trait or attribute. These individual skills and behaviours such as creativity, empathy, critical thinking and interpersonal skills shape the way we work, act and interact with others. The importance of soft skills have been increasing significantly in recent years due to technological development.

Topics: Soft Skills
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Tips for running a Virtual Assessment Centre

By Laura Harrison on Jun 28, 2021 12:52:00 PM

"How can we run our Assessment Centre in the current climate?"

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Are you a virtual worker, or just virtually working?

By Laura Harrison on Jun 25, 2021 1:38:00 PM

WFH? WTF! It’s a time of unprecedented change. Organisations in the UK and beyond are moving at pace to align with government recommendations and digitise their working environments.

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5 Tips for Designing a Virtual Assessment Centre

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jun 23, 2021 1:10:00 PM

When designing a virtual assessment centre, it's important to follow best practice guidance if you want to get the best from your candidates.

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Planning a Virtual Assessment Centre: 7 Key Points

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jun 21, 2021 11:05:00 AM

When planning to deliver a virtual assessment centre, following best practice guidance will help your Virtual AC to run as smoothly as possible and provide a good all round experience for everyone involved.

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Rude interviewer habits: 13 ways to alienate your candidates

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jun 17, 2021 10:18:00 AM

Interviewers are only human, and human beings are prone to a range of errors and biases that can affect the effectiveness of both assessments and interviews. 

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5 Key Soft Skills Wanted by Employers

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jun 15, 2021 11:04:00 AM

What are soft skills? And why do employers want them?  

Soft skills are typically described as skills or qualities that can also be classified as a personality trait or habit, and are sometimes referred to as transferable skills. Soft skills shape how you work on your own and with others, and your approach to life and work.

Topics: Soft Skills
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Developing soft skills: 10 top tips

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jun 9, 2021 12:12:00 PM

Take a look inside the modern workplace and it’s clear ‘soft skills’ are becoming more and more essential, with employers seeing these skills as paramount to getting ahead and ensuring business longevity. 

Topics: Soft Skills
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How to be a good interviewer

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jun 7, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Being a good, effective interviewer requires more than just having a charismatic personality.

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Assessing cognitive ability

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jun 3, 2021 12:00:00 PM

What does an ability test measure?

Ability Tests (aka cognitive ability tests) measure candidates’ maximum performance of cognitive ability. The results from ability tests show how a candidate has performed in comparison to a diverse group of previous test takers. 

Topics: Assessments
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Test User Training - What our delegates say

By Ryan Inglethorpe on May 28, 2021 11:36:00 AM

Do you work with soft skills assessments, perhaps in a recruitment and development context, or maybe in a careers guidance or advice role, and want to gain an industry qualification?

Topics: Assessments
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Good interviewer skills: 7 Ways to master interviews

By Ryan Inglethorpe on May 21, 2021 12:14:00 PM

Interviewing  candidates is a demanding skill that requires constant development and refinement.

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Strategic interview questions to ask candidates

By Ryan Inglethorpe on May 20, 2021 2:13:02 PM

Developing strategic interview questions to ask candidates

Interviewing candidates can be an incredibly time consuming part of the recruitment journey, if not the most time consuming part. 

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7 Ways to Improve Your Onboarding Process

By Lily Harvey on May 19, 2021 11:22:30 AM

Onboarding new hires well can play a huge role in helping to retain your new employees long term. When it comes to new hires, onboarding is in many ways, the only chance you’ll get to make a good, long-lasting impression on your new hires. 

Topics: Onboarding
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12 Reasons WHY you should HIRE Graduates

By Lily Harvey on May 13, 2021 5:32:51 PM

It will soon be that time of year again – when graduates around the country, fresh from posting Instagrams of their virtual hats flying through the air, will start heading over to LinkedIn to set up their new profiles.

For some, the job search has likely been in progress for the last 6 months. But  with the economy currently suffering from a covid induced downturn, the pressure is now on for both recruiters and candidates alike.

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8 Ways to Improve your 360 Degree Feedback Process

By Clevry on Apr 13, 2021 11:33:00 AM

There are a few important things to consider when you want to implement 360 degree feedback in your organisation.

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8 Advantages of a Well Defined Organisational Culture

By Clevry on Apr 13, 2021 11:00:00 AM

What is workplace 'culture'?

Just as different communities or countries have different cultures, so do organisations. This encompasses what is acceptable, applauded and what people find motivating; it guides the way a company behaves and presents itself.

Topics: Culture
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Are Psychometric Tests Fair?

By Clevry on Apr 9, 2021 11:08:00 AM

Although not top of anyone’s list, psychometric tests are a fact of life, and whilst they may seem daunting at first, they do have your best interests at heart.

Topics: Assessments
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Why you should use psychometrics in your recruiting

By Clevry on Apr 8, 2021 11:20:00 AM

The term 'psychometrics' can often get batted about when thinking about making new recruitment decisions, but what does it really mean? and why should you be using them? 

Topics: Assessments
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Assessing soft skills at work

By Clevry on Mar 19, 2021 6:20:15 PM

What are soft skills?

Soft skills, also known as transferrable or employability skills, are those we use to interact with other people and our surroundings. They are abilities and personal traits that impact employees’ performance at work; they influence how employees communicate and build relationships with colleagues, cope with changes, and resolve conflicts or problems. 

Topics: Soft Skills