No longer the new kid on the block: What’s the scientific verdict on game-based assessments?
Today many companies regard diversity and inclusion as a competitive advantage. This is a far cry from the past where workplace D&I initiatives were often looked down upon and perhaps even seen as having a potentially negative impact on the business.
Each year, one in four people will experience a mental health problem of some kind. In the past decade, the topic of mental health has gained increasing traction as societies and businesses become more aware to the importance of a healthy mind.
What is employee engagement?
Wikipedia describes employee engagement as ‘’a fundamental concept in the effort to understand and describe, both qualitatively and quantitatively, the nature of the relationship between an organisation and its employees.’’
Recruitment is always a two-way street. Organisations are looking for the ideal candidate to fit the role and the company culture. The candidate is looking for a position that suits their values and skills and where they can best utilise their strengths.
While workplace success depends upon hiring the right employees, effective leadership skills are essential to an organisation's prosperity. The "trickle-down effect" is one of the most explicit examples of what happens at the top trickles down to the bottom, possibly infiltrating every division or employee of a company.
It’s always recommended to provide candidates with a feedback or exploration discussion after they have completed a psychometric assessment. This is because they can be used to gain deeper insights into a candidate’s traits, motivations and values, giving you a chance to really delve into their results and find out more about what drives them as a person.
Being able to interview people well is an acquired skill that takes time to learn. When interviewing candidates you should try to avoid asking any questions that may lead to perceptions of unfairness, prejudice or direct/indirect discrimination.
What are Soft Skills?
Soft skills, also known as transferrable or employability skills, are the skills that we use to interact with other people and our environment. They are the personal traits and abilities that affect employees’ performance at work; they help shape how employees communicate and build relationships with colleagues, cope with changes, and resolve conflicts or issues.
As organisations, both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups, look for ways to enhance diversity and eliminate hiring bias from the recruitment process, more and more businesses are adopting psychometric tests in the pre-employment stage to eliminate the challenge.
- Gain powerful insights into the strengths, styles and motivations of people at work, details of which are provided in our portfolio of engaging reports
- Extensively validated over 30 years of development and used by major employers across the world
- Two comprehensive off-the-shelf questionnaires or the unique option to create your own bespoke personality questionnaire
- Occupationally orientated items written in a variety of languages
- Self-report measure using a 5-point rating scale
- Trait approach gives detailed information suitable for use in recruitment or development contexts
- Fully responsive across multiple platforms including desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phone
- Automatic feedback option for every candidate
- Available in normative or ipsative formats
The interviewer report is designed to supplement the interview process by providing advice and questions that are specific to that candidate. This allows recruiters to explore their personality in more detail and get the most from interviews.
While it would make the hiring process a lot simpler if you had a sixth sense about whether a candidate would be well suited to a position, even recruiters with good interviewer skills can be influenced by unconscious biases.
For many of us, the last couple of years have brought an entirely new way of remote based hiring (and working). For many HR professionals and recruiters the focus will have shifted to technological solutions that can keep operations running smoothly in this new world of hybrid-work.
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.
High volume recruitment can be a laborious process, involving sifting through huge amounts of candidates and conducting multiple interviews to find those that sit well within your team.
What is a structured interview?
A structured interview is when the interviewer will ask a standardised set of questions in a standardised order. The interviewer will then collect candidate responses and grade them against some form of scoring system.
While rapid business growth sounds like a dream come true, for many businesses, it can, and often does come with its own set of problems.
What is volume recruitment?
Volume recruitment is generally used when organisations need to fill many roles (usually customer-facing, sales, service or support), usually in a shortened time frame.
We used to hear clients worry about this one a lot, and I can see why some companies would be concerned, as it is a common misconception among candidates that psychometric assessments are designed to catch them out or trick them in some way.
What is a psychometric test?
Psychometric tests (or assessments) are often used in recruitment, selection and development. Clevry's psychometric assessments provide a fair and objective way of measuring a range of attributes post such as personality traits, cognitive ability, soft skills, critical reasoning and behavioural style.
What is onboarding?
In recruitment and HR the term ‘onboarding’ refers to the act of inducting a new employee into the business. Onboarding plays a vital role in helping your new hires to settle into their new role and feel engaged, motivated, and confident in their new-found responsibilities. Usually, onboarding can last anywhere between a few weeks and several months, depending on the specifics of the role.
A personality questionnaire can be a powerful selection and development tool for recruiters. This is especially true when the results of that assessment are used as the basis for a structured discussion with your new hire.
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. But how do you improve your onboarding process?
Psychometric assessments come in many different shapes and sizes, from gamified personality questionnaires to role-specific cognitive ability tests. 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.
But, if you're in the process of implementing assessments, do you know what questions to ask the psychometric test provider?
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.
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?”
But just what is 'neurodiversity' and how can you make your workplace more neurodiverse?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interviewers are only human, and human beings are prone to a range of errors and interviewer bias that can affect the effectiveness of both assessments and interviews.
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.
What does a cognitive ability test measure?
Ability Tests (or 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.
Interviewing candidates is a demanding skill that requires constant development and refinement.
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.
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.
There are a few important things to consider when you want to implement 360 degree feedback in your organisation.
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.
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?
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.