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What’s the scientific verdict on game-based assessments?

By Dr. Alan Redman on Aug 8, 2022 3:00:00 PM

No longer the new kid on the block:  What’s the scientific verdict on game-based assessments? 

Topics: Assessments

Offboarding checklist

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Aug 3, 2022 11:23:00 AM

Offboarding is the term used to describe the process of an employee leaving your organisation either through resignation, termination or retirement.  

Topics: Onboarding

Diversity and inclusion statistics

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jul 12, 2022 1:10:00 PM

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. 

Mental health & selection

By Felix Timpson on Jul 1, 2022 12:27:00 PM

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.

Topics: Assessments

Why use psychometric testing?

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jun 23, 2022 1:10:23 PM

Why use psychometric testing?

For many businesses, psychometric testing is used either for training and development or as part of a wide range of recruitment and selection processes. 

Topics: Assessments


By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jun 20, 2022 4:11:16 PM

Today, employee offboarding is an inevitable part of working life. Long gone are the times when people would spend their entire working lives in the same role at the same company.

Employee engagement statistics | 32 Stats & Trends for 2022

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jun 16, 2022 12:10:25 PM

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.’’

Onboarding stats & trends 2022

By Ryan Inglethorpe on May 18, 2022 11:16:02 AM

In today's fast paced world, good recruitment involves more than just selecting the right candidate. Today, hiring intelligently means having a recruitment process that goes beyond selection.

Topics: Onboarding

Recruitment stats 2022: 45 hiring stats & trends

By Ryan Inglethorpe on May 13, 2022 1:33:04 PM

As we come out the other side of the pandemic, working life will have changed for many of us. 

Topics: Recruitment

Why use psychometric assessments in hiring?

By Clevry on May 11, 2022 1:43:41 PM

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.

Topics: Assessments

How to be a good interviewer

By Ryan Inglethorpe on May 9, 2022 5:45:36 PM

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

How to reduce staff turnover?

By Juha Nyyssölä on Apr 28, 2022 6:17:58 PM

Staff turnover or employee turnover is the percentage of the staff leaving an organization within a specific period, typically within one year. The turnover comes with a hefty price tag.

Effective leadership skills to drive workplace success

By Clevry on Apr 14, 2022 10:45:00 AM

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. 

Why Assessment as a Service?

By Preeya Patel on Apr 13, 2022 2:08:04 PM

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.  

Topics: Assessments

Questions to avoid when conducting an interview

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Apr 11, 2022 7:03:38 PM

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.

How to identify soft skills in workers

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Apr 6, 2022 6:04:24 PM

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. 

Can psychometric tests reduce hiring bias?

By Clevry on Apr 1, 2022 10:46:29 AM

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. 

An introduction to personality questionnaires

By Clevry on Mar 24, 2022 12:19:41 PM

  • 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


Topics: Assessments

How do I use the interviewer report?

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Mar 22, 2022 5:16:44 PM

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.

Using gut instinct to make hiring decisions is a bad idea

By Clevry on Mar 14, 2022 11:09:17 AM

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.

5 Virtual assessment centre exercises to improve your remote hiring

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Feb 28, 2022 12:04:47 PM

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.

Why hiring for soft skills is the future of recruitment

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Feb 22, 2022 11:44:26 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. 

Does candidate experience matter in high volume recruitment?

By Lily Harvey on Feb 15, 2022 11:48:02 AM

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.

Topics: Recruitment

Structured Interviews 101

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Feb 7, 2022 1:08:23 PM

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.

5 tips for recruiting during rapid business growth

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Feb 3, 2022 11:00:02 AM

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. 

Topics: Recruitment

Interviewer bias & common interviewer mistakes

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jan 26, 2022 6:49:45 PM

What is interviewer bias?

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

What is impression management? Are your candidates fibbing?

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jan 24, 2022 2:44:57 PM

How can psychometric assessments improve high volume recruitment?

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Jan 18, 2022 12:40:33 PM

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. 

Are psychometrics going to steal my job?

By Lily Harvey on Jan 12, 2022 12:34:02 PM

In short, no. This is simply not the case. These tools are designed to help make your job simpler, and your decisions more objective, NOT do your job for you.

Topics: Assessments

How to maximise your onboarding process

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Dec 13, 2021 1:04:11 PM

The vast majority of new employees know whether they feel settled in their new role during the first three weeks of employment.

Topics: Onboarding

Recruiting with personality

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Dec 8, 2021 11:30:06 AM

Personality is key to finding the right person for the right job. 

Why do employers use psychometric tests?

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Dec 2, 2021 11:43:57 AM

How do you currently predict job performance?

Topics: Assessments

Types of Psychometric Test

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Nov 18, 2021 2:09:20 PM

If you have never used psychometric assessments in your recruiting before, the sheer number of different types and available formats can make choosing a provider seem a daunting process.  

Topics: Assessments

Do psychometric assessments put off candidates?

By Lily Harvey on Nov 16, 2021 1:05:08 PM

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.

Topics: Assessments

What is an Onboarding Report?

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Nov 9, 2021 1:00:37 PM

How can I get the most from my team? 

How can I raise the productivity of my team? 

Topics: Onboarding

What is a psychometric test?

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Nov 3, 2021 3:29:12 PM

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. 

Topics: Assessments

What is onboarding?

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Nov 2, 2021 12:38:44 PM

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.  

Topics: Onboarding

Soft skills in recruitment & hiring

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Oct 29, 2021 11:13:28 AM

According to a recent LinkedIn survey, 92% of HR professionals and recruiting supervisors believe that soft skills mean more than hard skills in recruitment.

Topics: Soft Skills

Discussing assessment results with candidates

By Ryan Inglethorpe on Oct 26, 2021 1:43:02 PM

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. 

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.

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. But how do you improve your onboarding process?

Topics: Onboarding

Can candidates cheat a psychometric test?

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

''Can candidates cheat a psychometric test?''

As business psychologists we hear this question a lot.

Topics: Assessments

9 ways assessments can benefit recruiters

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

Topics: Assessments

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. 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?

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

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?” 

But just what is 'neurodiversity' and how can you make your workplace more neurodiverse?

Neurodiversity in Assessment and Selection: 5 Tips for Employers

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

Topics: Assessments

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

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.

Leadership Icebreakers: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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%.

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.

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. 

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.  

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

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

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?"

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.

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.

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.

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 interviewer bias that can affect the effectiveness of both assessments and interviews. 

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

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

Assessing cognitive ability

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

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. 

Topics: Assessments

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

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.

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. 

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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
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