If I had a dollar for every time I was asked how to guarantee the successful outcome of a recruitment and selection process I wouldn’t be writing this blog – I’d be lying in the sun drinking something served in a coconut. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer – recruitment isn’t an exact science but just like any investigative process there are some tools that can help you make the best decision you can and one of those is pre-employment Personality Assessments testing.
So how can Personality Assessments add value in your recruitment process?
CVs and interviews have their place and certainly help establish a candidate’s education, skills and experience but the behavioural traits and the personality of a candidate can be much harder to assess during an interview. Including personality profiling as part of your recruitment process will provide you with additional, objective information, to help you identify the most suitable candidates.
Fingers crossed after the interview you have some great candidates. From this point the information from the personality profile can help you prepare for further interviewing and reference checking, ensuring that you ask relevant questions. For example, if you are looking for an assertive character, and the candidate’s results suggest they are more inclined to adopt a passive stance, you may want to ask for examples of how they have previously handled difficult situations or worked to resolve conflict.
All about the fit
Unfortunately having the right skills and experience isn’t enough because for a candidate to be successful it’s essential that they fit the organisation’s culture and interact well with the team. The information from a personality profiles helps you understand a candidate’s motivation, values, priorities and preferences. It can also give insight into how they might respond to different tasks and situations, their favoured working style and how they will interact with their fellow workers. All of which is invaluable for your decision-making process.
So while I may not have the silver bullet for recruitment success I do think personality profiling can be a valuable tool. Now pass me the coconut.