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. One of these tools is pre-employment Personality Assessments.
How can Personality Assessments add value in your recruitment process?
Fingers crossed after your CV screening and interviewing you have some great candidates with the right skills and experience. Now you might want to delve a little deeper with two or three of your preferred candidates.
A 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
Having the right skills and experience isn’t enough. For a candidate to be successful it’s essential that they fit the organisation’s culture and interact positively and productively with the team.
The information from personality assessments helps you understand a candidate’s motivation, values, priorities and preferences. It can give insight into how they might respond to different situations, their favoured working style and how they will interact with their fellow workers. All of which is invaluable for your decision-making process.
Ongoing success in your team
The other great thing about personality profiles is that it’s an investment in the future success of your team. Once you have your new star on board you can use that information as a reference point for how to best manage and develop them going forward.
So while I may not have the silver bullet for recruitment success, I do think personality assessments can be a valuable tool. Now pass me the coconut.
By Intepeople Talent Partner Emily Bissett
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