December 21, 2017 1:22 pm Published byazestauser
With recruitment and selction costing on average £5000 to £50,000 per person, it really does pay to select the right person first time round! And with research showing that the predictive validity of an interview is as low as 0.2 even with great questions, it is clearly not the best way to find your perfect recruit.
A process that provides a true predicition of on-the-job performance and helps gain a real insight into the talents and personality of a potential employee is needed.
Ensure that your person specification is as accurate as possible and has a great list of the qualities and competencies ideal for the role.
Select the mix of tasks required and put together a detailed schedule for the day ensuring that all qualities and competencies are going to be able to be assessed. Also make a table for the end of the day into which all observers scores will be entered along with test marks and plan who is observing who when to enable trinagulation of data and fairness. Activities to possibly include are…
Hold a briefing for all the assessors, ensuring that they absolutely understand the schedule, where they need to be and when and what exactly you are looking for them to observe and take notes on. Show them examples of useful notes and explain the scoring system you are going to use and the minimum scoring threshold for appoinment.
Run the day giving careful thought to having a great overall facilitator who is able to put participants at ease and provide a positive first experience of the company. Not all candidates will be successful, but those that are not need to be left feeling that they wish they had been offered the job and that your organisation helped their learning and self-awareness and likelihood of success in future assessment centres. The facilitator will need to brief tasks carefully, provide feedback and ensure that the experience is positive and fun.
Hold a faciliated meeting with all assessors to establish fair scores for all candiates based on their feedback and evidence of the required skills and competence.
At Azesta we have designed and faciliated assessment centres for a variety of roles and these have resulted in some great people being hired. I also recently wrote an article about some of the best team tasks to use in assessment centres which can be found by clicking here.
“Thank you very much for developing and organising, alongside us, a very successful assessment centre. You understood the needs fantastically well and came up with a solution to mee these. We received very positive feedback from the participants and assessors and we look forward to working with you in the future.”
“We’ve always found Azesta incredibly flexible and accomodating to our needs and with their invaluable support with out assessment centres, we have been able to make much better informed recruitment decisions. We look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.”
David Albone, HR Manager