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Testing Times for UK Companies in the Quest to Find a Quality Workforce

Magazine article Management Services

Testing Times for UK Companies in the Quest to Find a Quality Workforce

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It's Monday morning and you are just settling nicely into the day's routine cup of coffee on the desk, no major IT problems to spoil a good start to the week and then one of your most reliable and valuable employees breaks the news that he has been offered a promotion and will be leaving at the end of the month. Panic and dread sets in as you are doomed to weeks of placing recruitment advertisements, interviewing prospective candidates for the position, taking up references and possibly even psychometrically testing them for suitability. You may well be lucky and find the perfect candidate immediately. Alternatively, you may end up hiring somebody who is unable to do the job, won't fit into your company or who completely duped you at the interview and is an absolute maniac. Don't despair, you are not alone!

Apparently, although the majority of UK recruiters use a wide range of methods when selecting job applicants, only a handful of them actually believe they are a useful way of predicting a person's likely success in the job.

The Cranfield School of Management released statistics recently proving that while most HR managers take up references, use CVs and conduct interviews as part of the selection process, most have no faith in their ability to guarantee successful recruitment.

Here at Deeson HQ we have had our share of recruitment successes and failures and will be incorporating psychometric testing into our recruitment process from now on. …

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