Magazine article Personnel Journal

Smile! You're Watching Candidate Camera!

Magazine article Personnel Journal

Smile! You're Watching Candidate Camera!

Article excerpt

PICTURE THIS: You GO IN for a job interview and instead of being subjected to the usual barrage of questions, you're plopped down in front of a TV. What's going on? A new type of candidate testing, developed by Maitland, Florida-based ESS Corp.

The testing is based on the theory that to find the best person for the job, you must know how that person would act in common on-the-job situations. "You must study a job and find out what the important characteristics are for people to succeed in that job," explains CEO Cabot Jaffee Sr. "Then you create the

kinds of situations that will demand those characteristics."

ESS takes the situations and videotapes them with trained actors playing different roles. For example, say a company wants to create a test for sales people that would determine whether a candidate has a positive, helpful attitude. On a videotape, actors would play out a scene in which a particularly unpleasant customer is giving a salesperson a hard time. …

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