Saturday, July 30, 2011

What is your intention?


Whether you are being hired or doing the hiring it is important to be honest about your intention.

As an employee are you accepting a position just so you have a paycheck until you find something better or is this a company you envision yourself staying with and growing in.

As an employer are you hiring an individual for a specific job and consider them a short-term employee or is this someone you believe has potential to add long-term value to your company.

Either way, it is essential that both parties have clearly communicated their intention to the other? If an employer is not honest about his/her intent this could manifest as a lack of job security in the employee. When an employee does not feel secure in his/her job this can ultimately be detrimental to a company’s profits. Dishonest intent in an employee can affect their ability to be hired in the future.

Various tools can help one get a clear understanding of their intent before either hiring or accepting a position. The psychometric test takes a look at work style and preferences to determine what position is best for you and if an employee is a good match for a company.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Start with Yourself


Many people, once they experience the power of being in charge have a difficult time relinquishing this, even if it means their demise or that of their company. We get so identified with our job, position, status, and authority etc. that we fear change. We may get so locked into this fear that we become unable to delegate. Our thought process becomes –I need to do everything. This could ultimately lead to a loss of faith in the ability of ones subordinates.  Fear-based control can also result in the alienation of your employees if you become closed off to their ideas and suggestions, even if they would be beneficial to your company.

As an employer it is important to understand your strengths. It is equally important to have the courage to acknowledge your limitations. One way to help an employer grasp and then adjust to their work preferences is to take a psychometric test. This testing tool offers insight into ones work habits and style. A clear perspective can institute balance where it may have been lacking before.

Monday, May 23, 2011

How Does the Right Employee Stand Out?


The best employee may not even get noticed for a long time. When running a big company, there are those employees that are your diamonds in the rough. The funny thing is, they can be hidden under a manager or supervisor that doesn't recognize what they have. The trend toward the psychometric test is one of the ways to identify the people who will work for you and recognize their potential sooner than later. The worst case scenario can be that the employee leaves before they get their chance to shine. The nuances of management has many pitfalls, the smart way to navigate is to increase the information you have to work with, and make your decisions clearer.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Creating a Positive Outcome

Filling a position in your company gives you a unique opportunity to create the best outcome possible. As most employers may feel that they are good judges of character, the statistics show that is generally not the case. The resume is a small glimpse into the potential of an employee but it is never the full picture. That is why the proven results start with pre-employment qualification using a psychometric test. The results of which will measure the suitability metrics of potential employee. The traits can be quantified and a scoring system can identify which candidate is the most suited based on those traits. The results may be very eye opening. The typical choice in the past may be clearly the wrong choice when you reveal a fuller picture. The investment of such a test is proven to pay for itself many times over by investing time and training into the best person for the job. The reality is it can even be the difference between success and failure. In a business climate like we have today every little edge must be utilized. Planning ahead and being thorough is essential to doing good business.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Loving Your Family at Work


Going to work can be a painful experience if you’re in the wrong working environment. That’s why employment suitability is as important as eligibility if not more so. The new landscape of interviewing and working needs evolved thinking now more than ever. Businesses are becoming worldwide and not just regional anymore. Because of this employers can draw from a bigger pool of talent and go outside of a businesses’ neighborhood (or even its country). The psychometric test has leveled the playing field and made it possible to interview and assess talented people worldwide. With this insight employers are able to use this information and position their employees to succeed. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of an employee and their work habits as well as aptitude, empowers a brighter decision making process. Bringing a person into the workplace and giving them the ability to grow and evolve by mapping out a path that suits them will resonate in beautiful ways. The office is a second home no matter how you look at it.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Balance at the Workplace



How do you face a group of people that are so completely different yet fit them all together in a work environment? That is the challenge of many employers, managers, and business owners. The workplace is a potentially volatile place to be. The worst mistake you can make is to not know anything about the players involved. The smart companies are trending toward using a psychometric test like that of Harrison Assessments which measure the four personally traits of an employee and how they balance out that individual. These methods are also known as the Paradox Technologies and can be instrumental in also balancing any workplace. By evaluating people in a deeper more comprehensive way you open up a plethora of knowledge that you may never access otherwise. With this new information you will be equipped to make thoughtful and informed business decisions that will benefit that company and its people.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Digging Deeper During the Interview


Psychometric assessments can be generated from information ascertained through questions that are posed about psychological functioning and potential future behavior. When relevant questions are stated the answers can create a road map to personality and/or work related traits. When interviewing for a job there is very of this information that is actually conveyed. The type of personality traits you would see in the workplace are not always so apparent during a job interview. The psychometric test can dig deeper and evaluate the prospective employee, exposing a fuller more comprehensive picture of that person. This flushing out of the true personality is a highly effective way to be able to make informed well thought out decisions about hiring. The assessment test usually only takes 15-30 minutes, however there are tests that are longer but I wouldn’t recommend it for an interview setting. The 15-30 minute test is appropriate and extremely thorough as it is.