When determining the right candidate for your company it is all about
company/job fit. We don't want to select a 190cm basketball player
when we want them to drive an F1 car. So at the same time we don't
want someone who is 10 on energy for our QA position where patience
and being meticulous is of the essence.
To understand where we want our perfect candidate to fit we have
to understand what the position does and how they will interact with
their managers, other staff and your customers.
We can understand more about the type of person who will be successful
in our company in 2 ways; the most accurate method is to select a
staff member who is our best employee and assess them to determine
what traits they have that make them successful in your company. The
other method is to complete a series of questions about the position
so we can build a picture of your perfect employee and create a benchmark
The questionaire can be completed online
or if you prefer: download,
print out a copy, complete the 57 questions and fax to us so you have
a copy for you records. One of our consultants will then prepare you
a complimentary report to provide you an insight into what makes a
superior performer for your company.
Please feel to complete a questionnaire now and with no financial
commitment from you at least you will gain an insight into what type
of candidate you are looking for.
The questionnaire only takes 5 mins and has such questions
Now that we have completed our questionnaire, we know exactly how
high we want our employees to jump! Too high and they will be set up
for failure and too low and the challenge will not be enough to keep
them. Many employers make the mistake of setting the bar too high
when fine tuning the benchmarks.
Selecting candidates who then align with those scores can often lead
to boredom and lack of job satisfaction if the position does not match
up to the benchmark. The secret is then to be realistic about what
the job entails and what skills are important to excel in that role.
Fine tuning the benchmark is an important stage of the process. From
the initial survey or round of assessments we prepare a Job Analysis
Report. For a sample copy click here.
Each trait that is to be measured provides a graphical
scale of the determined optimal values along with a description. As
an example let's look at attitude.
Employees who consistently maintain their positive
expression and trust easily. They tend to have a relaxed social style.
We need to read the description carefully and ensure it matches our
criteria. If it does not we then need to adjust the benchmark.
Our benchmarking reports provide a comprehensive description of not
only how your perfect candidate may be described but also what each
trait measures and the effects of moving the scale up or down.
In this case we may decide that we want our candidate to be slightly
more vigilant in the area of attitude. If we look at the description
we can then see which way we may want to adjust our scale.
||Scale Description – Attitude
Can be critical of others
|Attitude measures the degree one is willing to demonstrate trust
towards others. It relates to the tendency to maintain a positive
view about people and outcomes.
We are speaking specifically about the tendency one has for trusting in the motives of others and the outcomes of our endeavours
Relaxed social style
By making an adjustment to our scale we are able to change the description
that describes our ideal candidate. In this case if we move our scale
to 4-7 we would get a new description: "Employees
who demonstrate a positive attitude, yet are not required to resist
the expression of frustration in order to achieve success in their
Once we have fine tuned our benchmark we are then ready to start
assessing our candidates so we can see where they align with our perfect
employee. While we rarely see a 100% fit for the role, a close alignment
is enough for us to make a valued decision about the selection of
our staff and determine a winner.