A critical assessment reveals that the recruitment process performed by most Egyptian companies is highly subjective and unstructured, exposing the employer to many serious and costly risks that include poor on-the-job performance, cultural and intellectual mismatch, and ultimately value destruction.
Lack of objectivity transforms the hiring process into an intuition game. In spite of the enormous effort spent on the traditional series of 45-minute interviews, nothing much is revealed about the true strengths, talents, preferences and weaknesses of the candidates. To add insult to injury, many talented individuals, of high transparency and work ethics, fail to impress interviewers, whereas good interview experts, with good body language training and little talent, can confidently convince interviewers of presence of non-existing competencies.
Having analyzed candidates’ interview skills against assessment scores, we can conclude that both are not correlated. Socially smart are not necessarily the right talents, unless you are actually hiring for a sales or customer service position. A true outlook of the candidate’s profile can only be revealed through a formal and structured assessment, where social, language, and intuition bias can be reduced.
Benefits of formal assessment practice
Raising the bar & employer branding
Establishing a formal assessment process raises the bar for new entrants, and establishes employer brand equity. Companies with sophisticated recruitment process are perceived as more prestigious than companies with little objectivity and structure.
The recruitment process itself can become a branding opportunity. Graduate applicants, eager to compete, seek challenging job opportunities where employers are extremely selective about choices they make.
Latest discoveries in occupational psychology provide a good foundation for a scientifically proven hiring methodology that can effectively contribute be match between talents and opportunities, improving the chances of better employee engagement and higher productivity on the job.
A reliable and reasonably unbiased assessment system can transform how human capital management is being conducted. Assessment systems can play a very important role in talent scouting by giving everyone a fair chance to present her true self, a presentation beyond a good written CV.
Satisfaction with the process
Our research, based on interviews with job applicants, revealed that the satisfaction with the hiring process soars as a result of application of advanced assessment solutions, irrespective of their perceived assessment performance. They were happy to learn more about their strengths and weaknesses, and felt that they had a fair chance to present their true skills and competencies.
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