Identifying Exceptional Employees

Businesses are always on the look out for exceptional employees, those who are seemingly a cut above the rest, who can ‘hit the ground running’ and are ’star players‘ – but what does that actually mean? What distinguishes an exceptional…
Ability Test Design

Situational Judgement Test Design

What is a Situational Judgement Test? Situational Judgement Tests, also known as SJT's, are psychological tests which are used to give the test taker realistic scenarios and then, ask them to identify the most appropriate response or rank…

Expert Tips for Better Job Posts

The most common approach organisations take when creating a job post is to focus on the key skills and requirements of the role. However expert advice from LinkedIn explains how it is important to move beyond a simple list of bullet points and…

Assess drive to do a job rather than drive to get a job

There is no denying that it is important to hire people who have the ability to do a job, which is why this is usually the focus of a company’s selection process. However, to ensure that people perform well in a role, and stay in the business,…

Can basic psychology improve your leadership skills? The answer is yes!

This article highlights how psychological studies are great resources for understanding certain patterns of human behaviour in the workplace, such as setting the right leadership tone, supporting coworkers, creating fun environments, reinforcing…

Why you shouldn't apply for jobs you can already do

A useful reminder that we should treat job requirements as guidelines for what a role is about, rather than as a rigid checklist where we must meet every criteria. As the author states, “If you’re completely qualified for the job you apply…

Do highly neurotic people have more chaotic minds?

Due to the well established nature of the Big Five personality traits, there has been extensive research into the potential impact for those who score highly on those such as Neuroticism. However, less research has been conducted into the psychological…

The impact of poor numeracy

On the day that celebrates the importance of numbers in everyday life – National Numeracy Day – this article outlines some interesting findings around the impact of poor numeracy on people, employers and the economy. The Power of Num…

'A Players' - how to hire Talent

Some interesting and pragmatic pointers for internal recruiters, HR professionals and business leaders from Patty McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix. https://hbr.org/2018/01/how-to-hire  

The biggest challenge in Unconscious Bias Training?

How biased are you towards people who are different to yourself? Think about how biased you are compared to your friends and colleagues. Done that? Good. Chances are you've come to the conclusion that you are LESS biased than other people,…