The days of having to rely solely on a CV or character reference to assess a candidate are over – and that’s a good thing. Even with the best intentions, people can sometimes be inaccurate when reporting on traits and skills.
But with the power of neuroscience-backed recruiting methods, identifying the candidate of your dreams has become a great deal easier.
What traits are you looking for?
A previous article on this blog examined the nature of organisational culture, and how knowing yours is an important part of ensuring your employees are a good fit for your company. The other side of that coin is taking that knowledge and using it to find a suitable graduate employee.
The specific traits you’re after will obviously be informed by the nature of your company and the job you’re hiring for. That said, there are some general traits that all businesses should value. For example, research has shown that the personality trait of conscientiousness – someone with a high level of self-discipline or vigilance – is correlated with job performance. In a meta-analysis of studies on personality and job performance, Murray Barrick and Michael Mount* found that it was the one trait of the ‘Big Five’ (the others being extraversion, emotional stability, agreeableness, and openness to experience) that consistently related to job performance, over all the areas of employment analysed.
How does Mercer Match help you find them?
Mercer Match’s games were created using big data analysis and neuroscience research.
Once you know the kind of graduate you want, we can help you find them with our specialist testing platform, Mercer Match.
Graduates run through a series of 12 games that were created using big data analysis and neuroscience research. Their performances on these games produce measurements of over 80 cognitive, social and emotional traits. This means you as an employer are able to outline specifically the kind of graduate you’re looking for, and we’re able to find one that fits your requirements. It’s by far the best way to recruit for specific strengths in a way that removes unconscious bias and takes all guesswork and subjectivity out of the equation.
Monash Talent has one of the most impressive candidate pools of any employment agency in the country – the graduates of Monash University. If you’d like to hear more about how we can match one of them to your business, get in touch with the team today.
* Barrick, M. R., & Mount, M. K. (1991). The Big Five Personality Dimensions And Job Performance: A Meta-Analysis. Personnel Psychology, 44(1), 1-26