Archive for the ‘Psychometric Testing’ Category

FREE psychometric tests – online ability & personality tests for free!!

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Psychometric Testing in Ireland

At Measurability we provide expert psychometric testing services for employers and individuals. We offer EMPLOYERS psychometric testing solutions to support recruitment, selection and development. We offer INDIVIDUALS psychometric testing solutions to support careers decisions and choices.

As a partner of SHL we offer the leading psychometric assessment tools on the market in Ireland. SHL offer you the opportunity to trial their tests online. If you like what you see why not contact us to get more information about how we can help EMPLOYERS make better hiring decisions and INDIVIDUALS make better career decisions.

Free Online Psychometric & Career Assessment Tests

If you are interested in trialing free online psychometric tests – ability tests, personality questionnaires, motivational questionnaires visit this link.

Measurability for Psychometric Testing solutions

If you are an EMPLOYER and would like more information about psychometric testing contact us now. We deal with a wide variety of clients in Ireland – Psychometric Testing Clients.

If you are an INDIVIDUAL at a career crossroads and you would like to avail of psychometric testing or career tests read what other satisfied jobseekers had to say about our Career Tests & Career Coaching.

OPQ32 – Occupational Personality Questionnaire – Recruitment

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

OPQ32  Occupational Personality Questionnaire is the most popular and commonly used Occupational Personality Questionnaire. It was developed by SHL and has been the leading personality questionnaire on the market for over two decades. It is available in many languages and online to assist ease of access.

OPQ32 – How can it help?

Occupational Personality Questionnaires provide an indication of an individual’s preferred behavioural style at work; provide you with in-depth information on how a candidate will fit into certain work environments, how they will work with other people and how they will cope with different job requirements. The OPQ32 is used in selection, development, team building, succession planning and organizational change.

OPQ32 is most used for Graduate, Management & Professional recruitment. It is the leading personality questionnaire in the market. There is a wide range of recruitment reports available from the OPQ32.

Measurability a SHL partner – OPQ32

Measurability offers assessment solutions to organisations to enhance their current recruitment process. We use SHL assessment tools which are global leaders and certainly the most popular tools used by organisations in the UK and Ireland. Our assessments cover all aspects of psychometric assessment including personality, ability, motivation and interest. Most of our assessment tools are online which ensure efficient integration within recruitment workflows.

Measurability specialises in working with organisations that don’t have the time or resource to introduce their own in-house assessments. We also work with organisations who want to trial the benefits of psychometrics before investing. Working with Measurability will enable your organisation experience the benefits of psychometrics without investing in training, material, technology or licenses.

For more information visit our website or email info@measurability.ie

Assessment – Psychometric Testing explained

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Psychometric Testing can help organisations in many ways such as staff development and succession planning. The most popular use of psychometric testing in Ireland is to help organisations assess, select and hire the right staff. Testing is increasing in popularity with most top companies in Ireland using psychometric tools. Surveys have indicated that 80% of the FTSE 100 companies use some form of psychometric assessment or testing.

Psychometric Testing explained

Psychometric Testing is the area of study concerned with measurement of “psychological” aspects of an individual such as abilities, personality skills or knowledge. The type of testing used by companies will vary and depend on the role or the company in question. The most popular tools used by organisations include;

Ability Tests – There is a wide range of ability tests and the most common used are verbal and numerical tests. These tools measure an individual’s current ability and future potential. Ability tests can be access online or onsite in a normal test environment.

Personality Questionnaires – Questionnaires provide an indication of an individual’s preferred behavioural style at work, information on how An individual will fit into a certain work environment, how they work with other’s and how they will cope with different requirements of a job. Personality Questionnaires are administered online.

The benefits of Psychometric Testing

There are many benefits of using psychometric testing.

Traditional recruitment tools simply do not work – It has been proven that CV’s and traditional interviews do not help organisations get the right people and research proves this point. Most CV’s contain lies and most interviews are a glorified chat relying on the skill of the interviewer who is normally not skilled. Research has indicated that a combination of competency interview and objective assessment (psychometric testing) is the most accurate approach in predicting suitability for a job.

Save Time – Psychometric Assessment is often the solution when organisations are faced with high volume applications and recruitment. Organisations can make selection decisions based of objective information.

Saves Money – Using testing will save you money. It will reduce the chances of making a wrong hire which will lead to reduced turnover and improved performance. If you have ever hired the wrong person you will accept that this can cost the company up to three times salary.

Fairness & Objectivity – The whole recruitment process is becoming a legal minefield. Psychometric testing is a fair and objective way to recruit. It helps eliminate subjectivity and will support your recruitment decisions if challenged.

Psychometric Assessment & Testing Service in Ireland

Measurability is a key partner of SHL in Ireland. We offer an extensive range of psychometric testing tools including ability tests, aptitude tests and personality questionnaires (OPQ32). We have the technology to offer online testing. We support a wide variety of companies across Ireland from all industry sectors. Read a list of our clients and what they said about our services. Contact us or email info@measurability.ie if you would like any more information about psychometric testing.

Psychometric Testing – Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Waterford & Galway

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Are you having problems hiring the right staff? Made some bad hires, suffered the cost and do not want to do it again. Or are you recruiting a key role and cannot afford to make a mistake? If you are recruiting staff the psychometric assessment can assist you assessment and selection of candidates. Psychometrics provides objective information to help you make recruitment decisions. This information is often on skills and behaviours that are difficult to pick up on or assess with a traditional interview.

Who provides a psychometric service?

Measurability provides a psychometric assessment and testing service nationwide. Measurability offers a wide range of SHL assessment tools and we are a leading Irish SHL business partner. We have provided support in most counties including Dublin, Cork, Limerick. Galway and Waterford. The assessment solutions we have offered to date have been a combination of onsite assessments and online assessments. We have worked with companies for both recruitment and development projects. We have serviced and have clients in a variety of industries and sectors including, Manufacturing, IT, Public Service, Pharmaceutical, Retail, Leisure, Banking & Finance. You can view some of the companies we deal with and what they say about our service.

What types of psychometric assessments are available?

We offer the full suite of assessment tools. Ability tests and aptitude tests which can be accessed online or administered onsite. We offer a wide range of personality questionnaires including the leading OPQ32. We offer motivational questionnaires and competency based interview support. There are assessments available for all levels of your organisation from senior management to entry level.

If you require any additional information about psychometric assessment, cost or process. Or you would like to view some sample reports or perhaps avail of a discount trial. Contact us.

Psychometric Assessment & Testing – What is available?

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

There are many providers in the market. We use SHL because we think they are the best and so do most employers in Ireland. SHL is a global leader of assessment tools with a wide range of ability tests and personality questionnaires. SHL is leading the way in assessment with revolutionary introductions to the market like Verify – online ability testing. It also has established market leaders like the OPQ32 personality questionnaire – leading the way for 25 years.

We are SHL Partners .

Their range of tools includes:

Ability Tests – (online and paper tests) We offer numerical and verbal ability tests for all levels of the organisation. We also offer other ability tests including a full suite of clerical/admin tests and IT related ability tests. If you want to test managerial know how – we offer scenarios which will assess managerial ability.

Personality Questionnaires – We offer 5 personality questionnaires including the leading OPQ32. There are a wide range of recruitment and development reports available. Many of these are designed for untrained users.

Motivation Questionnaires - Motivation is powerful for development and performance enhancement. Motivation questionnaires are available online.

For more information on any of the above tools or information about Measurability and our services visit our website. We help many employers assess and select the right talent in Ireland. We would be happy to help you too.

Psychometric Testing can help you hire the right staff.

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

The problem with traditional interviews is that they are subjective. A weak handshake or no tie can influence your judgment about an interviewee. Traditional interviews have 4 possible outcomes.

True positive – You interview a candidate and they do a good interview. You hire the individual and they work out great in the job.

True negative – You interview a candidate at interview and they do a terrible interview. You deem them not suitable for your role and you were correct in your assessment. If hired they would not have performed in the job.

False positive – This is when a candidate does a great interview and you hire them. Unfortunately they do not turn out as good as you thought.

False negative – This is when you interview a candidate. They do a poor interview and you reject the applicant. Unfortunately they would have worked out well and performed in the role.

Employers need to reduce False Positive and False Negative scenarios as these can hurt your company and cost you dearly.

Psychometric testing can help you improve your hiring decisions. Ability tests and personality questionnaires can provide valuable objective information such as;

If the applicant has good numerical ability – an applicant with a degree as does not mean that they are good with numbers – be warned!!

If an applicant enjoys working with numbers – just because they are good with numbers does not mean that they enjoy working with numbers.

If an applicant can work on his own – if you are hiring for a position that involves working in isolation how do you assess if an applicant prefers to work on their own?

If an applicant enjoys negotiating and selling. They may be skilled interviewers and strong communicators BUT hate selling.

If an applicant enjoys competition. Put an uncompetitive person in a competitive environment and you will watch them wither.

If an applicant has a good attention to detail. What if your accountant did not have a good attention to detail? What if your Senior Buyer did not have a good attention to detail.

These are just some examples of information that psychometric testing can provide to support your recruitment decisions. If you would like more information contact Measurability.

Psychometric Testing and Psychometric Assessment in Ireland

Friday, February 29th, 2008

I work with a wide variety of clients across a number of sectors offering psychometric testing services. I was not surprised at the comments of a new client earlier this week – “testing really added value to our recruiting”.

For employers who have not used testing – PSYCHOMETRIC TESTS DO WORK.

CASE STUDY

This above client had a very basic recruitment process. They did not have a HR department and they relied on a two interview process and a few references. Two bad hires in the space of 3 months changed all of this. Both interviewers liked the two bad hires at interview and all references had checked out. As I explained this is the problem with traditional techniques – they do not work!!

They turned to us to explore the benefits of testing. They trialed the tools themselves (discounted rate). They liked what they saw and introduced testing to the next recruitment project. They used the OPQ32 personality questionnaire for candidates progressing to second round interview. Anyway they hired one of the applicants and this guy seems to be working out well.

What did they learn?

- Testing adds value to existing recruitment process.
- It does not cost an arm and a leg.
- It is easy to introduce with no extra work for the employer
- Information is supplied in a user friendly format.

If you want information about psychometric tests and sample reports visit out site.

Online Psychometric Testing and Assessment

Monday, February 25th, 2008

What type of online testing and assessment is available in  Ireland?

There are now a wide variety of tests and assessment available online to help employers hire the right staff. The available assessment tools include

Online Ability / Aptitude Tests – The most popular online ability tests are numerical and verbal tests. Initially these we developed for graduate recruitment as this is where there was the biggest demand for the service. Nowadays there are online tests for Management, Professionals, Graduates and clerical roles. These tests provide valuable information on current ability and future potential of applicants

Online Personality Questionnaires – Personality questionnaires are available from many providers. It is important to choose wisely though. We use SHL as they have a great reputation in the market place. They have a number of personality questionnaires and available recruitment reports but the most common is the OPQ32. See a sample recruitment report from the OPQ32.

Online motivation questionnaire – This is a great psychometric assessment tool for staff development and to improve the performance of teams and individuals. See a sample report from the motivation questionnaire.

What are the benefits of online testing and assessment?

There are many benefits of psychometric testing. Ultimately it helps employers hire the best candidate for the job. On the flip side introducing testing to your recruitment process is fair and objective which benefits the jobseeker. There is also the cost saving associated with hiring the right person. This article will provide other reasons to use psychometric testing.

Measurability offer assessment solutions to organisations in Ireland. We offer a wide range of assessment tools including those outlined above. We offer cost effective solutions that will enable you to access assessment tools without the investment in training and technology. To find out more about our services check out our website and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Ability Tests versus Online Ability Tests in Ireland

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Aptitude and Ability Tests
Ability tests play an essential part in the recruitment and selection process for many organisations. They provide objective information to help companies make hiring decisions. Research has proven that Ability Tests will increase the chances of hiring the right staff as they enable you to measure an applicants current ability and future potential. Two of the most common Ability Tests are Verbal Ability Tests and Numerical Ability Tests.Paper and Pencil v Online Ability TestsNormally ability tests are carried out in a classroom environment in paper and pencil format. Advances in technology have resulted in many ability tests being available online. The obvious benefits of online testing include;

- ability to sift large numbers of applicants very quickly

- removed the need to bring applicants on-site to complete the tests and the logistics involved

- ability to assess candidates who are situated in different regions.

Summed they save time and money while involving candidates in a fair and objective process.

There was a big question mark about letting applicants complete ability tests online remotely. Was the applicant actually doing the test themselves. To combat this it was recommended that all applicants invited for interview were retested on the day of the interview. Sounds like hard work!!

There is now a online tool called Verify which enables online ability tests while combating the outlined problem. It offers a new superior approach to unsupervised online testing.

If you are interested in psychometric testing, ability tests or personality questionnaire feel free to contact us for more information.

Psychometric Testing Ireland – OPQ32 – Online Personality Questionnaires

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

The OPQ32 is SHL’s leading Online Personality Questionnaire. It is the most popular assessment tool used for assessment and selection in the UK and Ireland (It can however be used for Development & Career Coaching).

What information does a Personality Questionnaires (OPQ32) give you?

It provides objective information to support your interview and selection process. The OPQ32 provides an indication of an individuals prefered behaviour at work, in-depth information on how an individual will fit into certain work environments, how they will work with others and how they will cope with different job requirements.

The OPQ32 is suitable for Management, Professional and Graduate recruitment. The OPQ32 can be completed online which helps your recruitment process.

For additional information on the OPQ32, other online psychometric testing tools and sample reports- measurability.