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When recruiting, assess for personality to fit the position and your company

Posted by Scott Fiore on February 7, 2019

You’re recruiting candidates for an upper-level management position and are preparing to interview the top prospects. All have the experience and education that should qualify them for the position. But beyond their names and current work titles, who are they really? And how can you determine who is most likely to succeed in the position?

Nearly all employers have confidently hired people who were great fits professionally and academically and seemed nice enough during the interview. But for one reason or another, they didn’t work out and, before completing a year on the job, were gone. The results? A sidetracked career for them and a loss of money for your company.

Can this be prevented? While impossible to avoid completely, these unfortunate hires can be reduced by assessing candidates for personality as part of the job recruitment process.

Assessment for personality during job recruitment can help screen out unsuitable candidates and result in more successful hires. Personality has been shown to be a strong predictor of satisfactory job performance.

In job recruitment, test and look for personality traits that will lead to success

Once you have your initial pool of candidates, you can whittle it down to a manageable number of those who are most qualified and appear to be compatible with your company. Many companies engage professional recruiters for this because they can assess for soft (personal) skills as well as for hard (technical) skills.

At TriStarr, assessing for personality and compatibility is part of our six-step candidate evaluation process. This is partly responsible for our industry-leading placement rate. By getting it right the first time, we can save our clients substantial time and money.

With a candidate’s behavioral and personality profile, as well as a skills assessment, you can determine if he or she has the traits needed for success in the position.

You can also look for personality and compatibility during the face-to-face job interview. Job interviews can provide you with insight to a candidate’s personal traits that may be important in the position. For example, you might look for manners, personal appearance, ease with conversation, and sociability.

Supplementing personal interviews with personality assessments are likely to land candidates who are compatible with your company and will remain on the job for a few years.

TriStarr is a regional industry leader with proven job recruitment success

At TriStarr, a recruitment employment agency in Lancaster, PA, we’re proud of our excellent job recruitment success rate over many years. We actually back our recruiting with our Good People Guarantee. If a client isn’t satisfied with someone we have recruited within the first six months, our guarantee goes into effect. We will replace the person at no cost or provide a prorated refund. Our clients rarely use the Good People Guarantee because they find their new hire nearly always meets their needs.

If you would like help with finding the “right-fit” candidates in a tough job recruitment market, contact us online or call us at (717) 560-2111. In addition to Lancaster, TriStarr also serves clients in York, Harrisburg, Hershey and Reading.

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