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What Is The Predictive Index Job Assessment?

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Hiring the right person for a job is more than just filling a vacancy. It’s about finding someone who not only has the right skills but also fits perfectly into your company’s culture. But let’s be honest, making such decisions isn’t always easy. It takes time, resources, and often, there’s still a chance you might not get it quite right. This is where The Predictive Index Job Assessment™ comes into play.

Imagine having a tool that helps you see beyond CVs and interviews, a tool that gives you a clearer picture of who your candidates really are and how well they’ll fit into the role you’re hiring for. That’s exactly what The Predictive Index Job Assessment™ offers. It’s a smart, efficient way to make sure your next hire is not just a good one but the right one.

In this post, we’ll dive into what The Predictive Index Job Assessment™ is all about, how it works, and, most importantly, how it can save you both time and money by helping you make smarter hiring decisions. Let’s get started on ensuring your next hire is the perfect fit for your team.

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Understanding The Predictive Index Job Assessment™

When we talk about The Predictive Index Job Assessment™, we’re referring to a unique tool designed to revolutionise the way you hire. It’s not just another step in the recruitment process; it’s a game-changer. Let’s break down what it is and how it works.

What is The Predictive Index Job Assessment™?

At its core, The Predictive Index Job Assessment™ is an online tool that transforms the way you think about job roles and candidate suitability. It’s built on two main pillars:

  1. Behavioural Requirements: This aspect looks at what behavioural traits a candidate needs to succeed in a specific role. It’s not just about having the right skills but also about having the right attitude and personality that match what the job demands.

  2. Cognitive Complexity: Here, the focus is on understanding the level of cognitive ability the role requires. It’s about ensuring that the job’s intellectual demands align well with the candidate’s cognitive skills, ensuring they’re challenged but not overwhelmed.

How Does it Work?

The Predictive Index Job Assessment™ starts with setting a clear and precise target for the job role. This is done through a comprehensive online questionnaire, which is completed by key stakeholders in your company. These stakeholders could be anyone from the hiring manager to team members who understand the role’s demands well.

Once the responses are in, the tool analyses them to create a job target. This target isn’t just a list of skills; it’s a detailed profile that includes the behavioural and cognitive attributes ideal for the role. It sets a clear benchmark, making it easier to assess how well candidates align with what you’re looking for.

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Your Step by Step Process

Understanding the process of The Predictive Index Job Assessment™ is key to utilising it effectively. Let’s explore each step in detail:

1. Setting the Job Target

  • Initial Questionnaire: The process begins with an online questionnaire, completed by key stakeholders. These stakeholders are individuals who have a deep understanding of the role, such as the hiring manager, current team members, or even someone who previously held the position. Their insights are crucial in defining what the role truly entails.

  • Defining Requirements: The questionnaire focuses on identifying the behavioural traits and cognitive abilities needed for success in the role. It’s not just about the technical skills but also about the personality and thinking style that would best suit the job.

  • Consensus and Clarity: Once all stakeholders have provided their input, the system analyses the data to create a consensus on the role’s requirements. This step ensures that everyone agrees on what the job demands, eliminating ambiguity and setting a clear target for the type of candidate you’re looking for.

An example of the questions used to create a Job Assessment by Predictive Index

2. Matching and Scoring

  • Evaluating Candidates: As you receive applications, The Predictive Index Job Assessment™ allows you to evaluate candidates against the established job target. This step involves assessing their behavioural patterns and cognitive abilities, providing a data-driven approach to understanding how well they fit the role.

  • Interview Guide Creation: One of the unique features is the generation of a customised Interview Guide for each candidate. This guide is based on how the candidate’s profile compares with the job target. It suggests specific questions to ask during the interview, focusing on confirming their fit or exploring any areas where they differ from the job profile.

3. Implementation in Companies

  • Stakeholder Involvement: Begin by inviting stakeholders to contribute their insights into the job assessment. These contributions are vital in creating a comprehensive and accurate job target.

  • Reaching an Agreement: After collecting inputs, hold a meeting to discuss and finalise the behavioural and cognitive requirements for the role. This step ensures everyone is on the same page and agrees on what the role demands.

  • Candidate Assessment: Candidates complete the assessment, which takes about 10 minutes. Their responses provide insights into 90 behavioural and 20 cognitive items that are critical for success in the role.

  • Candidate Ranking: The software then ranks candidates based on how well they match the job target, simplifying the decision-making process.

  • Job Target Report: Finally, you receive a Job Target Report. This report not only summarises the job requirements but also provides insights into the behavioural and cognitive aspects needed for the role. It’s a valuable resource for creating job adverts, descriptions, and preparing for interviews.

An example of the Job Assessment by Predictive Index

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Why Use The Predictive Index Job Assessment?

Implementing The Predictive Index Job Assessment™ in your hiring process offers a myriad of benefits. Here are some key advantages that highlight its value:

1. Objective and Consistent Hiring

  • Reduces Bias: By focusing on behavioural and cognitive requirements, this tool helps eliminate unconscious biases that can influence hiring decisions. It ensures that candidates are evaluated based on objective criteria rather than subjective impressions.
  • Promotes Diversity and Inclusion: Objective assessments encourage a more diverse range of applicants, as decisions are based on fit for the role rather than background or experiences that might not be relevant.

2. Efficient Recruitment Process

  • Time-Saving: The Predictive Index Job Assessment™ streamlines the recruitment process. By having a clear job target, you spend less time on unsuitable candidates and more on those who genuinely fit the role.
  • Improved Candidate Quality: With a detailed job target, the candidates you shortlist are more likely to meet the specific requirements of the role, leading to a higher quality of applicants.

3. Data-Driven Decision Making

  • Informed Choices: The tool provides tangible data on candidate suitability, allowing you to make informed decisions rather than relying on gut feelings or less reliable methods.
  • Clearer Insight into Candidate Fit: The detailed analysis of behavioural and cognitive traits gives you a clearer understanding of how well a candidate will perform in the role and fit into your team.

4. Ease of Integration and Application

  • Simple Integration: The Predictive Index Job Assessment™ is designed to be easily integrated into your existing hiring processes and systems.
  • Broad Application: It’s suitable for a range of roles and industries, making it a versatile tool for various hiring needs.

5. Continuous Improvement in Hiring

  • Adaptable to Changing Needs: The tool can be continually adjusted and refined as your company’s needs and the nature of roles evolve.
  • Supports Long-Term Talent Strategy: Beyond hiring, it provides valuable insights for employee development and succession planning, aligning with your long-term talent management strategies.

The Predictive Index Job Assessment™ not only helps in making smarter, more efficient hiring decisions but also supports a broader talent management approach. It’s a comprehensive solution for any business looking to enhance its recruitment process and ensure that every hire is the right hire.

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Case Study: SME in Transition

  • Scenario: A medium-sized enterprise in the manufacturing sector was undergoing a major transition, shifting towards more automated processes. They needed to hire new talent with different skill sets but were struggling to identify the right candidates.
  • Solution: By using The Predictive Index Job Assessment™, they could clearly define the new roles and understand the behavioural patterns and cognitive abilities needed. This clarity helped them attract and assess candidates more effectively.
  • Outcome: The company successfully filled several key positions with candidates who not only had the necessary technical skills but also exhibited the behavioural traits needed for these new, more technologically advanced roles. This led to smoother integration of new processes and a more cohesive team dynamic.
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Final Thoughts

In the fast-paced, ever-evolving world of business, making the right hiring decisions is crucial. It’s not just about filling a position; it’s about finding someone who will bring value, fit into your company culture, and grow with your business. This is where The Predictive Index Job Assessment™ makes a significant difference.

As we’ve seen, this tool isn’t just another step in the recruitment process; it’s a comprehensive solution. By focusing on both behavioural and cognitive aspects of candidates, it allows you to see beyond the resume, ensuring that your next hire is not just qualified but truly suitable for the role and your company. From tech start-ups to SMEs, the practical applications and success stories we’ve discussed demonstrate its versatility and effectiveness.

The goal is not just to hire; it’s to hire the right person. The Predictive Index Job Assessment™ aligns perfectly with this philosophy, providing a structured, data-driven approach to recruitment. It helps you save time and resources, reduces turnover, and ensures a higher success rate in your hiring decisions.

As you move forward in your recruitment journey, consider integrating The Predictive Index Job Assessment™ into your strategy. It’s an investment that pays off by empowering you to make smarter, more informed hiring decisions, aligning perfectly with our motto of “make the right decision, the first time and every time.”

Let’s embrace a smarter approach to hiring, ensuring every new addition to your team is a step towards greater success.

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In Partnership With Humanostics

360 Talent Solutions Ltd is an Associate Partner of Humanostics® , a PI Certified Partner authorised to use the science, assessment software, and curriculum of management workshops of The Predictive Index.

In partnership with Humanostics, we provide companies in the UK and across Europe access to the assessment tools provided by The Predictive Index.

Take the 6-minute PI Behavioral Assessment™ today.  Once you have completed the 6-minute assessment, I will send you a Full Behavioral Report by Predictive Index.

How Can We Help

From supporting the growth of leading pharma companies over the past 10 years, I have learnt that when it comes to predicting future performance, technology is key:

  • Education, years of experience, and references all have low predictive value. Yet, we rely on these for screening early in the recruitment process.
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Assessments, have much higher predictive value, and when combined with interviews, provide the most effective method for predicting future performance.

For me, hiring without the use of psychometric assessments is like trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle with pieces missing … and no picture on the box. It’s not fun, it takes longer, and when you are almost finished, you realise you have pieces missing.

Take the assessment today and start measuring more to improve your recruitment.

If you are interested in learning more or are ready to incorporate behavioral data into your recruitment process, please contact me today, I will be happy to help.

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Dave Crumby

Founder at 360 Talent Solutions

Certified Predictive Index Practitioner 

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