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REIQ Journal : September 2008
INDUSTRY PRACTICE 19 David Marriott, Director, Constructive Recruitment Research the right personality fit for your organisation An organisation’s cultural fit is difficult to define, but you know when you have found the right employee because they feel right. Culture is made up of the life experiences, values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviour of the entire organisation, from the executives to the trainees. Basically, it is the rules of your workplace and you need to have a very clear idea of what that is before embarking on any recruitment. Once you know the organisation’s cultural fit, it should be easy to work out the personality profile of the person you need to recruit. About the Author David Marriott established Constructive Recruitment with business partner, Giles Keay in 2003. He is a technical and operations recruitment expert with over 15 years experience in recruitment. Constructive Recruitment provides employers and jobseekers with strategic industry advice and specialist recruitment services. www.constructive.net.au Identify culture fit through psychometric testing Many employers now use psychometric testing as one of their recruitment tools. This testing method gives an insight into the way a candidate thinks and works that you cannot find out through their resume or in a 20-minute interview. Psychometric testing falls into two categories: aptitude and personality. Aptitude tests measure numerical, verbal, comprehension, abstract or spatial reasoning skills and information checking. Personality assessments look more at interests and motivations through a series of questions. Candidates’ answers are compiled into profiles, which you can compare with the profile of the person you are seeking. Reference checks After sorting through a bundle of candidates’ resumes, choosing a shortlist, interviewing, psychometric testing and listening to your instinct, there is one more task to ensure you have chosen the right person for your business: check their references. Be specific when you speak to referees and ask how the person coped in behavioural situations to help assess whether their personality fits with your business. Vorsprung durch Technik www.audicentregoldcoast.com.au The all new Audi A4.d A T e e The perfect design, meticulously planned. r c d , e c o Light and rain sensors Cruise control Fog lights integrated front and rear Milano leather Electro-mechanical parking brake Electronic stabilization program Adaptive airbags for driver and passenger with seat position detection Offi cial Sponsor of the Gold Coast Titans Audi Centre Gold Coast Cnr of Nind Street & Gold Coast Highway, Southport Experience the difference (Ph: 07 5583 8840 A/H Lachlan 0402 214 323, Brad 0405 005 044, Jason 0422 881 518 or Joshua 0400 881 810) *Price based on 1.8 TFSI Manual model, excludes dealer delivery and government statutory charges. St r niStarting from $50,900*fr m $ 0 900* 9 0 Servotronic speed-sensitive steering p d REIQ Journal September 2008