What if you had a crystal ball when hiring staff?

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Well, what does this crystal ball say about the candidate you are about to hire?

We all know that hiring people is a calculated risk. But how do you “calculate” the risk?

How do you minimize that risk? What are the best tools at hand to help you get it right – before it’s too late?

In fact, some hiring managers would be better off flipping a coin to decide if it’s hire or not-hire. At least there is a 50% chance of getting it right. And that is just so much better than trusting your gut or fall for the candidate’s dance when they turn up speaking in perfect English, professionally dressed, and super prepared for the toughest of interviews.

If you say that someone, especially an expert, looks into a crystal ball, you mean that they are trying to predict the future. Crystal balls are traditionally used by fortune-tellers.

4 things to measure to improve your hiring quality

Imagine you could assess the personality and behavoiur of your candidates on the four dimensions. Exactly what score between 0 to 10 will the candidate be?

  • Follower or Leader
  • Introvert or Extrovert
  • Impatient or Patient
  • Flexible or Structured

Do you agree that such an insight would be a tremendous asset to have when you are trying to understand the candidate’s personality?

From Follower to Leader:

Follower: Agreeable, accommodating, collaborating, working together in teams.

Leader: Driving the business agenda, make an impact, take control, competitive.

From-To Scale: Submissive – Agreeable – Supportive – Determined – Assertive – Aggressive

From Introvert to Extrovert:

Introvert: Leave me alone, analytical, provide me time to think.

Extrovert: Talkative, enthusiastic, great networker, a hunter, convincing.

From-To Scale: Quiet – Private – Reflective – Sociable – Influential – Annoying

From Impatience to Patience:

Impatience: Respond positively to pressure, need variety.

Patience: Most comfortable with familiarity, hate changes, don’t rock the boat, loyal.

From-To Scale: Erratic – Intense – Prompt – Composed – Stable – Steady

From Flexible to Structured:

Flexible: Adapt well to new challenges, improvise, shift strategies, best with no rules.

Structured: Concerned with formality, accuracy, framework, and structure.

From-To Scale: Rebellion – Spontaneous – Flexible – Diligent – Structured – Perfectionist

Introducing your crystal ball – it can be yours

Why do groups struggle to work together? Why is it so difficult to coach and motivate employees to work at their max capacity to achieve business goals?

These are all questions you’ve probably asked yourself before. People are extremely complex. The science-based methodology of The Predictive Index® allows you to understand what drives workplace behaviors so that you can ensure alignment, drive your team’s success, and achieve your business objectives.

Email me now and learn more – and get a free test

Give it a try. Contact me for more information. Get a 30-minute online demo on a video conference call. Test it yourself for free – of course. Tom Sorensen (Thailand) Co., Ltd. represents The Predictive Index in Thailand.

Email me: tom.s@tomsorensen.in.th and get your own Crystal Ball.

Tom Sorensen

Tom Sorensen is an executive search veteran with over 25 years of experience recruiting in Asia, Europe, and Africa. He has worked in executive search in Thailand since 2003 and is recognized as one of the country’s top recruiters and most profiled headhunters.