How do you measure candidate intelligence?

  • Post published:27/03/2014
  • Reading time:3 mins read

It has been widely reported that Google’s number one search criteria for hiring is now the candidate’s learning ability or what is also called cognitive ability.

Google’s senior vice president of people operations interviewed with The New York Times and noted that “GPAs are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless… we found that they don’t predict anything. For every job, the No. 1 thing we look for is general cognitive ability. It’s learning ability, to process on the fly, to pull together disparate bits of information.”7802_magnifying_glass_silver_burgundyLow

For many years a person’s cognitive abilities have been considered the best predictor of an individual’s pace of learning and, consequently, the individual’s potential to perform on the job. Many experts and leading companies regard the assessment of cognitive abilities perhaps even more important than personality checks.

General cognitive abilities have the greatest impact on job performance because they directly enhance a person’s ability to gain job knowledge. 4558_stethoscope_burgundyIntroducing PLI – a scientifically validated management tool that offers fresh understanding of the individual logical basis that makes people work.

  • A PLI link is now issued every 3 minutes globally. At any given time there are up to 100 people taking the PLI assessment simultaneously
  • Almost 200,000 people from over 100 countries have completed PLI assessments
  • There are 250 companies actively using PLI as an integral part of their recruitment process.
  • PLI is the outright world leader among cognitive assessments in terms of language availability with 66 in total – including Thai

PLI helps you make sound, people-smart decisions with the best results for your company. The PLI test contains no questions that require knowledge that is specific to a certain culture or a certain part of the world. The questions in the test are culturally neutral and relate to the logical ability of an individual, and not to specific technical knowledge or wisdom.

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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.