Tag Archives: assessment

How can organisations select the very best candidates?

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) asked Talentspace director and Chartered Psychologist Dr Rob Yeung to write an article reviewing the effectiveness of some common methods used by organisations to interview and evaluate candidates. One key finding from the academic research is that investment in better assessment and selection methods typically has a higher […]

How to identify and eliminate bad leadership

Most leaders have a so-called ‘dark side’ – behavioural weaknesses that emerge when they feel under pressure at work. For example, some people get irritable or outright angry. Others withdraw and become less communicative. A few take greater risks. Understanding the dark side is important for all of us. If we understand our personal weaknesses, […]

Why do interviewers need written competencies for interviewing candidates?

Many managers believe themselves to be good judges of character. However, most human resources professionals as well as business schools researchers accept that the traditional interview is a poor method for selecting the best candidates. We know this because of research looking at the predictive validity of different interview methods. Predictive validity is the correlation […]

Talentspace writes an official guide to interviewing for The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times commissioned Talentspace to write a book on Successful Interviewing and Recruitment.  The first edition of the book came out in 2008 but was successful enough to warrant a second edition which was published in 2010. This second edition remains in print and continues to sell both in the UK as well as […]

What are the pros and cons of using personality tests in the workplace?

Given Talentspace’s deep experience of assessing senior individuals within the banking and finance sector, Finance Week magazine asked for an article on the potential benefits and pitfalls associated with using personality tests at work. The article is reproduced in full below. When we tell clients that we sometimes use personality tests to help organisations decide […]

What are the characteristics of good quality feedback and criticism?

Few people enjoy being criticised. Yet constructive, carefully-phrased criticism is a potent tool. Organisations that foster a culture of constructive criticism find that their teams perform more strongly. Individuals who seek out criticism and feedback about themselves learn more quickly and find themselves able to do their jobs more successfully. This article taken from a […]

How can structuring a selection interview make it more effective?

Many managers believe that they are good judges of character. Unfortunately, many line managers overestimate their ability to spot strong candidates and weed out weak ones. In this article from the Executive Appointments section of The Sunday Times, Talentspace director Dr Rob Yeung outlines some ways in which structuring selection interviews can help line managers […]

Should personality tests be used for hiring or developing people?

Many consultants offer personality tests. But not all personality tests are created equally. There are two questions that must be asked in choosing the right personality test: 1) Is the test reliable? 2) Is the test valid – does it actually predict useful outcomes in the workplace? In this piece, Talentspace director and Chartered Psychologist […]