Did you know that pre-hire assessments have been in use since the third century? According to a Harvard Business Review article, Chinese imperial leaders of the Han dynasty used them to assess “knowledge, intellect, and moral integrity when selecting civil servants.”
Today, 76% of medium to large companies use pre-hire assessments to evaluate job candidates. And this is much more than just evaluating someone’s knowledge or skill; this is about preventing surprises after the “honeymoon period” (the first six to nine months on the job, when the new employee is on their best behavior).
It’s at the end of that six-to-nine-month time frame that the real personality of your new employee starts to emerge. That’s when they feel settled in enough to relax and let down their best-behavior guard. And that’s when the su... FULL ARTICLE >
You probably run a background check on your employment candidates. After all, you don’t want to hire someone with an undisclosed criminal record, so the check is simply sensible risk-management practice.
But the fact is, a background check only tells you about the people who got caught.
What about the people who haven’t gotten caught? The ones who are a bit smarter, a bit faster, a bit more cautious in their behavior?
Here are five things background checks won’t tell you about your candidates.
If you’re in retail, you know about inventory shrinkage. Obviously customer shoplifting is a big part of shrinkage – but did you know that employee theft is only slightly less expensive for you than shoplifting: 34.5% versus 38% for shoplifting? (These numbers are from the National Retail Federatio... FULL ARTICLE >
Have you ever watched teams of rowers – especially the larger boats (called “sculls”) crewed by eight rowers plus the Coxswain?
There’s more to that smooth, even, gliding movement than meets the eye.
And that’s why, in redesigning the Plotkin™ website, we chose a rowing team to represent our mission.
A rowing team – and your business – needs more than just quality, skilled people.
You need those people in the right seats, doing the jobs they’re most suited to do.
The Coxswain is the CEO, setting strategy, steering the boat, and calling out tactics to the team.
The Stroke, next in line to the CEO, is competitive and skilled. This is your VP of Sales (or the equivalent in your organization), setting the pace for success.
The Seven position, just after the Stroke, anticipates timing and provides an e... FULL ARTICLE >
“We knew that our employees would be the key to our success, and we knew what we had to do philosophically, we just weren’t sure how to get there. And that’s where we were fortunate enough to find Jim’s group to help us.
Plotkin helped us develop a tremendous culture of excellence in our organization. We had 3,500 employees, and we were able to reach every employee, top to bottom, and they all had a pride in the organization that we were able to instill in them with many of the programs that we worked with Plotkin on. As a result, all our business results were outstanding – profitability, awards and recognition, and brand building.”Pete Davison, former SVP & COO for PGA Tour’s TPC Network.
“Turnover at our organization averages 65%, and 1/3 of our hires leave within their first 90 days. In 2014, after piloting the Stanton Survey for 9 months, we operationalized it across our company. The data we gathered during this period showed significantly lower turnover of new hires – approximately 17% at both the 6 and 9 month post-hire dates, respectively, within the pilot period. Improving our turnover rates was the reason we started using the Stanton Survey, but the by-product is a better hire. The down-stream effects of a good hiring decision are irrefutable and can last for years. Better people hire better people.”VP of HR, Consumer Loan Finance Company; South Carolina
"The value of The Plotkin Group assessments has been twofold," explains [Title] Dick Kopplin. "The testing process gives us increased credibility with our clients and the assurance that we are evaluating candidates not only through our own process, but by using impartial experts. In addition, the testing often indicates that we should do some additional checking on candidates who have not tested well in certain areas. We would highly recommend the services provided by The Plotkin Group."#1 Recruiter in his Industry
"The Stanton Survey helped us reduce workers comp by 75%!”HR Manager; Printing Company