November 9, 2017

DOES YOUR SELECTION PROCESS HAVE A FULL BAG OF CLUBS?

Tiger Woods, one of the greatest golfers of all time, would not enter a tournament with fewer than 14 clubs on purpose.  (14 is the max allowed in tournament golf) There is no reason for any competitive golfer to carry fewer than 14 clubs in their bag.  Otherwise, their competition would have a better chance of winning.  All 14 clubs serve a different purpose similar to each method in your hiring process.  If Tiger would have played with 9 or 10 clubs while his opponents were playing with 14 clubs, he would not have been successful.  

I recently read a research paper on selection methods.  They studied over 25 different selection methods including Employee Assessments, Unstructured and Structured Interviews, Education, Reference Checks, etc…. It’s no surprise that some methods were very predictive while other methods were deemed not helpful at all towards predicting overall job performance.  The types of jobs in your business and how you operate your business will determine which predictive methods should be in your hiring process.    

Would you recommend that your friend get married after a 30 minute cup of coffee? What would that success rate look like?  The old paradigm of interviewing being the main driver to determine who is hired should not be your only club.  The Driver is a golf club that hits it the furthest for all golfers.  Even though the Driver goes the furthest it is not typically used on all holes, because accuracy is more important.  The better your selection process can be, the more accurate you’ll be too.

As we enter our 50th year in business in 2018, we are here to help you and your company make more informed decisions.  Hiring the wrong person is painful and very costly.  Companies (small to large) are using Employee Assessments with more success than ever before. There is no one ‘silver bullet’, it’s a combination of appropriate predictive selection methods for the job that will yield optimal results.  The predictive validity of your selection process will impact your company’s P&L in many ways.  

Please contact us if you would like to learn more about Employee Assessments for selection, development and retention of your staff.  

"I’m a firm believer in the theory that people only do their best at things they truly enjoy.  It is difficult to excel at something you don’t enjoy." Jack Nicklaus The Greatest Golfer Ever