How to develop a robust recruitment system

Newturn Wikirefu / Posted On: 1 July 2020 / Updated On: 29 September 2022 / Human Resources General / 211

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How to develop a robust  recruitment system

An objective recruitment process should be informed by methods that are reliable and not based on subjective reasoning. Recruitment is the process of sourcing and acquiring the right applicants to an organisation. The recruitment process involves seeking and attracting a pool of qualified applicants using various feasible recruitment methods. According to Tong and Sivanand (2005), as global competition intensifies and industries become more intensive, the recruitment of qualified workers becomes essential and attracting the right applicants at the right time is getting tougher than ever. One of the greatest weaknesses of conventional recruitment is that it is not based on scientifically driven methods and hence it lacks objectivity. There are various modern methods of recruitment and selection that include among other methods:



What are Psychometric tests?

Any progressive organisation that  intends to hire the best talent must use psychometric tests as the first port of call when recruiting. Psychometric tests assesses the candidate’s suitability for a role based on measuring the different dimensions of cognitive ability that include among others:

  1. Verbal reasoning: It assesses the ability to comprehend, interpret and draw conclusions from oral or written language.
  2. Numerical reasoning: It assesses the ability to comprehend, interpret and draw conclusions from numerical information.
  3. Abstract Reasoning: It assesses the ability to reason logically with figures or designs
  4. Logical Reasoning: It assesses the ability to solve work-related problems and to think clearly and logically in an efficient and effective manner
  5. Mechanical Reasoning: It assesses the level of understanding of everyday physical laws such as force and leverage involved in the use of tools and equipment
  6. Space Relations: It measures the ability to understand and interpret spatial relationships between objects


Why using psychometric tests when recruiting?

  • They provide a valid and reliable method of selecting the most suitable job applicants or candidates for any position
  • There are rooted in scientific’ evidence and there add credibility and objectivity to the process of recruitment
  • They predict about 44% of a candidate’s job performance
  • There reduce recruitment costs by making sure that candidates with the right capacity are employed.
  • There unmask the hidden capacity of potential candidates


What  are Comprehensive Personality Assessments?

The comprehensive personality assessment test determines the extent to which a person will have an appropriate work approach and strong/constructive relationships with work colleagues. In assessing personality, psychologists prefer to measure the following personality dimensions:

  1. Consciousness: It reflects the extent to which one is organised and exercises due deligence
  2. Extroversion: It measures the extent to which one is outgoing and explorative
  3. Agreeableness: 
  4. Openness to experience: It measures the extent to which one is receptive to new ideas, imaginative, curious, and open-minded.
  5. Service   Orientation: A disposition to be helpful, thoughtful, considerate, and cooperative
  6. Ambition: It measures the extent to which one is motivated by competition and strives to achieve distinctiveness.
  7. Intellect: It measures the extent to which one innovative and creative
  8. Adjustment: refers to the behavioural process of balancing conflicting needs, or needs challenged by obstacles in the environment.


What is an  Assessment Centre?

An Assessment Centre can be defined as "a variety of testing techniques designed to allow candidates to demonstrate, under standardized conditions, the skills and abilities that are most essential for success in a given job. The assessment centres involve some exercises like :

  • Leaderless group discussion
  • Role play
  • Presentations
  • In-basket exercises
  • Work samples


What are competency based Interviews?

These are interviews that are designed in such a way that there are anchored on competencies required to excel in a particular job. Such kind of interviews are more objective than interviews that are merely based on curriculum vitae. The interview questions attempt to measure certain competencies depending on the position like :

  • Strategic orientation
  • Leadership
  • Business acumen
  • Planning and organising
  • Teamwork



Given this  back ground it is plausible to argue that a recruitment process that is not informed by scientifically driven methods does nothing other than hiring candidates who would turn out to be incompetent and there siphon the monetary resources of your organisation but not adding any value to your organisation.


Newturn Wikirefu is the Talent Acquisition Manager at Industrial Psychology Consultants (Pvt) Ltd a management and human resources consulting firm.

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