Category Archives: Talent Management

Video Blog 8 – Long-Term Benchmarking

Greg Maciolek discusses why you want to continue to refine a benchmark over time. Once you set the initial benchmark, you need to monitor it after six months and then a year to see how well it is working to effectively hiring the right person for the job. After a year, you can look at the top performers and ensure that the benchmark is on target. If there is anyone who has been terminated, you can start looking at how that person or persons differ from the strong performers to see if you can determine critical scales. This process will go a long way towards keeping your hiring on track.

Video Blog 5 – HR Case Study on Hiring Effectively

Greg Maciolek describes how Human Resources becomes a strategic partner and a profit center in the eyes of the Executive Team. Case study shows how a company hired 45 sales reps in three weeks and took a product line form $1M/year to $1M/month in 6 months. Top 10 sales reps averaged 125% of sales and the top 37 averaged 109% after nine months. Next five sales reps averaged between 99% and 92%. The company invested $50K and they generated $68.5M in sales for an ROI of 137,000%.

Video Blog 4 – Human Resources Departments Need to Think and Speak Strategically

Blog 04 – HR Departments Must Think and Speak StrategicallyPart 4 of a series on the hiring process.

Many Human Resources Departments have been outsourced or have seen their budgets cut because they are viewed as a staff function and a cost center. HR Executives need to learn to think and speak strategically and be viewed as a profit center by better telling their story in terms of ROI by increasing productivity and decreasing turnover.

VB1 – How to hire smarter with pre-employment assessments – a series

How to hire smarter using pre-employment assessments – Part 1 of a series

Greg Maciolek will offer a series of videos that will help a manager learn to hire smarter and avoid mistakes that causes a manager to hire someone not fit for a job. Greg will introduce the use of pre-employment assessments as a way to get objective data about a candidate.

Hiring Assessments Make a Difference

Why use hiring assessments? When I ask prospects about why they don’t, they say that I can tell a good one from a poor one just by talking with them, you know, I use my gut. I will often try a bit more logic with them but I usually end up walking away because they are dead-set on using their gut while their turnover rate increases and their productivity rate continues its downward trend. By the way, the difference in productivity between an average hire and an excellent hire is about 30%!

An analogy I’ve borrowed from a good friend of mine in the assessment business is asking the client if they’ve ever purchased a used car and if they did, did they have a third party mechanic look over the car and provide an objective account of its condition. The mechanic will tell you whether the car is in good shape, poor shape or someplace in between. The mechanic could come back with something like this: “the brakes will need to be replaced in 5,000 miles and the transmission fluid is dirty. Otherwise, the car looks in fine shape.” With the information, the buyer can return to the seller and make an informed decision. The buyer could say, no deal; or how about replacing the brakes and the transmission fluid and then I’ll have my mechanic look it over again. Or, perhaps the buyer could try to get a reduce price since the brakes and transmission fluid needs replacing. Again, the buyer has objective data with which to make an informed buying decision.

That’s what valid and reliable hiring assessments can do for you when you are looking to hire someone. It provides the selecting official with an objective view of the candidates cognitive, behaviors and interests which have bearing on the position that is to be filled. The results are compared against a performance model which is created by assessing the best of the best in a job category who have 18-24 months in the job. Why this time frame? Because you want to compare against those who are excelling and not those who are taking their time to get the job right.

The reports helps the selecting official to focus their interview if they want to interview at all. If you want objective data that is reliable about the person you are interviewing, then you know where the interview needs to go if you are going to consider hiring the candidate.

In the last year, I have been working with a nation-wide client whose retention rate in a customer service position went from 30% to 95% retention in about six months. The use of assessments reduced the turnover rate by two-thirds? That’s a lot.

So what do you think?