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4th Prediction Method = Role-Play
If applicant did well on 3rd Prediction Method, then have applicant do Role-Play immediately after In-Depth Interview. The 15 – 30 minute role-play lets you see if applicant has critical job skills. For example, have a Sales Rep applicant role-play selling. Then, assess applicant using a customized Role-Play Rating Checklist.
5th Prediction Method = Realistic Job Preview
If you decide applicant did well on 1st – 4th Prediction Methods, then do Realistic Job Preview: For RJP, applicant spends ½ - 1 day watching an employee doing job. Benefit: Applicants who received RJP are less likely to (a) accept job offer – but, if they accept, (b) turnover. Reason: The RJP assures they know what they are getting themselves into!
6th Prediction Method = 1 Executive Must Approve All Hiring
If applicant did well on 1st – 5th Prediction Methods, then one executive at your company reviews Applicant Rating Summary Form. Your company’s quick Applicant Summary Rating Form * summarizes ratings – positive, average, or negative – on 1st – 5th Prediction Methods * “forces” managers to actually use your structured hiring steps
Important: If applicant’s ratings on 1st – 5th Prediction Methods include + all positive ratings, then executive may approve hiring applicant - average or negative ratings, then executive may not allow applicant to be hired
7th Prediction Method = Reference Checks
If your company decides applicant did well on 1st – 6th Prediction Methods – plus accepts job offer – then you conduct Reference Checks. If they prove + positive, then your company keeps applicant as an employee - negative, then you take appropriate action
How Much Time Do You Need to Hire Best? Many managers moan they are time-crunched, and ask how much time these seven steps require. Two answers: 1. If an applicant does well on 1st – 7th Prediction Methods, then you invested 2 – 3 hours to hire best 2. Ask yourself: How much time – and money – did you waste when you hired average or below-average applicants? You wasted many hours – plus salary, benefits and low productivity – because you failed to invest only 2 – 3 hours to hire best!
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Michael Mercer, Ph.D., is America’s Hire the Best Expert™. Dr. Mercer authored five books, including “Hire the Best -- & Avoid the Rest™”. Many companies rely on his pre-employment test – “Abilities & Behavior Forecaster™ Test” – to help hire the best. You can subscribe to his free e-Newsletter at www.DrMercer.com or call him at (847) 382-0690.