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Energy and process – two keys to successful staff development

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Written by John Berry on 16th October 2017. Revised 16th November 2020.

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Staff development is the act of persuading a member of staff to change – to change their skills, knowledge or behaviours – towards that wanted. That persuasion comes by way of training, mentoring or coaching. Staff have existing competencies and behaviours. The difference between what’s needed and what’s available today is what any development must focus on.

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Effective recruitment tools

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Written by John Berry on 28th November 2018. Revised 16th November 2020.

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All managers will interview candidates for jobs with their firm. Each interview, as the single selection instrument, must be designed to give evidence against all decision criteria. Interview alone is unable to be that good. Indeed, no single selection instrument is that good. We recommend the use of a number of ‘tools’ to support the interview. Read about those tools here.

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Linking performance on the job to selection criteria

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Written by John Berry on 6th February 2018. Revised 16th November 2020.

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Performance is when the employee does what they say they will. When recruiting, selection of new hires should be made on the test outcomes that evidence the personal characteristics, competencies and behaviours required for that performance. Base your selection on that evidence. Here's how.

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Recruitment, Search and Selection: get it right

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Written by John Berry on 31st May 2017. Revised 16th November 2020.

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When assessing job candidates, a manager is trying to predict which candidate will perform best in a specific role. It makes sense therefore to use a selection process that will give an optimum prediction and it should come as no surprise that a thirty minute friendly chat and other ‘light’ selection methods come well down on the effective prediction league table. Here's a comprehensive discussion on how to get recruitment right.

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Work sample tests in recruitment and selection

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Written by John Berry on 2nd May 2017. Revised 16th November 2020.

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Many recruitment consultants and recruiting managers conduct interviews. But few optimise the selection process. This blog sets out the role of a very special selection instrument – the work sample or skills test. 'Work samples' is one of four tools, which when used together provide the highest predictive validity of all staff selection methods.

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Talent is a thing – a very measurable, valuable thing

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Written by John Berry on 15th January 2018. Revised 16th November 2020.

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On BBC Radio 4, Margaret Heffernan, the writer and entrepreneur, mounts an attack on the idea that talent is a good predictor of future performance - and hence it should not be used in recruitment selection. Her article is a good listen but a bit muddled. Here we clarify and suggest that talent is not the useless thing that Margaret Heffernan suggests, but a multi-dimensional set of characteristics about each candidate that need to be known before making a job offer.

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