Profiling an interviewee

The interview process can be tiresome with no guarantee of a happy ending. Even after a series of rigorous interviews, you may find yourself no closer to filling a position than when you first began. Psychological assessments could narrow your options and lead you to the ideal candidate.

The Dilemma

He enters the interview room, neat, presentable, punctual. So far you can tick all the corresponding boxes. The conversation that follows is no better or worse than the ones that preceded it. He answers all the questions, careful to insert his full-stops and commas in the right places.

“Tell me about yourself” you say. The inevitable generic answer proceeds from the young man in front of you who is desperately trying to hide his nervousness. No doubt the response will include at least one of the top three phrases “I’m a hard worker” “I work well in a team” or “I thrive under pressure”. And so the conversation goes until eventually he walks out the door, leaving you more confused and unsure about your impending decision.

Need some help?

As an HR practioner nominating or selecting the best candidate for the job can be extremely challenging. In some cases high unemployment rates, which have increased the amount of applications only add to the stress of choosing one individual from hundreds of potentials.

In addition, the performance of a new recruit could bring your ability and judgment into question.With every decision you are indirectly putting your reputation on the line.

CV’s and interviews are not always enough to provide an accurate description of an applicant and when there is so much at stake can you afford to rest on these elements alone? For this reason aptitude and personality tests were developed. These do not replace the CV’s and job interviews but augment them, thereby providing you with a significantly better opportunity of making the right choice.

The ProfileXT (PXT) is a comprehensive assessment tool which assesses:

· General Ability

· Verbal Ability

· Numerical Ability

· Personality – Traits

· Occupational Interests

This tool is designed to assist individuals for purposes such as selection, placement, development, coaching and succession planning. “The PXT is a battery of 20 scales divided into 3 sections. There are 9 behavioural trait scales (plus a distortion scale) which cover those behavioural characteristics which have the greatest influence on “Job Fit”, 6 occupational interest scales similar in coverage to stand alone interest inventories and 4 Thinking Style scales which cover different aspects of verbal and numerical ability and the results from which are combined to provide the final scale, a learning index.”

For more information visit Profiles of South Africa or contact Sibusiso Mathe from Profiles of South Africa on (031) 767 7174.


By Cindy Payle



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