Using Business Psychology
As part of our guide to leadership recruitment, we have discussed the various recruitment methods your business can utilise. Here at Davis Associates, we are qualified experts in the field of business psychology. After seeing the benefits within an array of client organisations over the past three decades, we know that using business psychology to aid the recruitment process will enable you to hire the best people for your business.
What is Business Psychology?
The Association of Business Psychology describes business psychology as “an applied science that investigates how to make people and organisations more effective.” Through a combination of psychological principles, methodical investigation and scientific research, it explores how to make organisations — and the people who work within them — happier, effective and productive.
Business psychology may not be something you’ve come across before. However, it has a lot of value when it comes to recruitment and the development and training of individual employees, as well as the performance improvement of teams and the organisation as a whole.
How Can Business Psychology Help the Recruitment Process?
The aim of using business psychology in recruitment is to help businesses select the right candidate for the position through a variety of assessment techniques. This often involves delving into aspects of a candidate’s personality, personal values, attitudes, leadership style, managerial judgement, emotional intelligence, cognitive abilities and motivational drivers.
The cost of hiring the wrong person can be huge. The wrong candidate is often selected due to positions needing to be filled quickly. However, spending the extra time to find the right person can make a significant difference.
Using Psychometric Testing in Recruitment
Business psychologists often recommend using psychometric tests during recruitment. The most important role of a psychometric test is making it relevant to the position. The employer must know what they are looking for; otherwise, the test has no real value.
There are a huge array of different types of psychometric tests and not all psychometric tests are created equal, some offering worryingly low reliability and validity measures. This is why it’s important to consult a professional business psychologist. They can offer impartial advice about what type of testing is right for your position and your company culture. When analysing results, they will offer objective guidance based on years of expertise and expert psychological understanding.
Davis Associates is a team of highly qualified, experienced business psychologists. Call our HR consultants in Surrey today on 020 8398 6644 to find out how our experts can help your recruitment process.
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