How can I ensure I employ the best applicant?

Companies have been asking themselves this question for over a century, and in reality, there is no easy answer.

The reason you are most likely talking to us is to expand or improve the technical, commercial or managerial capability in your organisation. In all cases the consequences of making the wrong hiring decision can be costly to your business in many ways. For technical and commercial roles your business may become less competitive in your market. Below par management can have harmful results such as lost productivity in a complete department and/or low staff morale. In all cases the financial cost of replacement can range from 30% to 50% of annual salary.

Sadly, it’s not uncommon for clients to contact us with vacancies because the previous job holder “didn’t work out” or they had to “let them go”. It may be a surprise to know that whilst general interviews remain the most popular approach to staff selection, they are also one of the least predictive of future job performance.

Whilst risk cannot be eliminated, it can be greatly reduced by using a more robust and objective approach to selection.

Here at Cartisian Technical Recruitment we recognise this as a specific area of expertise and we are pleased to have identified a partner with over 30 years’ experience in the world of staff selection and development to work with us and our clients to provide a range of totally independent services, all designed to offer the assistance you need, when you need it.


Psychometric Services We Offer Include:

Ability Testing

In roles where specific abilities are essential, such as the ability to make decisions using numerical data, eg, Production or Quality managers, and making decisions using verbal written information, ie Sales professionals, candidates can be objectively assessed and compared using fast and effective tools which have been proven to be some of the most effective in use today.

Personality Assessment

For most roles involving people and project management personality is a key factor and can make a huge difference in performance. State of the art tools are used from leading global suppliers to determine personality preferences and predict behaviours in the role. Personality data can be combined with motivation results to identify likely sales style and approach.

Managerial Judgement

Managerial judgement assessment is focused on how people make decisions in the workplace and to what degree factors influence them. It will determine how people focus their energy on their objectives, managing people individually and in teams, and managing their reputation in the business. The assessment is a test of knowledge and experience, and when combined with a personality assessment is very powerful.

Other services on offer include working with clients to conduct object interview programmes, assessment centres, and using the approaches indicated above to provide management development.


If you would like to take a more objective approach to your selection and development programmes, please contact us on 0121 295 1622 or email

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