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A Transparent Approach to Data-Driven Talent Assessments
What makes a person a good fit for any role? Research has shown that past experience is not a good predictor of future performance. Yet candidate screening still relies on resumes. Bryq was created to provide that deeper insight into why a candidate can be a good fit for your organization.
The most effective hiring selection practices
And those that don’t work so well, based on validity coefficients ranging from 0 to 1. The higher the number, the higher the correlation between test scores and predicted job performance.
Research has shown that the assessment that Bryq uses tests like Bryq (that (combined cognitive and personality) have the highest correlation with predicted job performance versus any other measure.
Psychometric research has found that cognitive skills assessments are powerful predictors of future job performance. Bryq measures 4 distinct skills – Numerical, Logical Reasoning, Verbal, and Attention to detail.
Bryq’s personality assessment is based on a framework known as 16 Personality Factors. British psychologist Raymond Cattell used a statistical procedure known as factor analysis to pinpoint sixteen personality traits that could be used to understand behavior and differing personalities. These primary traits make up his personality test, which was developed over several decades and is used by psychologists, as well as recruitment consultants and individuals for personal and career development.
The I/O Psychology Framework
Bryq is based on established theories of Industrial / Organizational Psychology, that have been thoroughly vetted, verified, and tested over time. We know how we measure, but we also know why these are valid and accurate predictors for job performance.
Why 16PF and not MBTI or DISC?
The most popular and widely used personality assessments are Myers-Briggs and DISC. While both are very valuable for some purposes,, both fall short when it comes to accuracy, ease of interpretation, and stability over time.
The accuracy of the Myers- Briggs assessment has been debated for a long time. This is, among other reasons, due to its binary groupings. It creates a forced-choice situation between two options and has been criticized for not providing results that are stable over time.
While the DiSC assessment is widely used and considered more reliable than Myers-Briggs it has not been adequately studied to prove its accuracy versus actual job performance. In addition, its results can be lengthy requiring special training in order to interpret them appropriately making it difficult to use.
Holland Code (RIASEC)
Psychologist Dr. John Holland created a three-letter code that make-up an individual’s three dominant personality types out of six possible choices. Holland classified the personality types in six groups: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. He believed that occupations could be classified in the same way and that matches between the two can be made. This theory is one of the most frequently applied career development tools and demonstrates Holland’s belief that one’s occupation selection is actually an expression of one’s personality. This theory dates back to the early 70’s and substantial research has been completed on it since, essentially confirming its validity across race, gender and ethnic groups.
The Five-Factor Model
The Five-Factor Model, or “The Big Five”, was developed by several independent researchers who discovered and defined five broad categories of personality traits that may account for individual differences. These traits are Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Neuroticism (OCEAN). This model is considered remarkably universal and is one of the most commonly used models of personality testing in academic psychology, recruitment, and personal development.
Bringing it all together
Based on these theories, we built the Bryq assessment. For the first time, cognitive skills and personality assessments are combined in such a way as to ensure a well-rounded and complete profiling of candidates.
All an employer needs to do is select the position that needs to be filled. Potential hires are then tested in a pleasant and engaging environment that doesn’t allow for boredom or manipulation.
Interviews are conducted with only the best matches and tailored interview guides ensure a bias-free structured interview process.
This provides three main benefits to an organization: reduction in employee turnover, an increase in hiring quality, improvement in diversity and inclusion practices and reduction of costs associated with hiring and retention.
Bias-free hiring for improved Diversity & Inclusion
Set-up an equitable process from the start
Equal opportunity employment is not only a legal requirement, but it has also been proven that more diverse teams create more profitable companies.
But how do you ensure an equitable process is in place when it is impossible to remove bias from the screening process? Bryq achieves that by implementing a blind screening process that is based on objective data .
This can transform your hiring process into an experience that candidates, hiring managers and recruiters will love: faster, more cost effective, bias-free and with significantly better hiring results.
Many employers are averse to adopting pre-hire assessments as they consider them to be introducing additional litigation and compliance risks into their hiring process.
This is a common misconception; in fact, reviewing federal court cases one will find almost 4 times as many court cases challenging Interview practices than pre-hire assessment practices.
Adverse treatment is intentional employment discrimination. For example, a requirement for a college degree that applies only to Latinx.
Adverse impact is unintentional employment discrimination. For example, a requirement for a college degree constitutes adverse impact.
Does this mean that most job postings out there with college degree requirements (or even a prior experience requirement) run afoul of EEOC regulations? Luckily this is not the case, because unlike adverse treatment (which is always prohibited), selection procedures with an adverse impact are allowed when they are justified (UGESP § 1607.3.A and Title VII).
Justified in this context means that the selection process results are related to the performance of the role in question and that no other, better selection process is known. For example, a French-language assessment would not be justified for all Sales role in a company; it would be justified for those roles that are specifically targeting French-speaking customers.
There is ample evidence in I/O Psychology research that a combination of cognitive skills and personality traits assessment is the best predictor of future job performance. (Schmidt, Frank & Hunter, John. (1998). The Validity and Utility of Selection Methods in Personnel Psychology. Psychological Bulletin. 124. 262-274. 10.1037/0033-2909.124.2.262.).
Bryq represents an objective set of standardized criteria used for hiring, both in terms of selection and interviewing. It has been shown that the usage of systems such as Bryq that contribute to enhanced reliability and validity are also viewed by the courts are enabling the interview to protect against unlawful employment discrimination (Williamson, L. G., Campion, J. E., Malos, S. B., Roehling, M. V., & Campion, M. A. (1997). Employment interview on trial: Linking interview structure with litigation outcomes. Journal of Applied Psychology, 82(6), 900–912.).
Bias should not enter the hiring funnel either at the start or at any other point along the way. The later on in the process that bias emerges, the less visible and traceable it is likely to be, and the more likely it is to influence a final decision about the applicant.
For an equitable process, blind recruitment is a requirement and, as a top of funnel assessment Bryq scores and ranks candidates based on fit for the role. The objectivity follows the candidate throughout the process as it also allows for tailored structured interviews based on fit for the role.
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Cognitive Skills Assessment
Cognitive ability is the most important cause of job performance and the relationship between ability and performance is stable over time. (Frank L. Schmidt, 2002)
Research has shown that tests that combine cognitive and personality like Bryq, have the highest correlation with predicted job performance versus any other measure.
Bryq assesses abilities involved in thinking - logical reasoning, attention to detail, verbal and numerical ability - using questions designed to estimate applicants' potential to use mental processes to solve work-related problems or to acquire new job knowledge.
- Numerical ability: 8 sub-skills are evaluated, with 2 levels of difficulty
- Verbal: 3 sub-skills are evaluated, with 2 levels of difficulty
- Logical reasoning: 2 sub-skills are evaluated, with 2 levels of difficulty
- Attention to detail: 3 sub-skills are evaluated, with 2 levels of difficulty
How do calibrated assessments work?
Bias and the case of Gender -
Cognitive skills differences
The case of gender gap is certainly one of the most talked-about since men and women started competing in the workplace. There are always unbacked myths that have become established stereotypes over time stating why women are different especially when it comes to cognitive skills.
We conducted a study based on the findings of 8,000 candidate assessments and mapped the difference between men and women on their cognitive skills scores. The results indicated the average scores between male and female candidates presented a negligible difference.
Bryq Cognitive Skills Avg. Scores, Men vs. Women
16 Personality Factor Model
After 65+ years of rigorous scientific development, there are more than 2,700 research studies that mention the 16PF assessment, including its successful application to job performance (Christiansen and al, 1994; Day & Silverman, 1989; Tett, Jackson, and Rothstein, 1991; Furnham,1991; Gellatly et al.,1991; Goffin, Rothstein, et al., 1996; Lamont& Lundstrom, 1977).
Bryq assesses personality traits by using an assessment based on the 16 personality factors model.
- The sixteen personality factors or 16PF psychometric test assesses various primary personality traits in order to provide feedback about an individual’s disposition
- Personality characteristics have been linked to job performance and satisfaction within occupational roles, showing that not only will some individuals perform at a higher level in a specific job, but they are also more likely to gain greater satisfaction and fulfillment from a job that is suited to their character
- The 16 traits measured by the 16PF can also be grouped into five broad dimensions, known as the Global Factors, which correlate strongly with the Big Five.
Bryq’s personality assessment was developed to measure traits on the basis of the proven 16 personality factors assessment, with the additional goals of reducing the number of questions used to shorten the duration of the assessment.
Bryq Personality traits Avg. Scores, Men vs. Women
Bias and the case of Gender -
Personality traits differences
The case of gender gap is certainly one of the most talked-about since men and women started competing in the workplace. There are always unbacked myths that have become established stereotypes over time stating why women are different in disposition or leadership qualities that would not make them a good fit for one role or another.
We conducted a study based on the findings of 8,000 candidate assessments and mapped the difference between men and women on the 16 personality traits. The results indicated that for most personality traits the average scores between male and female candidates presented no difference and in the cases where there was a difference it was negligible.
Uncovering the elements Leadership Potential
People don’t quit a job, they quit a boss
Leadership potential is one of the most sought after skills in candidates. Yet when it comes to evaluating who can make a good leader there are various misconceptions. Traits such as extroversion, popularity, showmanship, assertiveness, or power are what people are looking for in a leader but these do not necessarily constitute the essence of leadership. These preconceptions lead to wrong choices.
Leadership can take many shapes and forms. According to Prentice what makes a successful leader is understanding people’s motivations and gaining employee participation by bringing together individual needs and interests to the group’s purpose.
Substantial research has been conducted on the subject of leadership – and there is a consensus that most good leaders share some common traits.
These traits have been codified in Bryq’s leadership profile . People who are closer to this profile are more likely to be successful in managing teams.
The Candidate Experience
Your candidates are important to us
When adding an assessment in your hiring process we know that you are not simply interested in the results but also about the candidate experience and satisfaction. Providing an engaging experience for the candidates is pivotal for us as it is for you.
The assessment is an ongoing chat over a messaging interface (similar to slack or skype), much like you would use in most companies today. Different executives from a fictional company introduce themselves and ask questions based on their specialization. Research has shown that assessments that are engaging have higher completion rates.
Our aim is to constantly improve and deliver experiences that satisfy both employers and candidates. We constantly collect feedback from candidates on their experience with the assessment and strive to deliver any improvement necessary.
What candidates say
It was a great experience and brain training, guys. Thank you.
It was a great experience. I have not attended any test of this kind in my life.
Very good assessment exam. Really interesting and interactive.
The test was fun and innovative. “In the game”, it stimulates the candidate.
Thank you for the experience.
In my opinion, the assessment was perfect as you had to think quickly and make informed decisions