Good human resource decisions should start with determining whether the abilities, interests and personality traits of job candidates match those required for the job for which the candidates are being considered. This can be accomplished by creating a profile or “Benchmark” of the features that a corporation’s experience has confirmed are required for the job.
It demands careful consideration of the actual requirements of the job before evaluating candidates, interviewing them and filling the job. The importance of establishing accurate job requirements can be better understood by example. Consider how uncomfortable you would be if the pilot flying your next flight was a risk-taker and disliked following detailed plans?
How concerned would you be if your child’s school bus driver was extremely assertive and very competitive? In addition to stipulating minimum experience and education prerequisites, the job requirements should identify the personal characteristics that are desired in a candidate.
While it is easy to define the technical requirements of a job such as the required professional qualifications or the ability to use a computer, it is much more difficult to define a “people-person” or a “self-starter”.
Prevue Benchmarks graphically display the desired characteristics for the job as an overlay in Prevue Reports. Once a Prevue Benchmark has been created for one of your organization’s positions, thereafter any job applicant can be matched to the criteria described in the Benchmark.
Aaron Sample’s scores are shown in the circled numbers on each of the Prevue scales presented below. The Prevue Benchmark for the Customer Service Sample position is indicated by the green shaded ranges on each scale, which are preferred scores for this position. A score inside a shaded range is on the benchmark. A score outside a shaded range is off the benchmark.
The areas or stens in green on the graph page are the benchmark. You can see the applicant’s scores against the benchmark. When scores are in the green area, that is job-fit. When scores are outside the benchmark, there could be issues and the Prevue system generates behavioral questions focused on those areas.