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Hello Everyone. My company is seeking to engage the services of a personnel who will be heading a department of 5 people. We need to ascertain that the right candidate has leadership qualities or skills. In the past, we have made some recruitment errors and we are trying to avoid that now. How can one adequately test that a prospective employee can lead the other 5 employees and manage them to achieve the departmental KPIs. I welcome ideas please. Thanks.
From Nigeria, undefined
The use of psychometric tools will help you in ascertaining various traits that you require for a leadership role.
Besides that if you do a good probe during the interview it will be easy to assess the person's temperment among others.

From India, Chennai
This is a difficult thing. And actually it is the most challenging thing in any job interview.
No amount of testing or other tools will actually give you the answer you need. You are talking about a five person team. These tests and other things will apply more if you are talking about are much much larger scenario.
So instead, you need to ask him questions to ask certain whether he has headed teams, and how many and how has he managed postings. You also need to do any background check possible, specifically with the references he provides, to know how when he has managed the teams in the past. The problem however is in most cases the fact that he is planning for a post-remains confidential. And therefore you cannot actually call his references and do you have actually recruited
In the end, it's the skill of the interviewer that will decide whether you got the correct person or not…

From India, Mumbai
I am sure this question comes up dozens of times a week! It's a perennial favourite, and we constantly re-invent the wheel. As I have commented in the past, here are my thoughts yet again.

Firstly, I would suggest that you need to look at your Recruitment and Selection process. If I understand the underlying message in your posting, you do not have a robust recruitment process in place to ensure you get the right candidates.

Secondly, from my reading of CiteHR over the last umpteen years, almost everyone seems to work on some sort of hit or miss type of scheme. Round up a thousand people looking for a job, interview them, and hope to God you find someone remotely suitable! And then you wonder why you can't get the right person. That is not recruitment.

Here again is Aussiejohn's 6 Easy Steps to Recruitment and Selection.

If you want the right candidate for the job, you only need 6 things:

1. A proper position description which sets out the requirements of the job

2. A person specification setting out what skills and experience the successful candidate needs to perform the job

3. A rigorous selection process based on the PD and PS, to choose the top 4 candidates to interview

4. A tightly targeted interview questionnaire based on the PD and PS, to ensure the candidates can do the job and can integrate into the company - no stupid, irrelevant questions that have nothing to do with the actual job

5. Well trained interviewer/s

6. A rigorous reference checking process

Place well worded advertisements, or work with a trusted employment agency who will source the RIGHT type of candidates for interview.

That's all there is to it. No need to complicate the process. Remember the KISS principle.

MAKE NO MISTAKE. THIS WORKS. I have used this process many times in companies I have worked for, and I have also trained other people to use the process.

However, you will never find the right person unless you pay decent wages for the skills you are demanding, AND there is a clearly defined career path for the successful applicant to encourage him/her to stay.

From Australia, Melbourne
Right person for the right job is a difficult choice without getting to know the inner mind of the candidates. People mask their behavior all the time and more so during interviews. Selecting people for technical skills or knowledge alone does not guarantee success. To improve performance and reduce attrition, you need to tackle the cause, the root-cause – the selection. Because when you select you need to understand the attitudes, thinking styles, core competencies and personality patterns before you make the costly decision to hire.
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From India, Bengaluru
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