Archive for the ‘Learning’ category

It is never too early to get Work Experience

September 28th, 2015

I am seventeen and I am currently half way through my A-levels. I’m in the same position as a lot of people my age – trying to figure what to study and what career to go into. I have always had an interest in Psychology as my dad – Alan Beggs often talks to me about his experiences as a Psychologist. I always knew it was a diverse subject but I wanted to understand how could be applied to the world of business. Zircon gave me the ideal insight. » Read more: It is never too early to get Work Experience

Taking a holistic approach to interviewing

September 9th, 2015

The future needs of businesses are changing, therefore taking on a more holistic approach to identifying the right candidate is becoming increasingly popular.  For the past 20 years the traditional competency interview has been a popular technique for candidate assessment.  The competency interview has moderate predictive validity of 0.3, there is always scope to improve the level of validity. Combined assessment methods or assessment centres are one way of increasing the validity levels of assessment by looking at an individual’s capability across different tasks, allowing measurement of different behaviours. » Read more: Taking a holistic approach to interviewing

Six Ways to make you more Persuasive

September 7th, 2015

Why are some people more impactful and persuasive than others? How can some people have greater influence and persuade others more easily? Cialdini identified six elements to successful persuasion (1984). We have examined these six elements and can see their relevance today. » Read more: Six Ways to make you more Persuasive

Experience, Self-Efficacy and Employability

September 4th, 2015

Changing one’s career, even while it might be highly desired, is no easy task.  Even more so when perhaps you are a little older than the average graduate! There are so many things you need to attend to in order to make that transition a successful one.  So I made sure that as well as enrolling on a well reputed MSc course, I also enrolled in the university mentoring scheme and was lucky enough to be assigned a Business Psychologist as a mentor. » Read more: Experience, Self-Efficacy and Employability

The Different Types of Interview

August 21st, 2015

The future needs of businesses are changing, therefore taking on a more holistic approach to identifying the right candidate is becoming increasingly popular.  For this reason we have moved away from the traditional competency interview to the Holistic Interview which includes a blend of Competency, Aspirational, High Potential and Motivational questions. » Read more: The Different Types of Interview

Overview of Saville’s Research on Graduate and School Leaver’s Recruitment and Selection Processes

August 7th, 2015

With organisations expanding and the economy growing, there seems to be a rise in the number of graduate and school leaver vacancies. Graduates are desired because of their specialised subject knowledge, ability and the wide variety of skills learned at university. Whilst graduate job openings are set to rise by 11.9% (AGR Winter Survey 2015), some organisations prefer to hire school leavers because they can be trained at entry level positions, developing their skills therefore adding great value to the business. A new paper released by Saville Consulting, explores attracting, elements of on boarding and retention of graduates and school leavers, with some interesting findings from 100 different organisations. » Read more: Overview of Saville’s Research on Graduate and School Leaver’s Recruitment and Selection Processes

Why Work Experience is Critical for Trainee Business Psychologists

July 24th, 2015

Four years later and I was back. My last internship with Zircon was back in summer 2011 as a sixth former and a lot had changed by the time I returned this year as a second year Psychology student, not least a whole new office space complete with a large number of new Consultants and Psychologists. I was understandably nervous to go back to Zircon because I knew I had something to prove. They had been kind enough to take me back and so I needed to show my worth. » Read more: Why Work Experience is Critical for Trainee Business Psychologists

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

July 20th, 2015

Are you an effective decision maker?

Decision making is described as the cognitive process of identifying and selecting a particular course of action above and beyond other actions, in order to reach a specified and desired goal. To do this, individuals are required to make an informed judgement about the situation and manage the level of risk involved. Some argue that emotions cloud judgments and decision abilities, however, the opposite is true. Individuals without emotion, for example due to brain damage are unable to make decisions (Damasio, 2006). Judgement, risk and emotion each therefore play a fundamental role in the decision making process. » Read more: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

Best Practice Interviewing Techniques

July 13th, 2015

Even though Interviews only have a validity level of 0.3 the competency interview technique is as popular today as it was 20 years ago for selecting job applicants and prospective employees. In order to maximise the validity levels of your interview methods we propose that you consider some of the 8 Best Practice rules below: » Read more: Best Practice Interviewing Techniques

The Importance of an Effective Job Description

July 10th, 2015

The average business spends £5,433 per role on recruitment (Unum, 2014) however many organisations still do not get it right. With an average of 15.9 applications per role (HR Grapevine, 2015a), and many more for graduate roles (Highfliers, 2014), the recruitment process can often have multiple stages and elements in order to ensure that organisations get the best talent for the role. There is a huge amount at stake and employers are keen to ensure the best individuals are hired for both the role and organisation. » Read more: The Importance of an Effective Job Description