Archive for the ‘Zircon’ category

The Importance of Reliability and Validity

August 10th, 2015

When you think of reliability and validity, you are often tempted to think in the context of a reliable car or a valid argument being discussed. Despite these two words being passed around regularly in day to day life, it is crucial to understanding the technical underpinnings of each term, their utility within the field of Business Psychology, and the usefulness of measuring them for the use of interpreting test scores and psychometric assessments. » Read more: The Importance of Reliability and Validity

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

Using a 180 Diagnostic Tool to Assess the Effectiveness of your Team

July 29th, 2015

At Zircon we understand that successful and effective teamwork is an integral part of many businesses’ plans for achieving key organisational objectives. Teamwork relies upon individuals working together in a co-operative environment to achieve common team goals through the sharing of knowledge and skills, where team members can develop effective, mutual relationships. Put simply, teamwork is “a co-operative process that allows ordinary people to achieve extraordinary results” (Scarnati, 2001, p.5). » Read more: Using a 180 Diagnostic Tool to Assess the Effectiveness of your Team

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

Occupational Psychology Placement with Zircon Management Consulting

July 6th, 2015

I first saw the Zircon Work Experience placement online, during my first months of my Masters in Occupational Psychology.  I was seeking further experience in a Business Psychology Consultancy in order to understand how Occupational Psychology is put in to place practically, so I quickly applied.  The assessment process for the placement was very comprehensive, which gave me an insight into the value and the level of responsibility that would be given with the role and I was thrilled to be offered the experience. » Read more: Occupational Psychology Placement with Zircon Management Consulting

Output Differences for High Performance Employees

July 1st, 2015

The top 5 percent of the workforce is responsible for up to 26% of organisational outputs. This equates to exceeding the average performing employee outputs by up to 400% (O’Boyle & Aguinis, 2012). Therefore, although the top performers may mean a 25% initial increase in investment, the organisation could result in 10x higher outputs long-term (Workforce Online, 2002). » Read more: Output Differences for High Performance Employees

Short-Term and Long-Term Work Experience and Placement Opportunities for Trainee Business Psychologists with Zircon

July 1st, 2015

Job Description

Zircon Management Consulting is a Business Psychology Consultancy specialising in Talent Management, based in Coulsdon, Surrey. We offer a variety of talent services such as Assessment, Development, Training and much more.

Over the last 5 years Zircon has provided individuals with the opportunity to gain some short-term Work Experience, typically lasting 2-4 weeks within the consultancy. However, more recently we have also been able to provide longer term University placements ranging from 3 months to a year. » Read more: Short-Term and Long-Term Work Experience and Placement Opportunities for Trainee Business Psychologists with Zircon