Posts Tagged ‘Engagement’

How to Maintain Objectivity When Assessing

June 26th, 2015

Biases can occur in many different forms throughout the whole assessment process, which affect the reliability and legitimacy of the outcome judgement.  An assessment with biases can produce outcomes based on incorrect information and interpretation of the results, or even produce outcomes atypical of the overall assessment process.  There are however some preventative measures that can be put in to place.  » Read more: How to Maintain Objectivity When Assessing

Assessment Biases

June 22nd, 2015

Biases within selection and assessment are prejudices which favour or discriminate a person or group.  Biases are exceptionally common and can occur especially if the assessment is important or key to the organisation, due to the high level of investment.  We all regularly draw on our biases from our subjective nature and past experience and these usually are not detrimental.  » Read more: Assessment Biases

Reach your Potential, Higher and Beyond

June 18th, 2015

What are High Performance and High Potential employees?

Organisations are constantly seeking to improve their workforce by employing and retaining ‘higher performing and output’ employees.  However few organisations understand what High Potential Talent looks like in their organisation or that employee success can be defined in two ways; High Performance and High Potential.

» Read more: Reach your Potential, Higher and Beyond

Does Our Unconscious Rule Us or Do We Rule Our Unconscious?

June 16th, 2015

As coaches we encourage our clients to shift the responsibility of control to the conscious individual from our unconscious selves so that they take ownership and responsibility for decisions. However we need to answer some of the following questions in order to make sure that we are coaching our clients in the right direction:

• Thinking hard is good; or Thinking intuitively is good?
• Unconscious thinking is OK; Thinking consciously is better?
• Our brains are controlling us; so we need to have more conscious control of ourselves?
» Read more: Does Our Unconscious Rule Us or Do We Rule Our Unconscious?

My internship at Zircon and TalentGene

June 11th, 2015

After completing my masters in Occupational Psychology, I learned about work experience opportunities at Zircon. I was keen to apply as Zircon specialises in all the areas I was most interested in and thought it would be a great opportunity to get a taste of what it would be like working in a consultancy. After submitting a covering letter and CV, I had an initial interview with Martha about my motivations and a second competency based interview with Raj. The final stage was to complete a research and proofing task. I was delighted to learn that » Read more: My internship at Zircon and TalentGene

The Importance of Experience

April 21st, 2015

Within Zircon we recognise that the concept of employability for new trainee Psychologists is a complex one; candidates need to focus on their self-awareness, motivation, positive attitudes and have an understanding of their impact on others in order to be successful. Trainee Psychologists more than even need to be proactive to seek and seize opportunities, they need to enhance their marketability, build on their strengths and develop their weaknesses. More than this they need a clear focus on what interests and excites them and have a clear vision, goals and aspirations about the future. They need to » Read more: The Importance of Experience

On the Shoulders of Giants

February 12th, 2015

Personality research and in particular the research into Individual Differences has played a central role in the history of British Psychology. Especially in Britain, this area of personality has been dominated by the contributions of two of the most prolific and well-cited psychologists in the world – Hans Eysenck and Jeffrey Gray. Eysenck’s tripartite division of personality (the Giant Three model) was a launching point: Extraversion (E), Neuroticism (N) and Psychoticism (P). » Read more: On the Shoulders of Giants

Walk and Talk!

February 9th, 2015

We are often reminded of the benefits of exercise, which researchers continue to investigate. Some of these benefits include: positive mood states (Craft and Perna, 2004), lower levels of anxiety and depression (Stephens, 1988), and lowered risk of numerous chronic diseases (Blair and Morris, 2009). As indicated, the benefits are both physiological and psychological, and so exercise, it seems, is as good for the mind as it is the body. Here at Zircon we embrace this in our unique approach to coaching which couples the benefits of exercise with those of coaching. An approach which has shown to be both effective and popular with our clients. » Read more: Walk and Talk!

Work Experience at Zircon is NOT About Making Tea!

February 6th, 2015

I joined Zircon for a busy two week internship having recently completed my MSc in Occupational Psychology. I applied for the internship with the intention of getting some hands-on experience as a graduate Business Psychologist and to gain insight into the realities of being a Business Psychologist. Given my lack of such experience, I had many unanswered questions about the realities of life beyond my qualifications in Occupational Psychology, and more specifically about what exactly it looks like to be an occupational psychologist; something which I am aiming towards. » Read more: Work Experience at Zircon is NOT About Making Tea!

My Internship with Zircon Management Consulting

December 24th, 2014

As a third year Psychology undergraduate, our university offered us the opportunity to undertake a yearlong placement in industry. Unlike most I decided to split this into multiple placements, ensuring a breadth of experience in different psychology rooted roles, as a consequence, helping me to develop my skill set and eventually decide on a future career path. Over the past 3 months I have been lucky enough to be interning at Zircon Management Consultancy. I was encouraged from the start by Zircon’s professional interview method for the work experience role, the detailed vetting process they employ » Read more: My Internship with Zircon Management Consulting