Young people applying for their first jobs, apprenticeships or traineeships, often have little or no work experience to bring to an interview and are unfamiliar with the world of work.
The recruiting manager therefore has a very difficult job assessing how well the applicant will fit into the organisation, or the development programme, and whether they have the right attributes and approach to be successful in the workplace – they are often familiar with competency-based interviewing and other tools that require work experience.
…and ultimately a growing reluctance to hire young people or use the apprenticeship or traineeship route. Yet there was a realisation that they were missing out on great young talent.
Our unique online tool has been designed to help managers answer these questions by comparing candidates being considered to the profile that you want or to current high performers, across a range of core capabilities that are required in almost any job. The results can then be used as a vital component of the selection process.
We have worked together to develop this solution to a very real problem experienced by the business leaders in their networks.
Roman Cooper, People-Fit Founder and Managing Director of Allcooper. Roman started this all off by talking about the recruitment frustrations in his very successful business and the need for a better way. He has kept the team grounded in the needs of the small business, been an enthusiastic pilot site and provides operational support for the business. He is also a board member of GFirst and a driver for the county’s local enterprise partnership.
John Baker, People-Fit Founder and independent consultant with a background in running operations, learning and development, and HR for large companies around the globe. John has provided much of the analysis in the creation of People-Fit, using his skills learned from the development of customer satisfaction and employee engagement survey tools. John holds an MA from Oxford University.
Richard George, People-Fit Investor and Director at marketing and communications agency, Remarkable. Currently also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of several companies across the software and professional services industries, Richard has a strong financial background and experience in growing companies.
Dr Andrew Clements, is an external consultant on the project, employed as Lecturer in Organisational Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire. Andrew has conducted research relating to a range of career and employability issues, including apprentices’ understanding of job performance criteria and undergraduate student performance of employability behaviours. Andrew has published research in international journals and presented at both national and international conferences. Andrew is a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society, and volunteers with the Division of Occupational Psychology.
Rob Williams, People-Fit Founder. Rob has worked in strategy, sales, consultancy and process management roles in the field of apprentice provision, high volume recruitment, Further Education, learning and development and business process outsourcing. Rob has worked for Capita, Manpower Group, G4S and British Computer Society.
Discipline – Whether you are more likely to take a highly structured or flexible approach to your work
Motivation – Whether you are more likely to seek success or avoid failure
Appropriateness – Whether you are more likely to respond to circumstances at work in ways that others see as being the norm or by taking a more individual approach
We have developed a wide range of scenarios to explore how young people are likely to behave against each of the five capabilities.
The assessment has been designed so that candidates must give each scenario deeper consideration than with a typical situational-judgement assessment. The style of the multiple-choice questions means that candidates cannot simply select the answer they think employers want to hear.
Below is an example of the type of scenario that is included within the online assessment tool. Each scenario then has a set of answers to be completed, reflecting the capabilities required by the employer.
Manual CV-sifting, telephone screening and face-to-face interviews are expensive methods of selectin from a long list of applicants, between whom there are few means of differentiation. People-Fit makes this process more efficient, reducing administrative time and focusing on finding the most suitable candidates. Numbers required can be met by reviewing fewer CVs, engaging in less telephone screening, and conducting fewer interviews.
The process for using People-Fit is a quick, simple and flexible seven-step approach, which is driven through an online questionnaire as shown in the diagram below.
Of the 43 Apprentices recruited using the People-Fit tool, 42 were still employed after a year
One apprentice won a quarterly, company-wide recognition award within the first 3 months of employment, which was unheard of for the company
All are doing better than expected, making fast progress in learning the job and completing their qualifications as well as demonstrating high levels of commitment and maturity
Of Allcooper apprentices retained before using People-Fit
Of Allcooper apprentices retained after using People-Fit
“My time at Allcooper so far has been a great experience, where I have learnt a lot. With continued help from my line manager and fellow engineers, I believe through training and hard work I can become an important part of the Allcooper Installation Team.”
Scott Patient, Allcooper Apprentice
“Combining the People-Fit assessment with our own practical test has been very much an eye opening and fruitful exercise. I have found the People-Fit element very interesting and the results are very much a professional education for me. I firmly believe we now have a very good, solid and robust interview process for apprentices, should we require any in the future. This, combined with the support of our training provider has been a successful experience.”
Adrian Holmes, Allcooper Installation Manager