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HR advice | 05 May. 2022
The new skills in the era of work hybridization

HR departments are faced with major challenges, including the development of the skills necessary for a hybrid organisation and the transformation of working methods.

HR advice | 27 Apr. 2022
Predicting skills and behaviours using predictive analytics

In HR, predictive analytics is already transforming talent acquisition and management processes. As part of an artificial intelligence application, it allows one to use the power of data to anticipate candidate/employee behaviours and predict their future performance.

HR advice | 14 Apr. 2022
Finding talent: 3 ways to optimise your recruitment process

Today, 75% of companies that have a hard time recruiting attribute their struggles to a lack of qualified candidates. To overcome this issue, and to offset the drop in activity, certain companies have opted for outsourcing by hiring employees overseas.

HR advice | 05 Apr. 2022
Smart Data vs Intuition: who will win in the battle of decision-making?

Data is now at the heart of all our decisions. Our hyper-connected world generates more than 2.5 trillion bytes of data every day. And that isn’t even close to the amount of data that our brain can process in less than a second. So in terms of recruitment, who to entrust our decision-making: data or our intuition? This is the Cornelian dilemma that haunts recruiters today more than ever. Smart Data: an intelligent asset?

HR advice | 26 Oct. 2021
Why assess vocational interests?

Factoring in interests within career management is beneficial on a number of different levels. In this article, let's take a look at the benefits of assessing vocational interests.

HR advice | 10 Dec. 2020
2020: Top 5 articles from our HR Blog

In 2020, the Editorial Team at Central Test worked on creating blog posts with knowledge, advice and recommendations to assist HR professionals and employees to overcome this year's challenges, and successfully adapt to what is going to be “the new normal” to come.

HR advice | 15 Oct. 2020
How to facilitate personal development for employee motivation and well-being

According to the most recent Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace, 85% percent of employees are not engaged in the workplace. This means that the majority of the workforce around the world does not have a positive outlook towards their job and organisation and they are not performing at the optimum level of their skills and experience. Adding to that, research after research has shown that motivated employees outperform their unengaged peers that are not engaged.

HR advice | 06 May. 2020
3 tips for managing your teams in times of crisis

Faced with the effects of the current pandemic, most companies have had to change the way they work, including by adopting teleworking. To take up this unprecedented challenge, managers must find new ways to communicate with their teams, keeping staff motivated while also reassuring them about the possible impacts on the company.

HR advice | 01 Apr. 2020
Our behavioural responses to Covid_19

This article brings a different viewpoint about our behavioural responses to Covid_19 and invite you to think together about the different stages of awareness.

HR advice | 17 Jul. 2019
How to recognize and develop the 3 key soft skills at work

Having professional skills is one thing, knowing how to manage your emotions and relationships with colleagues in the workplace is quite another. Indeed, it isn’t in the interest of a company to recruit a candidate that nobody likes to work with, but looks great on paper. So, what are the soft skills important in a professional setting? The 3 essential soft skills at work

HR advice | 11 Jul. 2019
4 Ways AI Is Improving HR Recruitment Process

Artificial intelligence (AI) has already made its presence felt across a multitude of industries. AI has only made business smarter with more informed decision making and proactive processes.

HR advice | 05 Jun. 2019
Superpower in the Workplace: Empathy

How would you describe a superpower in the workplace? Words such as “inspirational,” “influential” and “powerful” would come to mind, but you would rarely think of “empathetic.” Empathy is a skill which is often overlooked in the workplace. Determined by Frans de Waal as the “social glue that holds human society together,” empathy refers to the awareness of one’s own and other people’s feelings, needs and concerns.

HR advice | 14 May. 2019
GAME OF THRONES : Are you the type of leader who will sit on the Iron Throne?

Team cohesion, give employees recognition, provide regular feedback, be trusting: Game of Thrones, the famous TV series, delivers management lessons to be applied- or not - at work. Charismatic leaders, visionary strategists and crisis management specialists... The heroes and heroines of the show displayed good management skills throughout the 8 seasons. There are only a few lucky characters left - the last episode of the series will be released next Sunday - but the conquest of the Iron Throne is still raging. Among the favourites to win we have 3 charismatic leaders, all with their own unique style of management: Jon Snow, Sansa Stark and Daenerys. Time to bet!

HR advice | 13 May. 2019
5 Ways Successful Leaders Communicate With Their Teams

Leadership should come with the ability to communicate well. Without a certain level of charm and skill in the spoken word, it would be hard to connect with the rest of the team. In any case, communication is always the key towards better cooperation, meeting expectations and encouraging improvement.

HR advice | 11 Apr. 2019
Candidate Experience Vs Test Reliability

Now more than ever, candidate experience is in the driver's seat with respect to the selection of appropriate pre-hire assessment tools. The onboarding process begins in the earliest stages of the recruitment process, where candidates are given exposure to the company culture, branding, and get a taste of what to expect if their application is successful.

HR advice | 31 Jan. 2019
How to identify your high-potential employees?

Ideally, organisations would want all their employees to work at their full potential and contribute equally. But research shows that the long-term success of an organisation is driven and sustained by a select few high-potential employees or HiPos. High-potential employees deliver two to six times the return of average players.*

HR advice | 16 Jan. 2019
How to Train the Next Generation of Leaders

Millennials are quickly moving into leadership positions across most industries. A largely misunderstood and oft-criticized generation, they contain the potential to hold roles and responsibilities that will impact the companies they lead for years to come. How can current managers best train their rising stars to take up the mantle of management?

HR advice | 11 Oct. 2017
Psychometrics: Assessing the Business Case

The use of robustly designed psychometric tests provides valuable insights into individuals and their capabilities, but implementing them into an organisation’s recruitment process can constitute a significant investment for a potentially cash-strapped HR department.

HR advice | 14 Jun. 2017
The Creative Flow: 3 Ways to Unleash Creativity in the Workplace

Creativity is the foundation of every company. Whether it’s a new product, new recruit or new technology, businesses everywhere are always seeking originality. It should come as no surprise therefore that creativity has become a sought-after skill and is now a number one priority in the workplace; but what actually is this creative talent everyone is looking for?

HR advice | 16 May. 2017
How Can Companies Improve Learning Agility?

The contemporary workplace culture is constantly evolving. With the introduction of new technology, company expansion plans and flexi-hours, the work environment is perpetually seeking new opportunities to grow. However, studies show that most employees struggle with these transition processes and are hesitant about riding the roller coaster of change.

HR advice | 20 Apr. 2017
How to assist millennials with their career development

Attracting and retaining the millennial generation has become an essential factor for any thriving business. Born between 1980 and 2000, millennials are the “future leaders” of society. Their ambitious career objectives, profound knowledge of technology and high emotional intelligence differentiate them from the soon-to-retire Baby Boomers, and unlike their predecessors, millennials seek more than just a job; they also want a role which is interesting and rapidly progressing.

HR advice | 04 Apr. 2017
5 Ways to Deal with Work Stress

Stress, especially work-related stress, can have a major impact on an individual’s mindset and well-being. Over recent years, it has been reported that a demanding work schedule can cause sleepless nights, headaches, or even chronic health conditions, consequently affecting a person’s professional and personal development. our top five ways on how to deal with stress at work and how to conquer the feeling of being overwhelmed.

HR advice | 19 Sep. 2016
RIASEC in depth, part 6: Are your employees Conventional?

Conventional employees are often seen as traditional, ones who like to follow the routine, and avoid work that does not have clear directions. But a Conventional employee is more than that. In the workplace, the Conventional personality types keep the things running smoothly and take the organization to the next level. You will find that some of your most efficient and dependable finance personnel, administrators and technical writers are Conventional.

HR advice | 17 Jun. 2016
RIASEC in depth, part 5: Are your employees Enterprising?

An enterprising person is defined by the dictionary as resourceful, bold and initiative — But an Enterprising personality defined by RIASEC model is much more than that. Holland’s RIASEC model puts forward that personality is key to understand work interests and it divides people into six personality-based groups, one of them being Enterprising. He also states that individuals belonging to these personality groups have a preference for certain types of tasks and interactional styles, knowledge of which shall allow you to quickly determine any individual’s career fit.

HR advice | 03 May. 2016
RIASEC in depth, part 4: Are your employees Social?

What do you think of when you hear the words “a Social employee”? Someone who’s always suggesting after-work drinks or chatting with friends and colleagues? Who cheers you up on a Monday morning, but stresses you out when you need everyone focused on their work?

HR advice | 04 Jul. 2011
Combine different tests to get more accurate results

Personality tests, the Emotional Intelligence test, and the IQ test are examples of the wide variety of tests and questionnaires available to the public. Applied to the field of human resources, these tests may be very useful, as is confirmed by Patrick Leguide, the founder of Central Test.

HR advice | 03 Jun. 2011
Recruiting without CVs: The role of personality tests

An anonymous CV is one that excludes a person's personal information, i.e. age, sex, pictures, and ethnic background. In the United States, the anonymous CV has been in use for almost as long as its existence, but in many other countries, it has just recently become accepted. As the anonymous CV becomes increasingly popular all over the world, more and more businesses are taking this concept one step further by removing it altogether.

HR advice | 03 Jun. 2011
How to identify and challenge your creative people

Tough times can sometimes reveal a positive side. The recession made many companies discover or re-discover that creativity was a crucial business asset. Creative thinking generates innovation and sets your company in gear for greater growth.

HR advice | 31 Mar. 2011
How to Avoid Interpretation Errors?

In the world of personality testing, there are no right or wrong answers. To make an accurate interpretation of a person's responses, evaluators should consider six essential points.

HR advice | 24 Feb. 2011
Recruitment: Proper use of psychometric tests

The use of psychometric tests for recruitment has greatly increased in the last 10 years. Be it in Europe, India, or Australia, almost all big companies use them. In the US, however, the use of psychometric tests is more widespread, especially due to the governmental accreditation policy on the use of these tests. It has also been found that around 70% of SMEs use psychometric tests.

HR advice | 24 Feb. 2011
Emotional Intelligence: An Invaluable Assessment Tool

Personality and intelligence tests have long been valuable corporate tools. But the more recently discovered emotional intelligence is now starting to earn its place in the HR assessment tool-chest. What is emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence is all about our ability to understand our own emotions and to interact harmoniously with those around us.