About 3 weeks ago I posted about a new service from Chandler Macleod called CMyPeople, following the post Roger Christie from Sefiani Communications Group called saying that he had read the blog post and arranged for me to go into Chandler Macleod to complete the full survey before the official release. Not only did he arrange for me to take the full survey but also have Kevin Chandler (yep the Chandler part of Chandler Macleod) walk through the results with me.
So I rocked up to the Melbourne Chandler Macleod offices to take the test really not sure what to expect. I was told the test takes 90 minutes and it did, mainly because certain parts are timed. As I went through I took a few notes which I am going to share.
Technically the tool is built in Flash version 9. The user interface is not bad, nothing over the top which would retraction from the test but at the same time it still looks a little 1990’s.
The test is broken into 6 portions with a mixture of timed and untimed sections:
- Section 1 – Training on the tool and user interface
- Section 2 – Basic demographic and job information is collected, including your PC expertise
- Section 3 – Covers verbal reasoning in 15 minutes using the ACER Higher Test WL. I found this test quite easy until the last question which I did not finish in time.
- Section 4 – Covers numerical reasoning in 20 minutes using the ACER Higher Test WQ. The last 5 questions in this were tough and I didn’t get to finish the last 2 questions at all due to time.
- Section 5 – General reasoning in 20 minutes based on the Ravens Standard Progressive Matrices Classic, with 5 different subsections each with their own time limit. I completed all questions except the last one where I ran out of time.
- Section 6 – Looked at my temperament based on the Humm-Wadsworth Scale and was untimed covering 164 questions.
I left the assessment with a 10 page report outlining my key strengths but without much of an understanding what they meant. I was not surprised as usually a participant is given immediate feedback on their results.
Two days later Kevin Chandler called me while I was sitting under a tree in Sydney’s Hyde Park just by the War Memorial, we had a good chat for almost 45 minutes. I was expecting only about 15 minutes. A bit about Kevin. His background is as a programmer and then psychologist where he has either been Chandler Macleod’s Chief Psychologist or had them reporting to him.
Kevin explained the the basis for the new tool was his belief that personality is the primary driver for job performance. This means that recruitment and selection needs to start with looking at the person, who they are and then do they fit the job vs does the job fit the person. Working with the Australian Government they have defined 8 primary competencies and 30 detailed competencies which can be mapped to any role. These competencies have been mapped to the 1,200 standard occupancies in Australia and New Zealand. for organisations who have roles that dob’t match the 1,200 mapping of new jobs can be done in about an hour. The CMyPeople tools is based on the joint Chandler Macleod/ Australian government initiative called Employability Skills Profile (ESP). ESP was built for the Job network and which placed between 1/3 & 2/3’s of people who had been unemployed for greater than 12 months in roles.
The tool is aimed at the top 400 organisations in Australia and will be monetised through a per survey cost and ongoing storage of results.
Following the background discussion Kevin took me through my results. This part was quite surprising. Kevin spent about 5 minutes feeding back to me my strengths, weaknesses and personality outlining what I liked to do and disliked. It was as if he had knew me and we had worked together for years, when in fact we have never met.
From the intelligent tests I am in the top 10% of the population in my verbal reasoning, top 2% numerical and top 7% for abstract thinking. Well above the averages for university graduates. In general terms this means I am smart, but not a genius so no Mensa for me.
So what job can I do? In general he stated I was intellectual and could basically do any job I wanted as long as it held my interest. To determine the best job Kevin reviewed my key interests from a list of key words, based on these I have a 98% fit for a Web Development type role. While he felt I could do any role there were a few he indicated I would not be as good at as others: General Manager, CEO, Magistrate or Medical Scientist. Finally my personality is one of a high degree of self control.
My overall feeling is as a career guidance test it is good with the results seeming surprisingly accurate. Will it revolutionise recruitment and selection processes, probably not. In fact other than use with the long term unemployed I fear that the tool like many others will just add to the time it takes people people to apply for jobs.
(These are my notes I made during the discussion I hope I have not miss-represented anything.)