Measuring and Retaining New Hires

At a time when accounting firms are actively trying to recruit and retain top talent, Harcourt Assessment, a leading talent assessment provider, has released a white paper covering what is necessary to achieve and retain a good hire.

The paper, Retain Your Employees Before You Hire Them, notes that a combination of assessment solutions are needed that analyze the cognitive abilities, work styles and skills necessary to successfully hire and retain the right employee.

"The most important step to retention begins before the hire," according to Phillip Weiss, Harcourt vice president of Human Resources. "A variety of assessment solutions are available to help employers tackle the problem of employee turnover head-on."

A well conceived and objective, qualified hiring process, this layered effort allows for the right candidate to be identified at the beginning of recruiting, understanding the person as an individual and thus reducing recruiting mistakes.

A personality assessment will help in discovering if the hire will be satisfied with the job and also how well this person will mesh with the values and culture of the organization. Harcourt provides talent assessment solutions that are grouped for the convenience of the employers, with solutions that will meet many needs of specific occupations or industries. Also provided are assessments to sustain retention and continued development in areas such as team-building, self-awareness and personality.

The assessment process will be an aid in helping to target individuals who have a passion for the job and the company involved and it also provides the recruiter with the tools needed to identify those persons who may not be retainable.

"Personality and ability are complex qualities that cannot be adequately determined from an interview or by reading a resume," states Judy Chartrand, Director, Talent Assessment. "Just because someone is qualified on paper doesn't mean they will be ideal for the job. Assessment provides employers with better information about candidates. With the technology and expertise available today, it makes good sense to incorporate assessments into the hiring strategy."

The report can be downloaded by visiting Harcourt Assessment and it includes case studies and survey findings, as well as data on challenges of employer's turnover and on how ability and personality assessments can help form a high performing workforce.

With 85 years of experience in the field, the San Antonio, Texas, based company has helped clients, including half of the Fortune 500, with the hiring process.

More information is available by visiting the Harcourt Assessment website, http://www.AssessTalent.com .

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