Entry to World of Work

Did you know that 80% of staff turnover is a direct result of bad hiring decisions? And the biggest reason for bad hiring decisions is pressure to fill the role, with or without proper process and assessment.

For many organisations, investing in a talent assessment system to identify high potential employees for entry level roles is considered a luxury. And where there is a system in place, it is often biased in favour of candidates with a specific level of education and a good grasp of the English language.

Evalex’s Odyssey solution consists of a series of assessments and experiences that provide knowledge and understanding of talent, leading to a journey of meaningful work and a prosperous career.

In developing economies, the majority of people would not succeed in finding employment through normal employment channels. The reason for this is that most recruitment and selection processes require some form of minimum formal education just to get out of the starting blocks. When deprived of this opportunity to education, many talented people are denied the opportunity for exploration of their potential. They may not have completed a formal programme of schooling leading to a certificate, but may possess the talent and potential to respond well to learnership programmes when given the opportunity.

Most assessment instruments available today have been designed for developed economies where a minimum level of education and literacy is readily assumed. There are some assessment instruments that exist for entry level jobs catering for semi-skilled applicants, but they are limited in their capability, fragmented and not bundled into an elegant distribution system as a solution that is easy to use.

They mainly consist of numerical reasoning tests and pattern completion tests to assess cognitive functioning. On the whole, they tend to rely disproportionately on candidates’ ability to arrange symbols into patterns, which draws heavily on two- and three-dimensional visual-spatial reasoning.

Competency framework for entry level roles

At entry level positions in most organisations, the job demands are for the person to be able to do the following:

  1. Understand and execute instructions according to work procedure
  2. Elementary problem solving
  3. Classification and matching
  4. Work speed and productivity
  5. Numerical literacy
  6. English literacy
  7. Training response

The answer is Odyssey…

  • a unique set of assessment tools
  • a unique delivery system
  • quick completion time
  • offline iPad or smart phone remote completion
  • at unique pricing

The Odyssey solution

Evalex offers an elegant solution that helps to identify high potential, entry-level talent from the upper quartiles of the talent pool to fulfil these requirements, regardless of educational background or language proficiency. Using the Odyssey Talent Assessment system we are able to identify high potential employees for entry level roles, with a proven track record of improvement in productivity.

Odyssey introduces assessments early on in the recruitment process, using assessments as an initial screening tool rather than the last hurdle. It also ensures candidates are not screened out erroneously and provides consistent comparisons between candidates.

The system is designed around a competence set/framework that is specific to people who operate on levels of work 0,5 and 1,0 and is based on thorough job analysis.

Unlike other solutions on the market, Odyssey focuses more on understanding work processes and training response – one of the most important competencies required in the world of work – than on two- and three-dimensional visual-spatial reasoning.

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