A Scientific Approach to Talent Selection

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  • 1
    Know the job
  • 2
    Know the candidate
  • 3
    Know the fit
  • 4
    Know your people

Step 3: CHOOSE | Know the Fit

Gathering information from the résumé and the interview is a great start, but how do you know you’re choosing the right person? Or maybe you have two great candidates, but aren’t sure who might be the ideal match?

Choosing a candidate is a huge responsibility. If you make the right choice, it’s a win. If you don’t make the right choice, it can cost your organization thousands of dollars—not to mention the extra time and effort of recruiting someone new and fixing any damage the “bad” hire left behind.

The PXT Select™ assessment compares candidate results to the job requirements and provides an overall Job Fit result. The closer the result to the target, the better the fit. With our unique Job Fit feature, PXT Select measures the overall fit to the role across 20 different variables that span Thinking Style, Behavioral Traits, and Interests. This provides unbiased insight across all candidates in the selection process.


    "Can they do the job?"

    Also known as cognitive ability, this is the number one predictor of success on the job. It defines how a person processes information for problem solving, communication, and learning skills. Learn how well the candidate matches the preferred verbal and numerical capabilities for the role. For example, can the candidate understand complex instructions? Can they efficiently make decisions based on complex numerical data?


    "How do they do the job?"

    This portion of the assessment measures a person’s key tendencies and preferences across nine different behavioral traits as a measure for predicting future behavior. Learn, for example, if a candidate tends to be cooperative and work within the rules, or if they tend to set their own direction and act independently. Does the candidate tend to work at a steady pace, or do they tend to work very quickly? Is the candidate comfortable making quick decisions even when limited information is available, or do they prefer to make decisions more deliberately?


    "Will they enjoy the job?"

    This section helps predict motivation and potential satisfaction with a given job. The more their interests align with what the job requires, the more they will enjoy it. This is critical, because we know that people who are happier in their jobs are more productive, more effective, and more engaged.

Personalized Tools for Your Candidate Selection Needs

Recommended Tools for This Step in the Process

Comprehensive Selection Report

This report allows you to compare a single individual against the performance model for a given job, and determine how well suited they may be for the role.

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See the full suite of reports on the Resources page.

How We Can Help You


    Overall Fit 

    Is the candidate a good fit? What role should a current high potential employee be moved into? How will a candidate or employee fit an existing team? How can a manager and employee work together more cohesively? How can you help your employees become aware of their areas of strength and opportunity related to the jobs they have or want? Use the full suite of PXT Select reports and find out.

    Leadership Fit

    Wish you knew how the candidate would lead teams, and what their approach is to meeting leadership challenges? Ever wonder about the leadership potential of your current employees? Looking to find out which of your employees could be the ideal fit for a leadership role opening? Use the PXT Select Leadership Report and find out.

    Sales Fit 

    Is the candidate a good fit for a sales role? Every wonder about a candidate’s approach to the following critical sales practices: prospecting, initiating contact, building and maintaining relationships, closing the sale, self-starter, resourcefulness, coachability, team player? Use any of the PXT Select Sales-focused reports and find out.