The Job Hunting Podcast

77. What are employers looking for in assessment tests during the recruitment process? Featuring the founder of Strengthscope and Plexus Leadership James Brook.

April 12, 2021

Podcast Episode Timestamps:

  • 06:52 - James' career journey
  • 10:23 - James' key strengths that helped his career
  • 12:07 - The UK job market in 2021
  • 15:12 - Key strengths that employers are looking for in candidates
  • 18:40 - Outdated job position descriptions
  • 23:24 - Why use tests during the recruitment process?
  • 25:48 - Are there built-in biases in assessment tests?
  • 28:38 - Should you practice for assessment tests?
  • 30:59 - When you don't like your test results
  • 34:03 - Getting feedback about your test result and recruitment process
  • 37:33 - Why is it so important to focus on strengths?
  • 48:29 - Strengths and job-hunting
  • 51:40 - Final advice from James

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About our guest, James Brook:

James is a leadership consultant and coach, organizational psychologist, and entrepreneur. He has over 25 years of global experience working with leaders, teams, and organizations to assess, develop and optimize their performance and success using positive psychology and behavioral science.

Earlier in his career, James held leadership roles in HR and Talent Management in the UK and abroad with companies such as NatWest, Yahoo!, Right Management, and Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals. More recently, he has founded and led several talents and HR consulting businesses, including Strengthscope®, a pioneer and established global leader in strengths assessment and development.

James holds a Master’s in Organizational Psychology, an MBA, an Advanced Diploma in Executive Coaching, and a Harvard qualification in Sustainable Business Strategy. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, the Association of Business Psychologists, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD).

How to connect with James: James' LinkedIn

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