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INSIGHT Decision Making Requires Skills and Mindset

Business success depends on building a more diverse, more productive workforce.

Today HR departments need to be sensitive to unconscious biases to be sure that candidate selection is not skewed. The challenge is how. Standard screening processes have proven unreliable.

Musicians are auditioned behind a screen so that they will be judged purely by the quality of their music. It's not about who they are--it's about what they can do (the quality of their musicianship).

Obviously businesses can't audition candidates behind a screen, so objective ways to determine the potential of candidates must be based on more relevant metrics.

What could be more effective--and useful--than a "blind hiring" process that starts with an objective assessment of the cognitive skills and motivational attributes that predict professional success.

Metrics that focus on the strengths and weaknesses of individual candidates, not their resume or demographic data, are powerful tools for your decision-making.  

Incorporating INSIGHT Business Professional into your hiring process enables you to identify and target highly skilled individuals with the professional mindset and problem-solving skills to achieve company goals. INSIGHT is calibrated to assess and report on 15 thinking skills and attributes such as problem analysis, evaluation of options, anticipating risk, commitment, motivation, tolerance and focus that predict workplace success. Reports provide numerical scores and recommended performance analysis.

Businesses need objective actionable data delivered in a cost-effective way. 

True employee assessment doesn’t have to be hard. Easy online administration through our industry leading app based technology and results sent to your inbox within minutes will take the stress out of employee assessment. Anonymous results make decision making more objective.

It’s easy to get started. Contact us today to discuss how our INSIGHT assessments can give you the objective data you need to build a workforce focused on high quality decision making.

Better decision-making skills create better results

Identify and hire the best talent

What does it take to complete successful new hires?

You need to:

  •  minimize costly training time
  •  reduce the risk of the new hire washing out
  •  and assure that new addition brings stability or improvement to team morale.

You work hard to hire the best available talent, but how do you know those new employees will become productive quickly?  How do you adapt their existing professional skills to new business needs?

Take the guesswork out of qualifying candidates

When you need to hire and then train your new employees to do the job, there’s a tool that will take the guesswork out of the process.  INSIGHT business assessment tools provide skills and mindset metrics to help you and your professionals maximize business performance by improving the quality of staff decision-making and reasoning throughout your organization. Get the reliable individual and group metrics you need to:

Don’t think you’re done once the new hire starts

Growth depends on improvement of skills. Your company benefits when employees apply good analytical thinking to problem-solving. Make sure your employee development program includes a focus on building strong problem solving and decision-making skills. INSIGHT Development Program is a cost effective, validated self-paced program for improving decision skills and fostering a workplace culture of positive thinking mindset. It includes a series of modules targeted to strengthen an individual’s thinking characteristics and the use of the corresponding Insight testing instrument and individual reports that can be used for individual professional development, continuous improvement initiatives, talent identification and other quality improvement programs. 

The right tools give you the data you need to accomplish your goals

An objective description of an individual's comparative strength in reasoning skills is a valuable aid in determining a person's capacity to benefit from educational training or to succeed in their job. INSIGHT starts with high quality, specialized thinking test instruments for business, health care, government and education uses. Our solutions are designed take the hassle out of employee assessment:

  • We will work with you to identify the key metrics that impact the objectives challenging your staff responsibilities.
  • We provide full support for administration, setting up and managing your program.
  • Our highly  flexible multilingual interface offers global 24/7 access for your team.
  • Reports provide comprehensive analysis of individual and group metrics for the key values you need.
  • Measuring thinking can motivate employees to hone their skills; knowledge of weaknesses can be a powerful motivator to change.

Improving thinking and reasoning skills can easily be incorporated into your business training plan with the INSIGHT Development Program. Our trained consultants will help you integrate INSIGHT Development Program into your professional development, quality improvement, talent development, team-building and other HR processes.

In this tighter job market, you have more competition for the best talent. It's harder to hire the highly skilled and motivated candidates who are ready to succeed—and more important to prepare them to thrive in your culture.

Insight Assessment delivers the results and the data required to focus on implementing improvements. Contact us to discuss your specific needs.

Success puzzle

Are you prepared for the upcoming wave of resumes from college seniors? So much enthusiasm, so little experience. Just because someone has completed a 4 year degree program doesn’t mean that they are prepared to succeed in the realities of your workplace .

Regardless of job classification, your expectations of employees are increasing. Now, even entry level professionals must be able to identify and resolve anomalies and think their way through technological barricades and job challenges of all kinds. What you need is reliable data on the strength of your people .

Wanted: critical thinking and data analysis skills

You need to find talented professionals with the reasoning skills and mindset to drive current systems to the next level, the eagerness for relentless problem solving, and an eye to seize opportunities while managing risks.  

Imagine the positive impact on your bottom line if you could be certain that:

  • problems were correctly identified and risks were effectively managed
  • employees were committed to excellence and to the success of the organization
  • opportunities were anticipated and captured at all levels
  • decisions were driven by data relevant to company goals
  • employees regularly contributed practical and affordable suggestions

There is a better way to identify the best job candidates.  Save time and money by prescreening for the most important predictors of on the job success: the capacity and desire to engage complex problems using sound critical thinking and quantitative reasoning. INSIGHT Business Professional delivers objective analysis of the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses in 15 core business skills and mindset attributes .

Contact us to preview INSIGHT Business Professional or to learn more about additional members of the INSIGHT tools .

Community College students

Many two year academic institutions choose to measure what really matters: good thinking. 

Community and technical colleges, certificate programs and other associate degree programs realize that student success is based on the strength of individual critical thinking skills and personal mindset attributes.  They depend on Insight Assessment tools to provide the highest quality, cost effective critical thinking metrics needed to support admissions, student retention and student success.

The measurement of the critical thinking skills and mindset of incoming students, individually and as a group, will provide vital data for tailoring student success services to the needs of specific students. Exit data on student critical thinking is valuable for other educational purposes such as program evaluation, accreditation or learning outcomes assessment.

In today’s world, nothing is more important than strength in problem analysis and strong decision-making skills. Critical thinking assessment is invaluable whether your project involves selective admissions to STEM and Heath Sciences programs, quality in admissions to business education, student retention initiatives, or the documenting of learning outcomes. Here are some two-year college success stories:

  • With an abundance of applicants for the Engineering Technology degree program, the program faculty found that the Test of Everyday Reasoning (TER)   and the Adult Level California Measure of Mental Motivation (CM3 III) identified their most qualified applicants. They used national percentile benchmarks to document the strength of their program graduates.
  • An urban college linked their SACS QEP initiative to a Statewide concern for improving the percentage of students who successfully complete their associate degree level career training.  The college’s QEP project using the TER and College Student Success (CSS) assessments to identify students at risk in their first semester, assisting their teaching and learning professionals to tailor the college’s support services.
  • Directors of the Nursing and the Physical Therapy Assistant programs selected the Health Sciences Reasoning Test – Associate Degree (HSRT-AD)  and the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI) to augment their admissions screening process. Strong scores on skills and mindset attributes long acknowledged as desired qualities and abilities in these clinical disciplines improved degree completion and licensure rates.
  •  A college transition director at another community college uses the College Student Success (CSS) instrument to guide students through a smooth transfer to their Bachelors completion program. The individual reports generated by the CSS give the advisor and the student a clear picture of the transfer student’s critical thinking skill set, motivation to learn, drive to succeed and much.

As the leader in reasoning assessment worldwide, our full service solution includes presentation-ready group statistics and graphics , scores spreadsheets, optional individual student reports, multiple language testing options, client customizable demographic question options, and same-day score reporting with 24/7 online, mobile or desktop testing , plus educational discounts and much more.  Visit our website for details about these services and to access our Resources bank of critical thinking teaching support materials.

Call us at 650-697-5628 or use our website’s “Contact us” link for a free quote for your project. Talk with an Insight Assessment representative about how other 2 year programs have added critical thinking assessment to their admissions and early cohort assessment procedures and how they document students’ strength in critical thinking as a criterion for receiving performance-based funding.

Follow our blog, Thinking INSIGHT , or RSS feed for more stories of assessment projects that help educators at all levels achieve their goals.              

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It’s a tough job but someone has to do it. Someone has to ask the hard questions, create clarity out of complex information and ambiguous situations—and then make the high stakes decisions required. Someone has to be the leader, driving the company forward.

Vision and decision strength start at the top. Leaders need to be strategists who can evaluate options, anticipate consequences, set priorities and determine the critical factors affecting the outcome of decisions. Effective leaders have strong analytical skills and the ability to energize an entire organization. 

Whether you’re an executive search firm looking for the best candidates to present to your clients or a search team looking for the right person to lead your company’s growth, you need the best tool to identify leaders with the strategic skills to lead in a complex world.  The metrics reported on  INSIGHT Executive , part of our complete line of professional tests , have been rigorously calibrated to identify how high stakes decisions are made and to measure the mindsets that make a leader effective.

INSIGHT Executive is not an easy test; it is designed to challenge the decision skills of members of the corporate leadership team.  To score well, the test taker must excel in the sustained, focused and integrated application of core reasoning skills. Comprehensive individual reports document strengths and weaknesses in 15 core components of leadership decision making.

  • INSIGHT Executive Part I assesses 10 mental mindsets such as maturity in judgment, tolerance, integrity and ability to motivate.
  • INSIGHT Executive Part II assesses 5 cognitive decision skills , using complex business scenarios that require individuals to make judgments based on conflicting or incomplete data involving internal or external challenges.

Our reports identify decision-makers who have the strategic skills to foster innovation and drive growth.

Contact us today to arrange a preview.  You don’t have to wait to add the power of an online assessment to your executive recruitment and development programs. INSIGHT assessments are available anywhere in the world with results in minutes.

Tolerance

Every aspect of business deals with customers.  Whether your group’s customers are an internal team or the end customer, the attitudes of every employee affect sales success. There is no question in today’s economy that this level of quality is stressful. So every group needs to demonstrate tolerance and cooperation to enable sales and heighten customer satisfaction.

You need to be certain your staff, collectively and individually, is measurably tolerant in order to work through your customers’ problems. With today’s constraints it can be difficult to assess tolerance without crossing lines, but true employee assessment doesn’t have to be hard.  Results for  Tolerance and 14 other key thinking skills and attributes  are presented on Insight Assessment’s comprehensive reports.  For example:

  • Insight Assessment measures tolerance because effective employees demonstrate open-mindedness as well as respect for diversity, different perspectives, opinions and suggestions. Tolerance is valuable in all settings, but most important when functions require interaction with clients, customers, suppliers, colleagues or coworkers from broadly diverse demographic backgrounds.

You need objective actionable data delivered in a cost-effective way.  Take the stress out of employee assessment with INSIGHT effortless integration into your current human resource processes, easy online administration and results in your inbox within minutes. INSIGHT Business Professional individual reports provide metrics on the test-taker’s strengths and weaknesses in essential cognitive skills and mindset attributes required for high stakes decision making and problem solving.

Contact us to get validated data for your assessment needs from prescreening candidates to leadership development and program evaluation.

INSIGHT: customer service

Do you need to attract and retain new customers to your business? Are you looking for ways to make your brand stand out? Are your staff an asset or liability?

Are your employees making sure the business provides quality customer service?  Do you hire people who are focused on meeting customer needs? If not, you can’t expect to define a brand positively or plan on attracting new customers.

Prescreening employees with INSIGHT Business Staff enables you to identify employees who have the thinking skills and mindset to:

  • anticipate customer needs--from refilling water glasses to guiding product selection
  • analyze key elements of unexpected customer issues, evaluate options and problem solve creatively
  • learn about and understand products, policies and responsibilities
  • focus on the customer rather than on themselves or co-workers
  • be motivated to accomplish tasks
  • have the positive work ethic  to be welcoming, helpful and engaged with customers
  • be honest, dependable and committed to delivering quality service  
  • be able to work with numbers

It is possible to objectively measure these skills and mindsets using validated INSIGHT Business Staff online assessments. Comprehensive individual reports provide scores on 15 core components of thinking well .  

Retail and service businesses require more than cheerful employees; your business grows when you hire people who can think well and have a strong motivated work ethic.  Join the increasing numbers of businesses that are using validated INSIGHT online assessments to gather reliable data to prescreen new employees. Staffing decisions are better when they are founded on the objective relevant data delivered by Insight Assessment.

Contact us. In one working day you can bring INSIGHT to every level of your organization.

Jobe candidates waiting in line for an interview

The decision is up to you; you need to hire or promote an employee. You’ve gone through all the vetting steps for this position: resumes sorted, interviews completed, background checks and references checked. Now you’ve narrowed it down to two candidates having similar experience:

  • Candidate A has a degree from an excellent university, made the Dean’s List, and has worked in the industry for four years at two jobs. Candidate A interviewed well and seemed enthusiastic.
  • Candidate B also has a degree from an excellent college, also made the Dean’s List, and has worked at a competitor for five years, getting a promotion after a year. Candidate B had good questions and interviewed well.

Which candidate do you pick? Why?
How confident are you about this decision?
     What if you’re wrong?

Wouldn’t it be great if you had objective metrics on their reasoning ability?
If you had both candidates take the INSIGHT Business Professional thinking skills assessment, you would receive individual reports describing the key judgment skills required at this level of responsibility and accountability.

  • At first glance you would see that Candidate A has a rating of Strong for Overall Reasoning Skills. Candidate B demonstrated Moderate Overall Reasoning Skills. You know that the Overall Reasoning Skills score reflects the big picture of how the candidate uses reasoning skills to analyze complex job-related situations to anticipate and solve problems to reach company goals. INSIGHT Business Professional provides objective metrics on five additional key elements of thinking strength  that you can use to compare candidates' skills.   

Now what do you think about your options? Are you ready to make a final decision?
How confident are you about this decision?
     Which candidate would fit best in the work culture and team you envision?
     Wouldn’t it be helpful to have even more objective data before you make your final choice?

Wouldn’t measurements of key professional mindset attributes be valuable?

INSIGHT Business Professional objectively assesses whether individuals are motivated to apply their knowledge experience and skills to meet company goals.

  • You would see that Candidate A has a scored well on components of work ethic such as job commitment, honesty, tolerance, resourcefulness and openness to change. Candidate B scored poorly on these important indicators of work success. The candidates were asked to react to typical on-the-job dilemmas; the Business Professional report shows individual results for ten  essential business mindset attributes . You know that the higher scores indicate someone who is more likely to desire to learn and to work and, most importantly, is motivated to apply their reasoning skills to job related decisions. These insights are invaluable.

Now which candidate do you choose?
And how confident are you NOW about your decision?

If you have to hire 10, 50 or 1,000 employees,  INSIGHT  will make your job easier—and lead to better hires—because you need validated objective data to interview, hire and promote the best thinkers  in the pool.

Integrity is quote

We want to believe otherwise, but every new hire and employee is a security risk.

From simple misunderstanding and carelessness, to serious embezzlement and malfeasance, the costs of dishonesty mount quickly. Success requires extreme employee trust.

Objective assessment of the risks and potential of your work force makes good business sense.

You don’t have to wait for the next incident to impact your company bottom line and reputation. You need to be able to trust your employees. Verify your values using INSIGHT assessments to objectively measure Honesty and nine other mindset attributes that characterize good employees. All INSIGHT assessments provide detailed individual reports analyzing strengths and weaknesses on key mindset attributes as well as essential cognitive skills. 

Trustworthy individuals conduct themselves with integrity, honesty, ethics and truthfulness.

Honest workers demonstrate respect for property and rules. Honest communication is key to building a culture of trust.  Measuring honesty pays off for our clients:

  • Retailers reduce loss and liability by prescreening employees using INSIGHT Business Staff .
  • Hiring agencies prescreen the honesty and work ethic of candidates who will be working in unsupervised situations, especially where employees cannot be easily monitored.
  • Executive search firms use INSIGHT Executive to assess the integrity of high stakes decision makers who must model the highest standards.
  • Security firms reduce the risk candidates will not perform according to rules of conduct both on and off the job by including INSIGHT assessments as part of security clearances.
  • Home health care agencies gain the trust of customers by prioritizing the work ethic and dependability of their workers using INSIGHT Health Staff .
  • Financial firms depend on INSIGHT Business Professional to identify candidates who are trustworthy when handling money.
  • Trainers use group data to design effective professional development programs targeting areas needing improvement.
  • Human Resources departments integrate INSIGHT Development Program into their programs because it offers a suite of proven  online training modules focused on improving thinking skills and the personal attributes (like honesty and integrity) that support strength in decision-making.

Our customers rely on INSIGHT metrics for honesty. Now you can set standards for employees who must dependably base their decisions and actions on core values such as honesty, trustworthiness, commitment to company mission and respect.

Contact us. INSIGHT offers specialized instruments for our clients in business, healthcare, education, law and government. Each of our tools are available in multiple levels to target the skills required to be successful at specific levels of accountability. 

You need to be able to trust your employees. Gain a competitive edge by using our measurement tools.

Main Street

Businesses big or small must run lean and agile to succeed.  Every dollar invested must pay off by growing the market and profits. That’s why businesses think long and hard about the decision to allocate money for hiring new staff. A bad decision can damage a business and cripple a small company.

Hiring decisions are filled with risk. Each employee has to bring valuable skills and be self-motivated these days. They need to be good problem solvers, fast learners and responsible with a strong work ethic.  A bad investment in an employee who can’t or won’t produce results costs your business not just money but also the lost opportunities that could have been funded by those dollars.

INSIGHT Business Staff provides easy to use, cost effective, online employee assessments that take the risk out of hiring. Comprehensive individual reports objectively document candidate strengths and weaknesses in 15 essential workplace thinking skills and mindset attributes:

Big or small, join the increasing numbers of businesses that are using validated INSIGHT assessments to gather reliable data to prescreen new employees. Staffing decisions should be founded on objective relevant data delivered by Insight Assessment .

Contact us to get the metrics you need to identify the employees who will grow with your company. 

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