Organisational Insights

Skills Testing Increases Recruitment Accuracy

Skills Testing Increases Recruitment Accuracy

Companies that don’t rely on effective hard and soft skill testing before employing staff, run the risk of having under-skilled staff that jeopardise productivity levels and can end up costing the company time and money in training, staff turnover and re-employment.

Through my many years of recruitment, I have seen just how crucial pre-employment skill testing is. We pride ourselves in our ability to do effective skills assessments for our clients. It allows us to sift through talent pools to determine if an individual has the required skills for a specific job.

Years ago hard skill testing was a ‘nice to have’. These days we simply wouldn’t do without it! We rely on assessments to get a better understanding of candidates’ true capabilities and determine their long-term suitability to perform and excel in any given role. Our pre-selection skill testing process gives us confidence in presenting verified skilled talent to our clients. We feel we can prove the candidate has the capability to understand the job functions and can deliver on what they need to. It certainly results in much higher staff retention rates for our clients and has given us great peace of mind in being able to offer free replacement guarantees to our clients as well. With our rigorous testing procedures in place, we rarely have to!

In addition to hard skill testing, soft skill testing can be just as crucial in assessing and identifying emotionally intelligent candidates who are the right cultural ‘fit’ for our clients. This is particularly important to our clients, where certain cultural sensitivities are a pre-requisite.

We recognise how important it is to offer our clients the very best skilled candidates we can, and incorporating hard skill testing as part of our service offering sets us apart from those agencies that don’t, and helps us remain the leaders in employment services in the education and charity organisations.

Cheryl McCormack – Principal Recruiter & Business Consultant holds a Graduate Diploma in Psychology combined with her 20 plus years as a recruitment expert. Cheryl reviews all assessment results.



What others are saying

I have great respect for McCormack Employment Services,  your down to earth & genuine interest in your applicants and that you have always treated me with dignity & respect for which I am also most grateful.
Anita S. - Executive Assistant

I always found your recruits a higher standard and your screening better.

Peter Ireland - (former Head - Governance, Policy & Risk, Sydney Catholic Schools)

Hey Cheryl,

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Steve Francis - (former Retail Management Team, SA)

Cheryl, I just love how professional you are, every step of the way you ace it! A big thank you for your help and guidance.

Nicky Pellegriti - TAS Assistant, MSBC

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for the valuable assistance you’ve given me during my job search, you have generously shared your expertise.

Zoe, P - EA, CAS

I can’t thank you enough for your support in helping me secure the SJOG role, working with you is always such a positive experience!

Lynn Devitt - Casa Venegas, St John of God

I would just like to extend my gratitude for walking alongside me on this journey, thank you a hundred fold.

Abbel Gaspi - Project Officer, Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

We really enjoyed your time with our team, there was much learned about ourselves and each other, thanks again for your wise guidance.

Megan, S - MBTI Workshop

You have been the best recruiter I have met, committed, caring and with a strong work ethic.

Natalie Centoira - Placed candidate

Thanks for your professionalism, support and assistance.

Sonia Perez - Human Resources Manager, Oakhill College

Thank you so much for the opportunity to win the role with Envy Jewellery, I am enjoying it so much that I hope to be here for years to come!

Raewyn Wilson - Customer Service Coordinator, Envy Jewellery

Thanks to Cheryl and the team at McCormack’s for yet again sourcing an appropriate applicant and successfully filling an unusual vacancy at our College.  I would not hesitate to recommend their services.

Joanne Kessey - Secretary to Mr Michael Blake, College Principal, Champagnat Catholic College Pagewood

I want to take a moment to thank you for all the support you’ve shown me throughout my job search process. I am so appreciative of not only the way you made me feel at our first meeting but your generosity with your time and resources.

Donna Laney - Senior Administration Officer – Student Services, Mt St Benedict College

Once again Cheryl, you have found a great position that suits my needs and skills. I will be forever grateful to you.

Kerrie Scarpellino - Placed Candidate

I am absolutely thrilled to be offered permanency. I wish to greatly thank you for all the effort in securing this position and for believing in me and encouraging me to move forward.

Nancy M - Placed Candidate, Catholic Cemeteries & Crematoria