The assessment process from candidate’s perspective

Zolzaya Shagdar recently participated in IKIGAI ́s personnel assessment. We discussed with Zolzaya about her experience. Read below what thoughts the process raised and what kind of experience the assessment was for her!

Candidate Zolzaya Shagdar tells about her personnel assessment experience.

What kind of thoughts did you have when you heard that the recruitment process includes a personnel assessment by IKIGAI Assessments?

I hadn’t participated in a personnel assessment before so at first, I was a little hesitant about it. It was a little unclear to me how comprehensive the assessment would be and how it would relate to ikigai philosophy. However, when I was invited to the assessment, it became clear that the assessment Is specifically modified to the applied position. Namely, that my motivational factors are considered in addition to the demands of the specific job, when considering the match between the employee and the applied position. This Is the Ikigai philosophy, which Is referred to in the company’s name.

It was easy to be myself in the interview situation and to reflect on my own strengths and development areas openly. A lot of motivational questions were asked in the interview, which also made me think about the subject more deeply.

How did you experience the assignments and the interview involved in the assessment process?

At first, I was little hesitant about the number of pre-assignments. However, the instructions for completing the assignments were very clear and it was easy to follow the process. I was given a weekend for completing the pre-assignments, so I had enough time to fill them. I could do the assignments at my own pace and divide them into several separate occasions. The pre-assignments took in total about three hours to complete including diverse motivational- and personality assignments in addition to cognitive ability tests that felt quite challenging. All in all, the assignments were meaningful and interesting.

I was little nervous in the interview at first. However, the atmosphere was natural, so I felt quite confident as it progressed. The interview was thorough, but it did not feel especially oppressive – rather conversational. When there was no extra pressure, it was easy to be myself in the interview situation and to reflect on my own strengths and development areas openly. A lot of motivational questions were asked in the interview, which also made me think about the subject more deeply.

I was delighted that the personnel assessment process ended with a sparring discussion, where I was able to go through my results more deeply through discussion. For example, regarding my development areas, I learned to better understand the reasons behind my working style.

After the interview, I did a simulation task that was clearly designed for the job applied. After completing the simulation task, I was immediately given the chance to reflect the task together with Mayling. I eventually took the simulation task as a learning experience for myself and for the future – it was kind of a reminder of how I could act in similar situations if I would be chosen for the job I was applying for.

What thoughts did you have about the assessment results?

I was delighted to receive a written personnel assessment report – I still have it in a safe place. Overall, the personnel assessment report was positive and encouraging. I recognized many of my strengths, at least on some level, but hearing them assessed and articulated by an expert felt constructive. In addition, I feel that during the assessment process I also learned about what I could develop in myself. I recognized many development areas raised in the report. However, when in the report they were affiliated with the applied job it gave thoughts and tools to help me with my new employment. I also showed the report to the people close to me. It was fun to notice that they also recognized me from the results. On the other hand, they also commented that the report helped them to understand me better.

Altogether, the personnel assessment left me impressed and contented. The assessment was useful regarding not only for the job applied, but also for my self-knowledge and my self-development.

I was delighted that the personnel assessment process ended with a sparring discussion, where I was able to go through my results more deeply through discussion. Sometimes you think that you know things about yourself and might take them for granted. That is why it was nice to discuss with an expert. For example, regarding my development areas, I learned to better understand the reasons behind my working style. For example, why I act in a certain way in pressure situations.

How did you feel about the process overall?

The whole process proceeded relatively quick, considering how many different things had been gathered into the results. I was looking forward to the conclusions, as I had also put a lot of effort into the assessment. Altogether, the personnel assessment left me impressed and contented. The assessment was useful regarding not only for the job applied, but also for my self-knowledge and my self- development.

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