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PERSONALITY, values, capa-
bility and skill are all critical
areas to consider as part of
the recruitment process, according
to the new player in the rural
No8HR is a joint venture
between rural human resources professional Lee Astridge and farm
consulting business Intelact, offering a range of "people" services
from hiring to performance management and training.
"The business is designed to be a one-stop shop for the people
needs of rural businesses," Lee said.
"What sets us apart is our commitment to work long-term with our
clients for all their people needs."
No8HR was launched in January 2009 and gained steady momen-
tum in difficult trading conditions. After just one year the operation
is expanding to Australia.
"We have a network of recruitment consultants through New
Zealand and Australia as well as offering HR support online, by tele-
phone and through consultant visits," Lee said.
She said the recruitment practice that set them apart was their four-
quadrant approach which takes into consideration values and under-
lying capability as well as the more widely practised skills and per-
Four-quadrant recruiting means considering
personality (the character traits a person normal-
ly displays); values (the principles a person holds
to and how these might influence their expecta-
tions and experiences); capability (the natural
capacity a person has to learn and skill -- the
expertise a person has already gained).
"It is critical that when employers reach the
selection stage of their process that they give con-
sideration to each of these areas," Lee said.
"All too often one or two of these areas are
focused on and when the employee has worked in
the business, critical gaps in the other areas begin to show."
She said as a minimum the selection process should include a
face-to-face interview with pre-prepared questions that would give
insight into the four areas, reference checks that cover the last three
years of employment, conduct on-farm work-based tests that meas-
ure the person's current skills and the completion of an application
form and pre-employment medical questionnaire.
Lee said people recruiting for next season could plan three simple
steps now to improve their on-farm selection practices:
1. Include a farm walk in the selection process and while you are
doing the walk get them to explain specific things they see or would
do i.e. condition score the cows, estimate cover or help move stock.
2. Prepare interview questions well before the interview, making
sure they give information on each of the four quadrants i.e. person-
ality (how would you describe yourself at work?) Values (from time
to time we all have to do things that we don't like at work. What was
the last thing you were asked to do that you didn't agree with?)
Capability (what's the most challenging thing you've ever undertak-
en?) Skill (what are the steps you would take when injecting antibi-
otics into the vein?)
3. Carry out reference checking after you have interviewed the
applicant so that you can ask the referee specific questions about
what the applicant has told you about their work with the referee.
"The greater the number of selection tools you use, the better the
quality of the information you gather from the applicant and the bet-
ter your selection decision will be," Lee said.
"At No8HR our job is to help farmers and rural businesses make
good, timely decisions about people issues."
For more information visit www.no8hr.co.nz
One-stop shop for rural recruitment
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