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  • Writer's pictureSterling Grey

Transforming Leadership Hiring: My Experience with Psychometrics


In my journey as a leadership consultant, I've witnessed a profound shift in how organizations approach hiring – a shift toward the power of psychometrics. This isn’t just another HR trend; it’s a revolution in identifying and nurturing true leadership. Let me take you through why I believe psychometrics is reshaping the future of hiring, and how it's leading to better results in time-to-hire, quality of hire, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.


The Rise of Psychometrics in My Practice As a consultant, I've always been fascinated by what makes a great leader. Through integrating psychometrics into the hiring process, I’ve seen firsthand how it goes beyond the resume to uncover a candidate’s deeper traits – their thinking patterns, motivations, and potential to lead. This approach adds a layer of scientific insight that was previously missing in traditional hiring methods.


Case Studies from My Experience

  1. Tech Industry Breakthrough: In one of my projects with a tech giant, we implemented cognitive and personality assessments in their hiring. The results were staggering – a 40% reduction in time-to-hire and a noticeable leap in the caliber of their leadership. It proved that faster hiring doesn’t have to compromise on quality.

  2. Banking on Diversity: Working with a multinational bank, we used psychometric testing to focus on personality traits rather than conventional criteria. The outcome? A 30% increase in leadership diversity and a newfound vibrancy in team innovation. It was a win for diversity and business performance.

  3. Retail Success Story: In a project with a retail chain, psychometrics helped us address high turnover. By aligning intrinsic traits with the company culture, we saw a 25% decrease in executive turnover. It was a clear case of the right fit leading to lasting tenure.

Implementing Psychometrics: My Approach Here’s how I've been using psychometrics to revolutionize hiring:

  • Assessing Beyond Skills: I delve into candidates' intrinsic traits to understand their natural inclinations and leadership potential.

  • Predicting Performance: I use these tools to anticipate how candidates will react in different scenarios, which is crucial for high-pressure leadership roles.

  • Advocating for DEI: In my work, psychometrics is a tool for championing diversity. It helps remove unconscious biases, focusing on the core qualities that matter in leadership.

The Future Is Here: My Take on DEI and Psychometrics In my practice, DEI is not just a checkbox. It's about enriching leadership with diverse perspectives. Psychometrics has been instrumental in this, allowing me to uncover and advocate for diverse talent that might otherwise be overlooked.


Conclusion: My experience with psychometrics in leadership hiring has been nothing short of revolutionary. It’s not just about filling a position but about finding a leader who can truly make a difference. As we step into the future, I firmly believe that data-driven, scientifically-backed hiring will become the norm, leading to smarter, more diverse, and more effective leadership across industries.


Call to Action: If your organization hasn't explored this avenue yet, now is the time to start.





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