Leadership Candidate Assessment

Expert Assistance for Your Most Critical Hires

Because of Topgrading's coaching and methodology, I have been able to attract, hire, coach and retain exceptionally talented candidates. I strongly encourage you to make Topgrading an indispensable part of your leadership toolbox.

Bruce Smith

Chairman & CEO, Detroit Manufacturing Systems

Candidate Selection is Our Core Competency.

Our assessments help clients get these critical hires right over 90% of the time. We take the guesswork out of complex hiring decisions and bring structure, rigor, solid data, and analysis to the process. WE have analyzed 100,000+ jobs. We know the competencies needed for success.

reviewing a candidate job scorecard

Step 1: Job Scorecard

An organized, structured hiring approach starts by painting a clear picture of success. We begin any engagement by thoroughly analyzing your business, your culture, and the specific performance objectives. We then create a detailed Job Scorecard - a list of measurable accountabilities, core values, and behavioral
competencies that describe a person who will perform at a high level in the role.

Step 2: Deep Candidate Insights

The keystone of a Topgrading Assessment is the most thorough, most revealing interview ever. The Topgrading Interview is conducted with all finalists for the job. This process surfaces thousands of data points about the candidate, which we use to accurately identify patterns of strengths, weaknesses, habits, values, relationships and performance.

deep candidate insights
calling candidate reference checks

Step 3: Candidate-Arranged Reference Calls

A key element of the Topgrading Assessment is Candidate-Arranged Reference Calls. Clients let candidates know in advance that they will be asked to arrange reference calls with recent managers and often a couple of peers and direct reports. This step, particularly planting the seed early, encourages candidates to be transparent. For decades A Player candidates have been happy to arrange these calls.

Step 4: Candidate Analysis

We analyze the rich, full data unearthed by the Topgrading Interview in relation to the Job Scorecard criteria. This allows a uniform, rigorous analysis and an accurate conclusion as to whether a candidate will be a high performing addition to the team and a great fit for your culture.

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