SOCRATES

MEASURE TALENT. 

PREDICT PERFORMANCE. 

THE MOST POWERFUL TALENT ASSESSMENT AND ANALYSIS TOOL

A great question in selection terms separates top performers from everyone else in the way they respond. Socrates selection assessments consistently deliver the best questions and evaluate a range of responses to measure critical talents that drive superior performance.  

We understand the demands on HR professionals to support their organizations in hiring top talent. Socrates is the most powerful assessment and analysis tool for those wanting to identify the very best candidates for external hires and internal promotions. 

WE BUILD ASSESSMENTS FOR THE 

ROLES THAT MATTER

We provide two types of assessment solutions – general assessments for roles that exist in every organization, and custom assessments that target unique roles specific to your organization.  

GENERIC ASSESSMENTS

Six critical roles drive the success of larger organizations. Hiring the right talent into these positions tends to be the deciding factor in overall company growth and performance. Companies that struggle with succession planning and “bench strength” have typically not paid sufficient attention to hiring into these levels. 

Productive Employee

1.

Professional Associate

2.

Frontline Manager

3.

Manager of Managers

4.

Senior Director 

5.

Board Member 

6.

CUSTOM ASSESSMENTS

We build assessments for unique roles that are critical to the success of an organization. These roles are usually revenue-driving or technical roles with a disproportionately large number of incumbents. Our work spans across a variety of industries to accommodate varying levels of role complexity and customer sophistication. 

Our most frequently built assessments include: 

Sales Representative

1.

Sales Manager 

2.

Financial Advisor

3.

Customer Service Representative

4.

Call Center Operator

5.

Educational Professional 

6.

OUR

APPROACH

1. RESEARCH

Our online assessments are fully researched for predictive validity within client organizations. Whether implementing general assessments or developing unique assessments for critical roles, we conduct research based on your very best performers, how to replicate their outcomes and raise the current standards of performance. 

2. MEASURE

Each candidate who takes a Socrates online assessment is measured against critical characteristics and talents that predict greater performance. Each person achieves high performance in different ways, and we highlight the strengths and gaps of candidates to help you make the best hiring decisions. 

3. PREDICT

Every hiring decision you take is a prediction of a candidate’s future success. Our focus is to reduce the error rate in selection decisions. It is important that the benchmark is not set too low – we focus our assessments on predictions of top quartile performance, and we validate our assessments against this standard. 

4. DEVELOP

The characteristics we measure are capabilities that contribute to a person’s success. Work needs to be done converting this potential into positive outcomes. We provide support to HR and hiring managers on how to interpret Socrates assessments and provide ongoing coaching that sets new employees up for long-term success. 

WHAT ARE

TALENTS?

The term “talent” is far too generally used as a hiring characteristic. To us it has a limited, specific and impactful definition – talents are naturally occurring thoughts, feelings and behaviors that can allow individuals to convert their experience, knowledge, skills and motivation into superior performance. Our assessments provide an objective measurement of the talents that matter for the role you are hiring. 

EXAMPLES OF NATURAL

TALENT:

Generating many plausible ideas about how to solve a problem.

1.

Delivering tough messages and making difficult people decisions.

2.

Inspiring others with a positive message about the value they create.  

3.

Setting exponential goals that drive others to superior performance.

4.

Seeing a clear sequence and eliminating ambiguity in work planning. 

5.

COMPREHENSIVE PERFORMANCE PREDICTIONS ACROSS 5 DIMENSIONS

Candidates who score more positively on Socrates selection assessments are more likely to:

Plot a course of action to achieve a more positive future state.

Push themselves and others to work hard and deliver results.

Influence others to do what is required and to do what is right.

Building meaningful connections to break down work barriers.

Create and drive systems and processes to manage work complexity.

TIM SCANNELL | GROUP PRESIDENT, STRYKER CORPORATION

Over the last five years, I have had the pleasure of working with Barry Conchie on a wide range of issues including team effectiveness, strategy, succession planning, talent selection, and executive coaching. He brings advice based on proven research and extensive real world experience. He will stretch and challenge your thinking and deliver advice in a well-reasoned, direct manner. I have been delighted with my interactions with Barry and appreciate the opportunity to frequently benefit from his wisdom.

ASK US

We’ve been researching interesting questions for 35 years. We’re interested to hear yours! 

 

Let our team help you ask the right questions, uncover the best solutions, and unlock the performance potential of your organization.

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