Candidates apply directly on the TailorMinds website, are recommended by someone from their network, or are selected and approached via LinkedIn.
An introductory interview follows, with the aim of getting a better picture of a candidate’s knowledge and skills. Arjan says: “We are convinced that someone comes into their own best in a position that gives them energy and where ambitions can be achieved.” In the market in which TailorMinds operates, knowledge and experience in specific functions and industries largely determines the suitability of the candidate.
If the interview goes well for both parties, all conditions have been discussed and the introduction to the client has gone well, the candidate will formally start with the client. TailorMinds facilitates a smooth transition to the Netherlands for employees from abroad, whereby official documents, accommodation, full onboarding and, if needed, work for a partner are arranged.
When employees have been onboarded into their new role, an assessment, the Personal Profile Analysis of Thomas International, follows after about three months. The result of the assessment is discussed with the employee in a personal meeting, in which recognition and validation of the result is also an important part. The test measures the candidate’s preferred behavior and provides insight into motivators, communication styles and behaviour under pressure.
Because the job requirements for engineers are so specific, TailorMinds chooses to start the assessment three months after the new hire’s contract begins. The employee then usually feels at home in their new role. This is even more effective for people from abroad; at first they are often somewhat unsure about how to behave in an unfamiliar environment. Arjan and his team can see from the PPA graphs whether someone is a good behavioural fit for the new role. This serves as a starting point for a conversation about the employee’s ambitions and the way in which they work with colleagues.
In addition to the Personal Profile Analysis, TailorMinds also makes situational use of two other assessments from Thomas International. These are the assessment that measures emotional intelligence (TEIQue) and personality (HPTI). “We usually use these assessments when an employee has been working for more than a year. The purpose of these assessments is to provide and increase self-insight, so that an employee can better understand why he/she reacts the way he/she does and build better relationships with colleagues.”