According to a recent article, the true cost of recruiting a new staff member can exceed $100,000.   Such expensive investments deserve a rigorous and well-informed decision-making process.

Recruitment agencies and some employers often use psychometric tests to screen potential candidates.  These tests may target such areas as personality type, aptitude, job-fit, emotional intelligence, leadership, performance, work preferences, cognitive ability, and skills.   It is important to have information about these issues, but there is something else that may be even more critical to the on-going success of your organisation.

Are you concerned about the future of your business or organisation?   The person you hire today may be the right person to meet your current needs, but will you still be glad you hired them when your needs change in the future?   The fact is, some people are very good at their jobs, but they are not good at handling change.

How much time and money do you want to spend on training?   People who struggle with change will, in the long run, require more training than people who are more adaptable and find it easier to change.  The ‘best’ candidate you look at today could end up costing you a lot more money than you bargained for if they do not have change fitness.

How competitive do you want your business or organisation to be?   To stay competitive you need to remain on the growing edge of practice and innovation in your industry.   People who do not handle change well generally don’t like innovation, because they don’t like change.

You may receive important information about prospective employees from the standard battery of psychometric test commonly used.   However, they won’t tell you about the change fitness of the people you consider.   Without that information, you may well choose candidates who are not good at handling change, who will end up costing you too much money on training, and who compromise your ability to remain competitive.   Are you willing to take that risk?

The Change Gym has developed a sophisticated tool called IRVEY®.   In less than 30 minutes you can have detailed information about a job candidate’s change fitness – how well he or she is likely to cope with change, where their strengths and limitations are, and what training they will probably require.   This one report could end up saving you thousands.

IRVEY® is developed in Australia by Australians and for Australians.   It is online, available from any internet connection, and provides instant results.  We provide back-up support as needed to ensure you can make full use of the information.

Dr Steve Barlow

Steve Barlow
Author: Steve Barlow

Steve heads up The Change Gym. He is a change readiness specialist. You can contact him at