Assessment and Selection

Recruiting the right people, with the right values, whom you can trust to do the right thing.

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Supporting evidence-based recruitment and assessment methods


For most organisations retention is as big or bigger challenge than recruitment.

Selecting and assessing the right person for your organisation will ensure that you recruit individuals who enhance the quality of your services and reduce your organisation’s turnover.

Cohesion employ a number of methods of assessment dependant on the role and your organisational requirements.

Cohesion use data from hundreds of assessments across numerous clients to validate the quality of our tools as indicators of high quality recruits.

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Understanding what 'good' looks like

We work with your organisation's HR teams, Hiring Managers and existing high quality staff to understand the ideal applicant for your organisation.

Positive and negative indicators

We will build a set of indicators to ensure that all applicants are appropriately scored against your ‘what good looks like’ criteria, as well as ensuring consistency in reviewing applications.

Values Based Recruitment

Values Based Recruitment been designed to help you as an employer, in recruiting the right people, with the right values, whom you can trust to do the right thing and who will stay with you to develop their career while adding value to your service.

Telephone or Video Interviews

All applicants are screened against a number of questions based on your pre-agreed role and organisational criteria. Video interviews are becoming more commonplace as a method of initial assessment.

Psychometric Tests

We can recommend appropriate applicant testing, including verbal and numeric, personality, and Social Care specific Care Character.

Assessment Centres

Cohesion will organise, design and deliver your assessment centres - providing material, facilitating and assessing, and providing candidate feedback.

Values Based Assessment to recruit applicants that embody your values and culture.

VBR is all about considering how attitudes, motives and values of applicants influence their behaviour. It focuses on ‘how’ and ‘why’ an applicant makes choices in work.

Often concentrating your recruitment effort on finding someone with the right attitude and values will prove more successful in the long term, than concentrating purely on experience. Someone who is the right fit with the desire to learn is likely to stay with you for longer, reducing your staff turnover and costs of recruitment.

Cohesion’s Values Based Recruitment processes include:

  • Reflecting Values in all communications with candidates e.g. wording on careers pages / advert text / emails;
  • Designing and implementing Values-based interview and assessment questions and indicators;
  • Training and educating hiring managers on the use of VBR at interview, and providing guidance on the types of questions they may want to use;
  • Supporting candidates so that they can give the best account of themselves during a values-based interview.

Assessing the right qualities for a career in care.


Created by:

Prof. Steve Woods, Leading Psychologist at Liverpool Management School

Dr. John Barratt –Author of “Recruitment and Selection in the UK Care Sector: A Longitudinal Study of Effectiveness in Resourcing Methods and Practice”