With a recent surge in requests for Quintax assessments, we are often asked how our Bureau system works. There isn't one answer to this question, as we design a process for each client that requests it. While a face-to-face assessment and feedback may be more appropriate in very senior posts, the Bureau service is flexible enough to be used across a wide range of other managerial positions.
For example, in selection the client typically briefs candidates in advance to expect an email invitation to complete Quintax by an agreed deadline - we provide guidance to new clients on this briefing so that candidates will understand the process and its purpose fully. We manage the invitations and ma
ke contact with candidates to arrange telephone feedback. W
hile not a specific subject for this piece, there is clearly an increasing role for FaceTime and Skype as devices for this type of feedback, as they complement the information obtained by voice-only communications.
In each telephone feedback the candidate profile can be tested through discussion, and some evidence can be gathered about its implications for their workstyle.
Quintax Analytics may be called upon to assess how the candidate approached completion of the questionnaire, and whether there was anything unusual about this that merits exploration or comment during feedback.
A brief written report is produced on areas of fit/lack of fit to the job role for the interview panel to explore. A short telephone feedback to the hiring manager is also arranged prior to interview when the candidate reports have been compiled. Quintax system reports are supplied as required.
Clients are charged for our time and for the Quintax units used. We typically agree a standard time input per candidate feedback (e.g. 45 minutes) - this is often enough to cover a brief feedback and some exploration. We allow a short period after feedback for construction of the brief output report from notes, and up to half an hour is allowed for discussion of the group results with the hiring manager. The time cost (usually set by agreement in advance) is added to the cost of Quintax units. Unit charges for a basic assessment with standard Profile Chart and Type Report outputs would add just over £30 + VAT to the per candidate price, but other reports (e.g. on Leadership, Innovation, etc) can be added if desired at prices from around £6 to £19 + VAT.
With an experienced assessor in the feedback and reporting to client, the resulting charges have to be seen as pretty good value!
A Bureau service used in development settings usually involves more time spent in feedback, greater use of post-feedback materials, and a wider range of reports. The process therefore tends to be more costly. As it is done in a different way, this has its impact on the price as well as the arrangements!
So if you are contemplating using Quintax in selection or development, and would prefer to have this done by an outside independent agency, please contact us to discuss your needs on 0161 877 3277 or by email at
|If you are a C.Psychol. or experienced TUP assessor who might be interested in delivering and/or marketing this service on our behalf please get in touch.