Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Forget personality tests!

Nearly two third of major companies in Australia use psychometrics in the hiring process as an indicator of candidate competency.

But perhaps not for long.

Using professional role play actors in job simulations as part of the hiring process is becoming an increasingly popular option for more and more companies. 

Instead of personality tests they use role play actors to simulate an actual ‘day in the life...’ And the results are impressive. First testing results show that this working method leads to an increase in retention because it demonstrates more effectively if you have the right candidate. 

In the assessments actors create a wide range of simulations that can include communicating with a client, dealing with an unforeseen problem or managing a complaint.
This allows organizations to actually OBSERVE and EXPERIENCE the applicants competencies instead of just reading about them in a personality testing rapport. 

And the knife cuts both ways: 
It allows candidates to experience what a day in the life of this new job actually feels like.

Furthermore, it is much cheaper to discover someone is not a match before they are hired and trained. 

How much cheaper?
Well, hold on to your seat: 

The Australian Department of Employment currently estimates that the average cost of a bad hiring decision can equal 30% (!) of the individuals first year potential earnings. 

That means a single bad hire with an annual income of $75.000 can equal a potential $22.500 loss for the employer!

Would you like to know how you can increase the chance of hiring the right candidate?

At InterACT WA we have a wide international experience with testing competencies using role play actors and real life simulations. 

Contact us through www.interactwa.com.au
We are happy to tell you more.  

Monday, 16 March 2015

6 Reasons to hire a Dutchy!

This month I live and work in Australia for exactly 3 years. And with more than 200 nationalities living side by side here in multicultural Perth, it's not uncommon for people to ask each other where they're from.

As soon as I tell people I'm from the Netherlands they quickly respond with the stereotypes: "Ah! The country of drugs, prostitution, cheese and clogs..."

Not the most appealing sides of Dutch culture.

Luckily the Dutch have more to offer.
So here are 6 typical things about Dutch culture that will make you want to hire a Dutchy.

1. Open minded
The Dutch are not easily phased by different opinions and they have the tendency to accept people the way they are. Therefor they easily build relationships and quickly connect to different cultures.

2. Confronting
The Dutch speak their minds... Some might think we're rude and blunt, while others think we're just honest. However you feel about it, you will always get straight forward feedback from a Dutchy. And we also love a good debate.

3. Entrepreneurial
The Dutch are traders. Ever since the old days they are always looking for new products and markets. Therefore a Dutchy will not be afraid to try new things or inform you about new innovations.

4. Discipline
Being late for work is one of the worst things you can do in the Netherlands. Dutchies believe rules should not be broken and you should stick to your promises. This makes Dutchies reliable business partners. And they will most likely be on time. ;)

5. Freedom
The Dutch like their freedom. To travel. To have choice. To be who they want to be. So it can be hard to lock down a Dutchy. However it also means they have broad horizons. And are generally well traveled and independent.

6. Modest
The Dutch will not show off. Since they were young kids they have heard the saying: 'Act normal. That's crazy enough as it is.' So if you want to shine in the spotlight, a Dutchy will modestly let you.

So there you go! 6 Reasons to hire a Dutchy.
Sounds better then drugs and clogs, right?

Would you like to know more about the Training programs InterACT delivers on Intercultural Communication? Contact us here.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Free Introduction: 'Acting in Training & Development'

About  ‘Acting in Training & Development’

You want to learn how to work as a professional role play actor. Or maybe you already are, but until now you solely trusted on your improvisation skills and your enthusiasm. Acting in Training & Development is a special skill and there’s a lot to learn when it comes to working as a professional Role Play Actor.

How do you help people develop their communication skills with your acting talent? 
What are different ways to give participants feedback? 
How do you create a real life scenario where people can safely practice new behaviors? What creative working methods can you use to create a high learning impact?

Come and visit our free introduction and find out all about our exclusive 2 day workshop that will give you all the knowledge and techniques you need to become a professional role play actor.

For who?

This introduction is for professionals who want to know how they can increase their value as an actor or learning professional with our 2 day workshop.
The introduction is suitable for Actors, Trainers, Psychologists, Assessors and Coaches who want to learn how to take the role of professional role play actor in training workshops.
So come visit our FREE introduction and get inspired!

About InterACT WA

InterACT is WA's leading consultancy firm of the use of actors in Training & Development. We make learning outcomes and communication messages 'come alive'. By using the fun and power of theatre skills, we provide creative learning experiences that will have a great impact and will help participants interact even more successfully.

InterACT WA was founded by Janine de Muinck. She’s a seasoned professional who has worked as a role play actor, trainer and coach for more than 10 years in the Netherlands – a country at the forefront when it comes to theatre based interventions and creative learning methods.

Janine completed her studies as a Drama Teacher in 2002 and she has a bachelor in Training & Development. In 2007 she completed her Associate degree in Professional Corporate Role Play. Her style can best be described as straight forward, energetic, practical, entertaining, confrontational, authentic, accessible, open, honest and with a sense of humour.


Or contact us to reserve your place in the full 2 day workshop ‘Acting in Training & Development’ (limited places available)

Tuesday March 31st  6pm – 7pm
(Registration at 5.30pm)


InterACT @ the Powerhouse
18 Stirling Street, 6000 Perth.

Mrs. Janine H. de Muinck