Bridgend has a firm commitment to modernise its ways of working, to enhance services and to optimise beneficial partnership opportunities. In appointing a new Corporate Director for Wellbeing, the council wanted to ensure that the successful candidate had the full range of competencies, values and drives that would enable it to fulfil its transformational objectives.
Insight worked with the Chief Executive and other key stakeholders to closely define the role, the deliverables and the qualities that a post-holder would require to thrive and perform.
We subsequently designed a challenging assessment centre process, involving both key officers and Cabinet Members, which would thoroughly assess each candidate’s capacity to fulfill the job requirements. The assessment centre included the use of on-line psychometrics and a panel interview, but also a range of bespoke innovative approaches including:
The results of all of these exercises were intrgrated into punchy candidate summaries, which were presented to and explored with the Council's member-level appointments committee.
With the benefit of observing the appointee in post for several months, the Chief Executive made the following assessment of the value of the right selection decision:
The two-day assessment process generated a very detailed profile of each candidate’s strengths, development areas and degree of ‘match’ with the organisation’s values and competencies. The committee felt able to make a well-informed appointment decision with confidence.
“Insight…helped us to gain a holistic picture of candidates…which may have been missed at interview. Insight also worked well with members and officers during the process, so that everyone had a good understanding of the people being interviewed, together with the contribution they would make to the Council and local government more widely
The successful candidate quickly made a strong contribution…and became an essential part of the team. She has brought fresh thinking and ideas about how we manage services and is taking forward transformation projects in adult social care and wellbeing.”
Dr Jo FarrarThe Chief Executive
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