The valuable role of Psychometric testing in recruitment strategies and staff retention.

Psychometric testing plays an essential role in recruitment by measuring cognitive abilities as well as personality and behavioural style, providing an effective tool that will assist employers to gain a clearer understanding of a candidate and to secure the best fit for the position to be filled.

While facets such as education, skills, appearance and punctuality are easier to assess during an interview than the behavioural traits and personality of a candidate, the use of psychometric testing during the recruitment process helps to give a better overall evaluation of the candidate, making it easier to find the best person to fit the specified role. Psychometric tests are designed to offer an objective overview of a candidate’s character, working style, strengths and weaknesses in order to gauge the future performance of a candidate as well as to equip employers to make successful decisions that will improve the retention of employees.

Many companies adopt the use of psychometric testing to reduce the hiring manager’s load by identifying a smaller pool of suitable candidates who will perform well in the latter stages of interviewing, especially when there is a large volume of applicants to sift through.

Businesses are becoming more aware of the high cost involved in replacing skilled positions as a consequence of making the wrong choices in the hiring process, while the use of psychometric testing can improve the positive outcome of recruitment by up to 25%, as opposed to relying on purely subjective methods such as interviews and the screening of resume’s.

The use of pre-employment assessments is one of the most affordable and effective ways that companies can ensure maximum return on investment, and sends a clear message to candidates that the company invests effort in getting the right people into the right job.

At Aesafrica we are invested in your company’s success to finding the right candidate. We have gone through great lengths and investment to find people that are a part of our team today.

Meet Charls Marais! – find his linkedin profile here

Charl Marais holds a Psychology Honours degree and is a Registered Psychometrist with the Health Professions Counsel of South Africa (Practice number PMT 0090379), Alongside of this he has a Bcom Honours Degree.

His experience at hand has been those of 4 year of corporate work, where he started and managed graduate programs for corporate companies. With great experience in training and staff development.

When we met Charls and explained to him what our company was about. From the get go, he understood the meaning “The most important asset to any business is its people.” Which is what our company lives by, made the decision to bring him onto the team easy. With the combination of his qualifications and Aesafrica to recruit for businesses across south Africa, has only added pure vale to our services.

Imagine being able to get only the top candidates for your business, with psychometrics you have metrics that give you the measurements you need to choose and evaluate your candidate for the position of employment, which in turn this will minimizing the risk of employing the wrong person.

Looking for a company that works for your company to strive. Contact us let us find the perfect candidate for your business ( link to contact page here).

Career coaching sets you on the path to success with well planned strategies to refine the way you approach your job search.

A good career coach can make all the difference in your job search in terms of the type of jobs and employers you target as well as just how well you interview, which makes it well worth taking the time to find a registered professional to assist you in bringing out the very best in you as you take on a highly competitive job market.

If you do not know very much about the type of job you are looking for in the various industry sectors, or understand the latest strategies for successful job hunting, your career coach will offer you all the guidance you need to start narrowing down your choices and assisting you with effective strategies to help refine the way you approach your job search, CV and interviews.

The role of a career coach is to help you to identify the right career roles best suited to you, or to assist you with transitioning to a new role you may have chosen in your workplace by integrating career research with an in depth knowledge of the current trends in the job market, guiding you to a clear understanding the role your own personal development plays in moving you towards your goals successfully.

Choosing to work with a professional career coach will assist with the progression you may wish to make in your current position, explore new career options or move into a new direction completely. If you are feeling stuck in terms of your career or would like look at different future opportunities, working with a career coach will empower you to take well planned steps towards making these goals a reality.

Even if you know exactly what you would like to do but are uncertain about how to get there, in depth career counselling will assist you in putting you way ahead of the competition by ensuring that the qualities that make you unique are fully reflected in your job search campaign to set you on the road to success.

By choosing to work with a professional career coach you will have an experienced partner who will be able to assess your current skills, experience and requirements expertly, empowering you to form a clear and realistic action plan for your career based on your abilities.

Choosing the right career coach will provide you with access to specialist information, job market information and all the resources you will need in order to enhance your employability for the job you really want, and to approach the process with confidence.


AES Africa Cape Town Office

Hill House, 42 De Smit St,
Green Point,
Cape Town,

+27 (0) 21 286 4750

Johannesburg Office

Sala House,
12 Fredman Drive,
Johannesburg, 2196

+27 10 2861762


© 2017



Looking back on its tremendous growth and its applications far into the future it is not hard to see why the I.T. industry is in such an exciting position right now. Especially if you consider that as long as there are solutions and innovations needed in the I.T. industry, an I.T. professional will always be an employable asset!
Whether you are a graduate or experienced professional, if you really want to make your mark on the world, then the I.T. industry is one of the best sectors to work in, knowing that it is constantly growing and evolving, and definitely the way of the future.

AES Africa is the perfect platform to match applicants to job descriptions and requirements of the employee in the I.T. industry, from software developers and engineers, to those who have experience in e-commerce, forming an integral portal to the I.T. industry, for both employer and employee.
PHP, MySQL development skills, maintaining and optimising websites, CSS and HTML are just a few of the keywords used to describe some of the background required to fill varied positions in the I.T. industry that AES Africa offers.

As much as the I.T. industry is challenging, it is also one of the most inspiring industries to work in, knowing that you are involved in breaking new ground and finding new solutions every day.

The I.T. industry is the final frontier in terms of man’s exploration, we have been to the moon, found ways to explore the depths of the oceans and the highest of mountains, and, in terms of technology, there is nowhere else to explore but to dive into the culture of growth and movement, development and innovation of the I.T. industry.

The I.T. industry is the future, and, while the demands are high, so are the rewards financially and in terms of being on the edge of innovation and discovery, and I.T. professionals will always be in demand!

AES Africa Cape Town Office

Hill House, 42 De Smit St,
Green Point,
Cape Town,

+27 (0) 21 286 4750

Johannesburg Office

Sala House,
12 Fredman Drive,
Johannesburg, 2196

+27 10 2861762


© 2017



In the highly competitive job market you only have seconds to make an impression with your CV to determine whether it will lead to an interview or not. CV’s are initially scanned briefly, not read, due to large volumes of CV’s being received by HR departments or employers, and it is in these brief moments that the decision is made on whether to discard or keep your CV.



  • Check your spelling, punctuation and grammar; more opportunities for an interview are lost through this kind of carelessness than you can imagine!

  • Limit your CV to two A4 pages – your CV is teaser aimed at getting the employer to want to interview you in order to find out more.

  • Keep it simple, brief, and concise.

  • Tailor your CV to align with the job or position as advertised.

  • Use bullet points and leave enough white space between headings on the page to make it easy to read.

  • Use a decent size font and stick to the standard fonts like Times New Roman or Arial.

  • When emailing your CV, save it in a format that will make it easy to find for the employer or HR department, such as: CVJohnSmith

  • Don’t use abbreviations that will not be recognisable to an HR department or employer.

  • Be honest! Lies will catch up with you should you land the interview.


Your cover letter is your opportunity to briefly express why you would like to be considered for the position advertised. Make your points in short paragraphs professionally laid out, conveying a positive attitude, in a way that will reveal your level of communication skills.

Always thank the prospective employer for their time and express that you look forward to hearing from them.


List your name, current address, telephone number and email address clearly. Use an email address that does not look unprofessional.


Express what you have to bring to the position advertised and how your skills would translate and apply to it. Work on 25 to 30 words.


List your job title, company name and dates, starting with your most current position. Use bullets and give a brief 2 or 3 line overview of your job descriptions, keeping sentences short and punchy.


List your relevant qualifications or highest level of education obtained first, followed by the rest. Use bullet points to list qualifications and certificates that pertain to the job application specifications as advertised.


When references are required, send a separate page on which you can list your references that include the name, job title, company, phone and email address for each of your referees. If not required, state that references are available on request. Always make sure that your referee’s are aware that they may be contacted.

Always remember that it is worth taking the time to tailor your CV to the position advertised in order to make those first few seconds count.

Your CV has landed you the interview, which means it’s time to prepare yourself as thoroughly so that on the day of your interview you will be in a position to impress your potential employer.

  • RESEARCH: The more information you research on the company you are interviewing with, the people who will be interviewing you, the higher your chance of success will be. Look beyond their home page on their website; explore everything you can find in order to have insightful questions to ask at the interview. Use search engines to find any other published information about the company.

  • REVIEW & RESEARCH INTERVIEW QUESTIONS: Ask your contact person o what kind of interview you might expect, so that you can plan the kind of responses that may be expected of you.

  • DRESS THE PART: Study what the image of the company is and plan your wardrobe to suit it. It is always better to be overdressed than under. Keep accessories and jewellery to a minimum. Make sure that your clothes are clean and fit well.

  • BE ON TIME: Arrive a bit earlier to give yourself time to observe the dynamics of the work environment you may be entering; there is never an excuse to arrive late! Always take a pen and notepad with, turn your cell phone off and throw your chewing gum away!


  • CLEAN UP YOUR SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES: In this digital age, you would be amazed at how many potential employers will reject someone because of inappropriate content found on their social platforms! There are even apps that will help you clear your social media of any potential red flags.

  • GREAT FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Make a great first impression by dressing appropriately, making eye contact, smiling and offering a firm handshake. Practice the handshake if you have to, a limp-fish handshake just won’t do! The first 15 to 20 minutes is when the decision is already made; make a positive, authentic impression with a great attitude!

  • BODY LANGUAGE: Pay attention to your body language. Stay focussed, fidgeting is very off putting, remember that you are there to sell yourself and your skills, and anything that detracts from that is going to be a loss to you. Finally, remember to thank the interviewer for their time, whether in person or via email.

Having everything in place, knowing that you have researched and planned well for your interview, will make it easier to create a positive impact that will make you the candidate of choice!

The recruitment industry in South Africa plays a vital role in creating a relationship of trust that connects employers to potential job-seekers. With the huge move to online recruiting, it is worth developing and maintaining a relationship with a reputable recruitment agency.

It is vital that both the employment candidate and the employer check the credentials, history and reputation of any recruitment agency before engaging their services. As with any huge industry, the recruitment industry in South Africa is open to exploitation of unscrupulous recruiters who will always find ways to exploit job seekers.

It is the recruitment agency, with active involvement and experience in the recruitment industry, that has the resources and knowledge to remain plugged in and up to date with positions that are available. Added to this, the recruitment agency will also often know about job positions that will become available before they are even advertised.


Most active job seekers would rather approach a recruitment agency they trust than to approach a company directly, knowing that they will have expert guidance and information on job positions available.

The use of mobile technology and social media has also had a major impact in changing the world of recruitment. Recruitment agencies explore all avenues, such as platforms like LinkedIn to source potential candidates, whether they are active job seekers or not. Recruitment agencies are constantly expanding their pool of potential candidates in order to offer the highest level of service to their clients, making it well worth keeping your professional credentials updated on a social platform such as LinkedIn.

Recruitment agencies tailor make staff outsourcing solutions in order to create ongoing relationships with clients. Because candidates put forward by a recruitment agency for interviewing have already been prepared and screened, an immense amount of time is saved for the employer in the process.

Different recruitment agencies offer various areas of expertise, such as those that offer temping solutions, or those that focus on providing only permanent and executive level positions.

An essential element in the recruitment industry in South Africa is supplying temporary staff. These temporary positions have become an important contribution to lowering unemployment figures by allowing candidates to add further experience to their CV’s, often leading to full time employment.

For unemployed job seekers, and those who are in need of on-the-job experience, ‘temping’ is a perfect solution to gaining further skills and experience, essential to the competitive employment arena.

The recruitment industry in South Africa keeps both the client and potential employee connected in the most time and cost efficient way possible to meet the demands of a highly competitive job market.