Competency-based Interviewing and Assessment
This method has proven to be an effective technique in screening applicants. The interview aims to determine the applicants’ core competencies, technical skills, work experience and other essential personal qualities vis-à-vis the job specifications for the positions to which they are applying.
The interview and assessment process are broken down into several stages:
- Initial Interview
We conduct a meticulous review of the applicant’s education, English language proficiency and experience. We interview applicants by the most appropriate means available whether it be in-person and via videoconferencing.
- Behavioral Based Interviewing
Our interview process also includes behavioral based interviewing techniques, which allow us to determine the strengths and weaknesses of individual candidates in relation to the specific competencies most critical to the client’s organization.
- Knowledge and Skills Assessment
Applicants are engaged in a technical interview conducted by our expert Recruitment Evaluators. This includes a demonstration of skills and abilities to determine their technical aptitude. They are also given a written examination to test competencies and proficiencies acquired through their education and previous work experience.
- Video Interview
Qualified applicants may also record a video interview at any of our offices. Competency-based questions are also asked during the video interview. Employers can view the results anywhere in the world via our iQuestTM database engine through our website. Video interviews of applicants are used as additional evaluation tool in the final selection process.
- Overseas Interview (Optional)
We can organize travel and interview arrangements to allow the client’s representative to interview the potential workers in their current place of residence (for large groups only).
- Competency-based Reference Checking
We conduct all work reference reviews and provide our clients with resumes and supporting documents of pre-screened, qualified foreign workers for their final review and decision. Candidate profiles are submitted to the employer with complete presentations detailing the specific aspects that qualify them for the vacant posts. Once the employers have made a decision to pursue a particular applicant, a complete and comprehensive referencing process will be undertaken to confirm his/her skills and abilities.
- Evaluation and Testing
Qualified applicants are given further relevant skills verification tests, to validate the degree of their technical aptitude. In Canada, foreign workers may also be required by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (“HRSDC”) to be tested and/or be certified. Employers, at their discretion, may test the candidates either directly, or through our facilities, in their country of residence.
We have several partnerships and collaborations with different prestigious training and testing centers both private and government; Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippine Nursing Association (PNA), Occupational Health Nursing Association of the Philippines (OHNAP), Meralco Foundation Institute (MFI), Center for Culinary Arts (CCA), Center for Hospitality Arts Management Philippines (CHAMP), Construction and Manpower Development Corp. (CMDC), and Philippine Welding Society (PWS).
Mercan has developed a partnership with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) the Philippine Government training and skill competency development body to develop trainings and curriculum to enhance the skills and competencies of Filipino workers. This will enable the workers to develop competencies and qualifications critical to the requirements of the Canadian employers. With this strategy, Mercan Recruit can ensure that the worker’s familiarity with the Canadian standards prior to their arrival. Furthermore, Mercan Recruit is authorized to use the training facilities of TESDA which are strategically located all around the country to make these trainings accessible to the workers.
With this unique partnership with TESDA (www.tesda.gov.ph), we can provide a reformed industry-based training program that includes apprenticeship, a dual training system and certification programs for Canadian employers.