Abu Dhabi, UAE: NAJAH, the country’s leading higher education and career exhibition, which takes place from 28 to 30 October at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, has signed a partnership to host free onsite Psychometric assessments with cut-e, a world leader in the design and implementation of online tests for use in recruitment, selection and development in a business environment.
Psychometric testing provides a range of information about an individual’s aptitude, attitude and values or how they are likely to behave when put in a challenging situation. Psychometric assessments are used to help organisations identify the best staff with the right capabilities, competencies and cultural fit to deliver optimal business results for their organisation and progress further up the career ladder. In addition to this, cut-e work with many universities and institutions to help students identify their own key strengths and development areas.
David Barrett, Managing Director of cut-e says they have seen an increase in demand for Psychometric Testing; “This is our second year of operation in the Middle East, and in this short time we have witnessed a significant increase in demand. The economies in the gulf region vary dramatically, from capital resource intensive energy entities to logistics and sales. A common thread in the growth of Psychometric Testing is the increasing need to hire talent from an early stage, and from local populations.”
“We showcased this method of testing earlier this year at the Al Ain Education and Career Fair with an overwhelming response. Over the three day exhibition, we had four computer stations continuously occupied. Over 150 people took the test, and we expect that number to increase significantly at NAJAH.” added Barrett.
Visitors will be able to meet with specialised consultants, practice the tests, and receive a personalised report highlighting areas for development and help in evaluating the most suitable career path.
In addition to this, cut-e will offer visitors an opportunity to take an online video interview at the show. As a global hub, this type of technology is becoming more common in the region, where access to talent is spread across multiple locations and scheduling of interviews can be difficult. Visitors will be welcomed to record a video interview on-site, and gain experience in answering the types of questions that employers might ask a recent graduate.
“To have cut-e on-board once again is exciting, and offers visitors to the show a whole new aspect of career progression. This method of testing is becoming more integrated in to a company’s recruitment process, and to have the opportunity to practise this before going through the real thing would give anyone an advantage.” said Khurram Saeed, Exhibition Director, Al Ain Education & Career Fair.
Now in its eighth year, NAJAH in 2013 attracted nearly 15,000 visitors to the show, with 91% of them being either students or fresh graduates/professionals looking for undergraduate courses or career opportunities.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth & Development, NAJAH is supported by the Abu Dhabi Education Council and Dubai International Academic City.
Official sponsors for the fair are GHQ Armed Forces, Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, National Qualifications Authority, ALHOSN University, Be You International, Rabdan Academy, Emirates College of Technology and Berkeley Middle East.
More information about NAJAH can be found at www.najahonline.com