Assessment Outcome for Traineeship Candidate
Case Study 1: Assessment outcome for Traineeship candidate
For an Australian Government Department’s Indigenous development traineeship program, the Q Test is applied along with other academic, aptitude and behavioural assessments as part of their two-week pre-program assessment process.
A young indigenous candidate for this program, had results across many of the standard language-based assessment measures at lower levels, but his Q Test result was very high. In addition to a high Q Test result, this candidate displayed levels of leadership amongst his peers.
At the completion of the two weeks assessment process, the relevant selection panel members discussed future prospects with this candidate. Based on his Q Test result, they were able to offer him participation in the traineeship, and also a potential pathway to their higher level professional training at the completion of the traineeship pending his traineeship results. This lead to a very emotional response by the candidate, along with comments that this was the first time anyone had given him a real opportunity or meaningful pathway.
With the first day of his participation in the traineeship, the candidate arrived with a very positive attitude, clean shaven, all clothes ironed and wearing a new watch. “I’m going to be 5 minutes early for everything!” he said with great pride when some asked him about his new watch.
Feedback from one of program’s selection panel members regarding the Q Test is, “The Q Test doesn’t tell us that people can start our Program. It tells that that they can finish and also where they can potentially head after that!”