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Introduction and overview

The Values Based Recruitment Toolkit was developed with funding from the Disability Workforce Innovation Network, a project implemented with the assistance of funding provided by the Australian Government. The Disability Services Commission of Western Australia also contributed funding to the Tookit’s development.

NDS thanks the consulting firm Perquiro for designing the simulation exercises, writing the Psychological Assessments Module of the Toolkit and general input. We acknowledge Covocate.com for making its assessment tool available for trial use on a complimentary basis by the NDS membership. We also acknowledge the generous contribution of disability service organisations and disability advocacy groups in WA and elsewhere and all who have given their input and feedback to drafts of the Toolkit. Particular thanks go to the Chair and members of the NDS WA Workforce Sub-Committee.

Toolkit introduction

A summary of key concepts behind VBR, values that demonstrate a commitment to person-centred practice, and information about embedding values into all human resource management practices

Involving people with lived experience

Tips and suggestions about effective ways to include people with disability in VBR and selection. This module includes models of involving people with disability in recruitment processes.

Using a values based approach in interviews

The inclusion of values in different interview techniques: structured, behavioural, situational or scenario based and phone or video interviews.

Using a values based approach in psychological assessments

A description of types of psychological assessments and ways to implement them in VBR.

Using a values based approach in simulation exercises

A description of behavioural simulation, or ‘day in the life’ activities.

Using a values based approach in assessment centres

A guideline on combining multiple assessment approaches outlined in previous papers into a group assessment centre.

Using a values based approach for reference checks

Recommendations for maximising the predictability of information derived from reference checks.

Question Bank - Behavioural interview questions

Several NDS-designed tools are available to use in implementing the VBR approach. They are:

Individual Simulation Exercise: Peer Meeting

  • Administrator and Assessor Guide
  • Assessor Rating Form
  • Role-Player Guide
  • Candidate Guide

Group Simulation Exercise: Community Fair Group Meeting

  • Administrator and Assessor Guide
  • Observation Form and Assessor Rating Form
  • Candidate Guide

Using a Values Based Approach in Assessment Centres

  • Templates
Contact information

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