Media release | 4 September 2018
When the co-founder of Sydney startup company AbilityMap, Kevin Chandler, began researching recruitment practices 10 years ago he discovered the most qualified candidate was not always the most competent person for a job.
During his research he asked line managers to review their staff and discovered that on average 32% would not be rehired.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro said the research led to development and launch the AbilityMap platform with the support of a $25,000 grant from the NSW Government-backed Jobs for NSW.
“Jobs for NSW offers start-ups and small and medium sized businesses a range of grants and loan products to help them grow and create jobs,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Through Jobs for NSW, the NSW Government is making the smart investments needed to create the businesses and jobs of the future for the people of NSW.”
Mr Chandler said AbilityMap was one of the world’s first recruitment platforms to use technology based on objective universal competencies – not just traditional qualifications – to identify the best job candidates.
“We found that line managers seriously misjudged the actual competencies that high performers possess,” Mr Chandler said.
“We have developed our software using scientific methods to profile jobs and identify the attributes that candidates need for high performance in specific roles.
“AbilityMap creates accurate profiles for recruiters so they can screen large volumes of candidates and identify their fitness against the profiles of high performers.”
Mr Chandler, an organisational psychologist and co–founder of one of Australia’s largest recruitment firms, Chandler Macleod, started his research after retiring from the firm when he identified the primary cause of error in current recruiting processes.
At the time he was working with an indigenous colleague to improve placement rates for indigenous Australians.
“I was seeking a way to explain to employers that someone with low education and experience could still be good at their job, hence the focus on competencies.
“I found there was a mismatch between what competencies managers thought their employees needed and the actual competencies required to do the job well.
“AbiIityMap solves this by generating a list of soft skills and identifying the true competencies needed for high performance and ranking candidates against them.
“Jobs for NSW’s support helped us develop our platform and secure our first client, Frontline Recruitment Group. Now we are expanding here and in the US.”