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The Match Criteria Survey is a job analysis conducted in order to determine the behavioral requirements deemed important for success in a Job or Opportunity. The Match Criteria Survey allows you to set a Match Criteria that can later be applied to Job Requests or Map Opportunities.
Your Match Criteria Survey results combine with the results of Match Criteria Surveys completed by other Expert Contributors to determine which Talents or behavioral requirements are most important for success. These are the criteria that candidates are assessed against.
Here are the reasons why Plum uses a Match Criteria Survey to determine the behavioral requirements:
- It pools the collective wisdom of people who know the Job or Opportunity best. With the Match Criteria Survey, we are asking them to identify what a top and bottom performer look like at the behavioral level. Focusing on specific behaviors helps to remove the biases that often come into play during performance reviews.
- Flexibility to changing role requirements. It only takes about 8 minutes to complete a new Match Criteria survey when role requirements have changed.
- The level of specificity. Match Criteria can be specific to a unique case, within your unique organization. It doesn’t require large amounts of industry data or a large number of individuals within your organization to participate in an internal benchmarking study. There are over 38,000 different Match Criteria that you can create within Plum.
- It is supported by academic research. Academic research has demonstrated that assessments, where job criteria are determined by a job analysis (the scientific term for our Match Criteria Survey) are approximately 2X more valid than assessments where a job analysis is not conducted. Chapter 11 of The Handbook of Personality at Work (2013), authored by Plum’s Chief Research Scientist, Dr. Neil Christiansen, describes the research on this topic in detail.
- It is supported by Plum’s research. Plum worked with an organization to assess 407 employees across 6 different sales roles with our Discovery Survey. We collected job performance data for these individuals to conduct an internal benchmarking study, and also had at least 3 Expert Contributors complete a Match Criteria Survey for each role. We found that there was considerable overlap between the Match Criteria suggested by the internal benchmark and the Match Criteria Survey. Importantly, the employees’ Match Scores also correlated highly with performance (ranged from .26 to .80 across the jobs).
You have received an invitation to complete the Match Criteria Survey. It takes about 8 to 10 minutes to complete.
There are two ways to access the Match Criteria Survey:
1) You can click on the invitation link that you received via email to share your Expert Contribution and this will take you to the Survey directly.
2) You can also access your Match Criteria Survey from within the Match Criteria, in the Catalog:
i. Log into Plum
ii. Click on the Match Criteria tab on the top bar.
iii. Find the Match Criteria you are meant to contribute to, in the Catalog.
iv. Navigate to the Expert Contributors tab of the Match Criteria.
v. Find your name in the list of Experts and click on Start next to your email address.
On each page of the survey, you will be presented with a number of behaviors. You will have to choose two behaviors that are least important for success in the role, and two behaviors that are most important for success in the role. When answering the survey, focus on the behaviors and if they are important for the specific role.
Once you complete the Match Criteria Survey, your Match Criteria will appear. The top 5 Talents will be displayed in order of importance to success in the role.
In the Summary tab, your responses will be compiled with those of the other Expert Contributors in order to produce the Match Criteria for the given job profile or Opportunity. Plum finds patterns across your team’s answers, so you're getting the best of your team's expertise.