9Gauge not only strives to build a team of A-Players, but strives to build an environment where team members truly feel we are the best place to continue their career. To help achieve that goal, 9Gauge leverages the Topgrading Interview Process. While intense and rigorous for both our team members who conduct the interview process, and those who elect to pursue a role on our team, we make this commitment to ensure we’re delivering on our goals.
At the end of the process candidates often have a good understanding of the company, including our commitment to our ethics and values, who their co-workers would be, what they’re like and the work expected for the position.Read more
Topgrading was used by Jack Welch at GE and a driver for the success so many companies today recognize by implementing this process.
Topgrading is the practice of creating the highest quality workforce by ensuring that talent acquisition and talent management processes focus on identifying, hiring, promoting, and retaining high performers (A-Players) in the organization at every level. It’s also the best practice approach for promoting, coaching, and retaining top talent.
Topgrading is a highly structured interviewing philosophy, designed to ensure that companies identify the highest performers (“A Players”). The process starts with extensive pre-interview questionnaires. While overwhelming for some candidates, Topgrading helps ensure those wanting to join our team are committed to not “just another job.”
9Gauge implemented this program years ago to resolve the issue of most job interviews performed are ineffective and/or redundant, and often turn off that candidate who might otherwise have been a great addition to the team.
It’s no secret that the cost of making the wrong hire is extremely high – often quoted as up to 15 times the salary of the individual. While that’s an unfortunate outcome for the company, it also impacts the employee, who now has to not only start their job search over but also has to explain why they didn’t work out at the company.