About Plum

Plum is a cloud-based pre-employment assessment solution which assesses candidates on their problem solving abilities, behavior and attitude, and social intelligence. Hiring managers select the most important qualities required for each role through a short role analysis survey, and Plum uses its inbuilt algorithm to calculate a role match score for each applicant based on their assessment responses and the output of the role analysis.

Plum’s Problem Solving assessment evaluates candidates’ capacity for logical thinking and their ability to solve new problems, using questions which require candidates to identify relationships and patterns. The test is designed to estimate each candidate’s ability to acquire new knowledge and solve work-related problems. The Personality Inventory test assesses 10 character qualities - assertiveness, compassion, openness, politeness, enthusiasm, self-regard, stability, orderliness, intellectance, and industriousness - designed to provide a comprehensive analysis of the most important temperament, traits, and dispositions of candidates. The test was developed with a forced-choice methodology, preventing candidates from increasing scores for all traits by falsely reporting their character traits.

Plum’s Social Intelligence test evaluates candidates’ individual differences in understanding social cues and their ability to anticipate the impact that different actions may have on the feelings and impressions of others. In the assessment, work situations are presented and candidates are asked to select the most and least effective courses of action that could be taken in response to the problem from several different options. Scores for the three sections are calculated in percentiles and color-coded, with darker colors representing more exceptional scores. Users can create and apply thresholds and filters to identify optimal candidates, and results are accompanied by short descriptions of the significance of the score. Candidates can then be shortlisted and interviewed using the provided structured behavioral interview questions.

Key benefits of Plum

  • Hiring managers complete a short Role Analysis survey to indicate the most important qualities required for each role, and Plum uses this to calculate role match scores for individual candidates.

  • The problem solving test evaluates the ability of each candidate to solve new problems, think logically, and learn new job-related knowledge by asking them to identify relationships and patterns to determine the answers to questions.

  • The behavior and attitude analysis, or Personality Inventory, assesses candidates across 10 trait dimensions that make up the most important facets from the Five-Factor Model - orderliness and industriousness (from conscientiousness), self-regard and stability (from stress tolerance), intellectual and experiential disposition (from openness), enthusiasm and assertiveness (from extraversion), and compassion and politeness (from agreeableness).

  • The social intelligence test gauges individual differences in each candidate’s capacity to understand social cues and their ability to anticipate the potential impact of different courses of action on the others.

  • All scores presented on the dashboard are calculated in percentiles and color-coded to assist managers in identifying the most promising candidates.

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    Markets

    United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany

    Supported Languages

    English

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    Plum Match Scores give you deep insight into every applicant’s level of fit in the role, all in one place.  Each candidate in your database will have an easy to ready summary page, giving you a quick overview of their talent profile.
    Navigating to each individual talent's breakdown section will provide more detail and examples of key related competencies. Competencies can be even further broken down for insight into how these traits may surface in a candidate's role.
    Get your hiring team on the same page by defining the needs of any role in a 6-8 minute survey called the Match Criteria Survey.
    Measure applicants’ personality and cognitive ability with Plum’s Discovery Survey. We even give every job seeker their own talent profile – providing an awesome candidate experience.
    Empower employee-driven growth to prepare your people for new roles and stretch assignments using Plum’s individualized Talent Grow Guides.
    Discover a candidate’s fit within any role and prospect great candidates from your existing talent pool using Plum’s proprietary Talent Rediscovery feature.
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    Plum screenshot: Plum Match Scores give you deep insight into every applicant’s level of fit in the role, all in one place.  Each candidate in your database will have an easy to ready summary page, giving you a quick overview of their talent profile. Plum screenshot: Navigating to each individual talent's breakdown section will provide more detail and examples of key related competencies. Competencies can be even further broken down for insight into how these traits may surface in a candidate's role. Plum screenshot: Get your hiring team on the same page by defining the needs of any role in a 6-8 minute survey called the Match Criteria Survey. Plum screenshot: Measure applicants’ personality and cognitive ability with Plum’s Discovery Survey. We even give every job seeker their own talent profile – providing an awesome candidate experience. Plum screenshot: Empower employee-driven growth to prepare your people for new roles and stretch assignments using Plum’s individualized Talent Grow Guides. Plum screenshot: Discover a candidate’s fit within any role and prospect great candidates from your existing talent pool using Plum’s proprietary Talent Rediscovery feature.

    Features

    Total features of Plum: 5

    • API
    • Assessment Management
    • Pre-Employment Testing
    • Real Time Comparisons
    • Skills Assessment

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4,7 /5
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    Value for Money
    4,4/5
    Features
    4,3/5
    Ease of Use
    4,5/5
    Customer Support
    4,5/5

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    Joshua (grades) O.
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    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Fastest, the most accurate psychometric tool to date. Our organization did extensive research.

    Reviewed on 2018/07/17

    Ability to pinpoint the exact types of personality for our team' desires. Timeline to shorten our...

    Ability to pinpoint the exact types of personality for our team' desires. Timeline to shorten our screening process with 1000s of resumes.

    Pros

    The ability to save exponential amounts of time on screening candidates for our roles. The ability to understand humans more and more after reviewing their profiles.

    Cons

    The length of time can be challenging for some people but as long as it's presented properly, it shouldn't be an issue. A lot of the competition have 2-3 hour tests while this is 30-40 minutes.

    Devon L.
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    • Used Monthly for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    We use PLUM for a stepping stone in our hiring process and it is a very helpful tool!

    Reviewed on 2018/04/27

    The biggest benefit is to filter out 10s - 100s of candidates to fit a particular style of work...

    The biggest benefit is to filter out 10s - 100s of candidates to fit a particular style of work that you are hiring for. It is a huge time saver for that feature alone.

    Pros

    - Behavioral Analysis is great to filter candidates
    - Building an ideal candidate profile
    - Easy to sort through and determine which candidates are a good fit
    - Simple to use for the potential candidate

    Cons

    - Monthly pricing doesn't seem right for this type of software. A per-job pricing would be ideal for the way that we use it.
    - Account management is simple, but seems lacking on a few features
    - It would be nice to have another section or custom sections for different stages of the interview process rather than just "shortlisted" and "hired"... Many candidates go through several stages of the interview and sometimes want to keep track of that.

    Response from Plum

    Hi Devon - thanks for this feedback, and for making Plum part of your hiring success!

    We've listened and added 3 new stages to our next release - Applied, Shortlisted, Interview, In Progress, Disregard, and Hired are all around the corner. For many of our customers who use an ATS we conform to - and integrate with the stages used here, to ensure a streamlined process across platforms and team members.

    To see the best value with Plum we encourage you to have any and all applicants take the assessment - whether or not you have an open requisite or job criteria. This will highlight rockstars in your talent pool, and give you a sourcing headstart when a new job is posted.

    Dawne A.
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    • Industry: Pharmaceuticals
    • Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    Useful assessment tool

    Reviewed on 2018/10/16

    Pros

    ability to assign candidates to different jobs

    Cons

    template incompatibility with our email software

    Norrie D.
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    • Industry: Information Technology & Services
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Plum is integral to our HR process. We do not even entertain meeting unless they have done a...

    Reviewed on 2017/05/16

    Pros

    It works. It is simple to use and it helps guide you towards what your criteria (soft skills) are for each role you are recruiting for.

    Cons

    The only thing that I can think of is the reporting is a little light as in numbers of people completed the assessment for the role, and how they scored. Printing role profile information is cumbersome

    Brian K.
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    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Gives us another perspective on how a candidate will fit into each role, and our culture.

    Reviewed on 2018/01/03

    Another tool to assess culture fit within our organization.

    Another tool to assess culture fit within our organization.

    Pros

    Multiple users able to create assessment criteria. Easy for the candidate to use. Gives the candidate a small report for completing.

    Cons

    Could improve the navigating/search functionality on the admin end. Detailed reporting available for each position would also add value. Wording on assessments can seem a little harsh when a candidate scores low. Interview questions are generic and guides are not auto generated, requiring extra admin work.

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    Plum FAQs

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    Plum offers the following pricing plans:

    • Pricing model: Subscription
    • Free Trial: Available

    Unlike many other assessment providers, Plum uses a per-hire costing model. This means that you pay based on how many hires you will make within a year. This is very different from the traditional pay per candidate model, which charges you for every individual who completes an assessment. At Plum we believe you should have actionable, data-driven insight for all of your candidates - and our pricing model supports this notion. Since you aren’t restricted by per candidate pricing, you can use Plum at the top of your hiring funnel and measure your entire talent pool - allowing you to mitigate bias, streamline your process, and make better shortlisting decisions.

    Plum offers the following features:

    • Applicant survey
    • Assessment of current employees
    • Behavior & attitude assessment
    • Candidate comparison
    • Candidate profiles
    • Data-based applicant matching
    • Employer survey
    • Gap analysis
    • Hiring assessment
    • Online testing
    • Problem solving assessment
    • Role match scoring algorithm
    • Role-specific behavioral profiles
    • Shortlisting
    • Social intelligence assessment
    • Structured behavioral interview questions

    Plum has the following typical customers:

    Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

    Plum supports the following languages:

    English

    We do not have any information about what devices Plum supports

    Plum integrates with the following applications:

    Greenhouse, Keka, MPP BI

    Plum offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support

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