Case Studies

Brewers Distributing Interested in Candidates Who Fit

Brewers Distributing Company was established shortly after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, and is a wholesaler for Anheuser-Busch (A-B), the leading brewery in the world, with sales in excess of 16 billion dollars. Anheuser-Busch has a share of the market that is nearly 50% and produces or manages over 40 brands and a wide variety of packages.



The Challenge

Brewers Distributing Company expressed concerns about challenges of finding a motivated workforce and issues related to misguided hiring decisions based on interviews and job experience. The company felt it was missing a piece, and was having issues with turnover. The goals were to use a talent assessment strategy aimed at increasing retention and quality.

Assessment Strategy & Key Differentiators

DeGarmo recommended a combination of work style and culture fit assessments to measure person-job fit. This assessment platform is one of the most dynamic and sophisticated candidate profiling systems on the market. Through the use of an innovative competency weighting system, the system can evaluate an applicant’s alignment with critical requirements for any job, while the culture fit assessment gauges a person’s level of match to the organization’s culture. Candidates who successfully passed the culture fit assessment then proceed through a work style assessment measuring the competencies relating to successful job performance. Brewers’ representatives cited several features of DeGarmo’s platform as key differentiators that were innovative and unique including a best in class level of service, fee, and design.

Profile Build

DeGarmo’s platform offers customization driven by subject matter experts (SMEs) who independently rate the importance of key job behaviors to successful job performance. DeGarmo’s process is designed to understand the drivers of success (and failure) at the behavioral level, based on actual job requirements for individual positions. SME data can play a critical role in the scoring of talent profiles that drive effectiveness. The validation of a profile prior to activation significantly enhances the defensibility of the talent assessment system. Few, if any other assessment vendors, engage in this critical step. DeGarmo suggested the customization of a culture fit assessment to more objectively measure person-organization compatibility. DeGarmo’s culture fit assessment works by comparing Brewers Distributing Company’s importance ratings of eleven core “culture elements” – such as Achievement, Propriety, Interpersonal, etc. – to those of internal or external job applicants.

Assessment Impact

Results have demonstrated a meaningful impact for the DeGarmo assessment platform. According to Waddington “I have found it to be the MOST helpful with hiring internal candidates for promotions… I like using the assessments for another tool in the tool box.”

“Every step of the way, I was explained in great detail how it was designed, analyzed, and validated. Any time I have a question I receive a response promptly.”

  Waddington reported that other HR professionals have shared their experience and knowledge of DeGarmo’s expertise.

“I reached out to another HR professional for recommendations on talent assessment vendors and she recommended DeGarmo. Another HR professional validated DeGarmo’s origin and described the analytics behind the assessments.”

  She was also especially pleased with DeGarmo’s ability to customize to fit their unique organization, “DeGarmo is local and they can customize the assessment to fit the needs within the industry.”

About DeGarmo

DeGarmo develops and distributes innovative talent assessment and development solutions to help clients maximize revenue growth, productivity, and workforce stability. Our award-winning pre-employment assessments, leadership assessments, and training solutions have been delivered to millions of job candidates worldwide through our talent platform, or through integrations with major applicant tracking system (ATS) providers. More than 10,000 HR professionals have received HRCI or SHRM certification credits through DeGarmo’s webinars on critical HR topics such as talent assessment, interviewing, leadership, turnover reduction, and culture fit.

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