Many companies today use some sort of test or assessment to help them determine if candidates are going to be successful in the job. Science has shown that the best of these hiring tests or assessments are more accurate at determining future job performance than the best and most experienced interviewers.
While they are often referred to as tests, these hiring tools are better called assessments since there is no passing or failing them. A candidate either fits the job or they don’t, but that does not mean they failed a test.
Here are several things to consider when shopping for a hiring test or assessment:
1. Does it comply with EEOC rules? Many of the most popular assessments do not comply with the ridged rules established by the EEOC. Using a hiring test that does not comply can put an employer at risk of being sued by an unhappy applicant.
2. Does the tool fit the time frame available? With test running from 10 minutes (like PI®) to several hours, it is important to choose one that fits the time that your candidates are willing to invest. Few applicants will sit for hours early in the hiring cycles.
3. Do you fully understand the output? Many testing companies have resorted to providing lengthily reports with little consulting or training to support them. If you are hiring using a tool that you don’t fully understand, you are at risk of using it improperly. This could be a waste of money, or worse.
4. Can you customize the results to fit your needs? It is important that the assessment test you use be able to be adapted to fit the specific job you are hiring for. Generic test tell you little about the candidates ability to do the job in question.
5. Can you use this test to hire people in a wide range of jobs? You don’t want to use 20 different test for 20 different jobs. The ideal assessment can be use across virtually all positions.
6. Does the testing company have a track record of bottom-line result? The only reasons to use a test for hiring are to reduce costs and increase performance. Any hiring test or assessment company you choose should be able to show documented evidence of a significant ROI for their clients.
Put us to the test. Predictive Index® fits all 6 of the above categories and more. We would be happy to demonstrate the assessment and share our ROI documentation with you before you make a decision on a hiring test or assessment.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-269-2299 for more information.