Adults might think they left tests behind when they graduated from school.
But studies show most businesses apply work-force testing in some form, from simple skills assessments to complicated personality exams.
Statistics from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology show that 68 percent of employers use some form of job-skill testing, while 29 percent of companies administer psychological assessments. Twenty percent of businesses test job applicants and employees for their cognitive abilities, and 13 percent apply personality tests.
Experts say companies quiz workers to raise the odds of making a good hire.
“Managers are really frustrated by the error rate with hiring, and how expensive it is to hire the wrong person,” said Justin Menkes, author of “Executive Intelligence” and managing director of the Executive Intelligence Group, a recruitment consultant in New York. “It’s frustrating to work with people when you know you’ve blown it. Employers are trying to get accuracy and insight. They find that the hiring process can be a coin flip.”
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