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Pre-Employment Testing: 4 Reasons You Should Do It

Guy Thornton March 01, 2018

Pre-employment tests seem to be the norm nowadays. Everyone implements some version of one. Not sold on its merits yet? Believe it or not, there is a method to this madness. And you are doing yourself a disservice if you aren’t using pre-employment testing. They really do help your hiring process in the long run. You don’t need to guess why this is a good thing to implement.

Here are four reasons you should be using pre-employment testing.

1. Better Output

Ever wonder if you have enough information to make an informed decision? If you do pre-employment testing, you don’t have to. The results you get from the test are validated and predictive. What does this mean for you? It means that you can trust that your information is the best objective data you can receive about your candidates. If you are trying to find the best match for your company, these tests can help. There are different tests out there. You can use a cognitive test to find out if a candidate can actually do the job you are hiring for. While a personality test can tell you if they will be able to handle the position. Following that logic and hiring the best person for the job also results in the best possible output or productivity. Companies perform these types of testing for this reason. Finding the best match is better for everyone involved.

2. Streamline the Way You Hire

Hiring new employees is a drain on the company’s time and resources. And it’s a drain on yours, too. Sifting through hundreds of resumes for one job opening is time-consuming. Imagine if you are filling more than one position. Pre-employment testing, however, can make this process more efficient. No more time wasted trying to figure out who is qualified. With testing, you can filter out the best candidates. Especially if you do this early in the hiring process.

3. Employees Less Inclined to Quit

Do you have a high turnover rate? Pre-testing candidates can help with that. Continually re-hiring and training new people is a drain on time and resources. But, if you hire the right person for the job they are less likely to leave. You aren’t hiring someone incompetent. And they aren’t accepting a job that they can’t do. This type of employee retention will save you time and resources in the long run. And it certainly won’t hurt your company’s reputation when it’s known that employees don’t leave. Morale and loyalty from your workforce? What a shocker.

4. Defend Your Hiring Process with Methods That Will Stand up in Court

Occasionally, you may hear stories about how a company is under scrutiny for illegal hiring methods. This can be daunting and demoralizing for you as the recruiter. You can protect yourself by using pre-employment testing. How does it help? Well, pre-employment tests adhere to the same federal guidelines that oversee hiring process. In actuality, they can increase your legality. These tests are objective ways to sift through your candidate pool. The data you receive from testing is corroborated by science, unlike other subjective methods of identifying candidates. This comes in handy when your hiring practices are under scrutiny. This reason alone is worth the price of admission. But, saving time and resources also helps. Not to mention the relief you will feel from not drowning in a sea of applicants.

Guy Thornton March 01, 2018

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