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Psychometric Assessments – The Hidden Weapon In A Recruiter’s Arsenal?

Guy Thornton April 01, 2018

The term ‘psychometric test’ has a bit of an unfair reputation. The name itself implies that it is going to be something stressful and hard-going to complete, while most people who know a little about workplace testing may also realise that they are used to assess a person’s abilities.

Nevertheless, this does not make them a bad thing. In fact, quite the opposite. Especially when you consider that they are already being used with great success in a range of large-scale organisations. Take Fortune 500 companies as an example. Around 80% of them use some form of psychometric assessment during the recruitment process. Coincidence? We think not. So, what do psychometric assessments help your HR division to achieve?

Secure the right talent for the job

Most organisations deploy their psychometric assessment tool at the very beginning of the hiring process. Why? Well, when you consider quite how many applications some businesses may receive for roles, it can be quite difficult and time-consuming to narrow down the candidate list. This is where psychometric testing comes in. By analysing cognitive and behavioural results from psychometric testing, you can weed out the candidates that are most likely to be unsuitable and put the right ones through for the later rounds of the hiring process. In short, psychometric testing could save your organisation’s resources in the early stages of the hiring process. It will also make it easier to find the right talent for the job.

Creates consistency in the hiring process

Consistency is an essential ingredient in any recruitment strategy. Psychometric assessments remove the impact of any temporary factors, such as mood and emotion, that may cause inaccurate interpretations of a candidate at a face to face interview. By using the same psychometric assessments for every round of recruitment, you will ensure that you choose candidates who have the right personalities, behaviours and capabilities to blend seamlessly into your organisation. Consistency also makes the hiring process much easier. It does this by helping you to identify what has and hasn’t worked in the past, which can help prevent you from making the same mistakes in the future.

Adding value to your recruitment process

Ultimately, psychometric assessments are an incredibly useful way to add value to your existing recruitment process. Not only will psychometric testing help you get the right candidate for the job, but it will do so in a more streamlined and efficient manner. Better candidates for less time and money? Can we get a hell yeah!

Guy Thornton April 01, 2018

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