Imagine how it feels to win the lottery. You are elated that, with a little luck, you hit the jackpot. Many people view the hiring process in the same way – as a gamble. Hiring managers do their best to pre-screen candidates, and then go with their gut, selecting the person they feel is best for the job. Fortunately, there is a way to stack the odds in your favor when it comes to hiring the right person for a job – assessments.
It is critical to find people with the skills that are a good fit for the job requirements, and assessments can go a long way in preventing hiring errors. Test results provide powerful information that help a manager make a better hiring decision. This saves a company money and saves a whole department from the stress associated with hiring someone who is not a good fit.
Hiring the right person ensures that internal and external customers receive superior service and the department itself runs smoothly. By individually evaluating the skills necessary for a particular job, an assessment expert will advise which tests are most relevant for candidates to complete, manage the test-taking process and provide an analysis of candidates’ test results. When paired with skilled interviewers, pre-hire assessments can provide a helpful leg-up on hiring the best person for the job.
Following are a few tips to successfully incorporate assessments into the hiring process:
- Use the job description and the hiring manager’s knowledge to isolate the most important skills and behavioral traits of the job.
- Select a reputable firm with assessment practices you trust.
- Work with that firm to select the assessments that best fit your job openings.
- Evaluate your best value – purchasing tests, purchasing testing services from a vendor or hiring a thoroughly evaluated individual through an employment firm .
Remember that assessments are one tool in the hiring process. They should be used in conjunction with traditional candidate evaluation methods, not on their own.
Learn more about the assessments ManpowerGroup offers for all types of positions here. And if your area of focus is strictly in the Industrial, Manufacturing, Warehouse, or Transportation area, watch our brief video here.