Predictive Assessments Give Companies Insight into Candidates’ Potential

By Dave Zielinski on SHRM

The popularity of pre-hire assessments is growing among companies that want more predictive accuracy in their hiring processes. The best of these tests go beyond screening past experience or education to measuring a candidate’s aptitude, fit or potential in scientifically validated and reliable ways, adding more rigor to hiring decisions.

The data support the growing appeal of assessments. According to the Talent Board’s 2016 Candidate Experience Research report, 82 percent of companies are using some form of pre-employment assessment test, and how they use assessments is evolving. Two types of popular screens are job simulations (54 percent of respondents are using these, according to the Talent Board study) and culture fit (51 percent using, a 22 percent increase from the Talent Board’s 2014 study.) While assessments once primarily were used for executive and mid-level leadership positions, today they’re commonly used for hourly and entry-level jobs…

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