So, you're interested in using employee assessments at your organization, but you still have some questions, right? That's understandable. Implementing employee assessments can be a big step, but an important one. It might seem a little overwhelming, but I promise it's not. Plus, it will be totally worth it in the end.
There are so many obvious benefits of using assessments. For example, employee assessments can help make your life easier by narrowing down your candidate pool. They can help screen out the candidates who really would not be a good fit at all for your organization. Assessments will also ensure that your hiring process is legally defensible.
What about the less obvious benefits of pre-employment assessments? There are plenty of those too, but here's what I think are the top five:
Honest - Candidates are more honest on assessments than when talking to you. It’s true, not everyone likes to tell the truth in an interview about their prevalence for absenteeism, anti-social behaviors, or theft but they’re more likely to admit to these behaviors on an assessment. That probably sounds surprising, but it's true. Plus, just in case, we do have ways of detecting fakers in the assessment process.
Objective - Assessments are more objective than you are. We are creatures hard-wired for social interaction. This means that we all (to some degree or another) have subconscious preferences and attitudes towards different types of people. An assessment won’t tell you if your candidate’s a snappy dresser, but it can tell you about work-related competencies that correlate to success on the job.
Flexible - You shouldn’t pigeon-hole an assessment. You may be used to using pre- employment assessments only for entry level positions or for manufacturing jobs, but assessments are being used in a wide variety of industries and positions. The nurse who takes your temperature or the Vice President of your division may have been selected using an assessment designed to assess their personality, business acumen or even their safety orientation.
Multi-lingual - Assessments can speak your language. With proper development and testing assessments can be translated into any language while still measuring the same competencies. What’s more, research has found that candidates have similar reactions to assessments across different cultures and countries.
Culture - Pre-employment assessments can share your vision. They can help shape your culture. Is innovation important to your company culture? Would you like to bring in new employees that can function in a fast-paced work environment? Your selection assessment can measure those competencies that are critical to the success of your organization and decrease the number of candidates that aren’t going to contribute to meeting your organizations vision. If you're interested in learning more about how assessment can shape culture, check out this webinar we recently put on with Sears: Driving Culture Change with Pre-Employment Assessment at Sears.
Being as passionate as I am about assessments, I could go on-and-on about the benefits. Those are just my top five, but what do you think? What other benefits do you see from using employee assessments? Let me know in the comments!