Critical thinking is a skill everyone needs. There’s hardly a job or task that doesn’t need it. That’s what makes the Watson-Glaser™ such a versatile ability test.
- Screen applicants for management positions. If you’re hiring a manager in any field or a C-level executive, they must be great thinkers first and foremost. This will save you money sifting through resumes and interviewing unqualified candidates that have great technical and people skills but lack the ability to make critical decisions or set a strategy.
- Predict performance. High Watson-Glaser scores correlate with good analysis and problem-solving skills, good judgment and decision-making, and good overall job performance. Critical thinking ability is more predictive of success than personality.
- Assess candidates for working virtually. Virtual workers make a lot of independent decisions and you want to make sure they are good at evaluating online information and accurately assessing situations without the advantage of being face to face.
- Know the abilities of your current workforce. Watson-Glaser scores can help you make promotion decisions, create development plans for high potentials, and see if a department has the make-up to tackle a new challenge.
- Hire better salespeople. Salespeople and customer service agents are entrusted with representing your company and products. Good critical thinkers are good at recommending the right product and thinking through all the issues before responding to customer complaints and questions.
- Become a thought-based organization. It may sound obvious, but you need to promote better thinking just like you promote honesty, hard work, and fiscal responsibility. Organizations that have good critical thinkers are laying the foundation for higher levels of innovation, problem solving, and creativity – the competencies that will help you create real value in your market.
This blog post was written by Breanne Harris and originally appeared here.