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The Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Using Assessments Today: Podcast & Tweet Chat #worktrends

March 3, 2017

PAN's Kimberly Howell and Kelsey Stephens were guests on an online podcast & #worktrends tweet chat with @TalentCulture's about The Top Five Reasons You Should Be Using Assessment Today.

You can listen to the live podcast, if you missed out, or follow the event with the hashtag #worktrends on Twitter to find out more.

The Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Using Assessments Today


When you’re hiring new employees and looking to build your next generation of rock star employees, talent assessments can be your most valuable tool in predicting success. Modern psychometric tools (read: assessments) can accurately measure total human potential, enhance overall productivity, reduce attrition, and reduce overall hiring costs significantly. Additionally, when HR practitioners and talent acquisition leaders champion the use of well-designed and executed assessment programs, it can help to cement their roles as strategic contributors to the success of their organization (hello, job security!). So really, the question should not be, “Is it time to incorporate assessments into our hiring process?”, but rather, “Why the heck haven’t we done this yet?!”.

To help further illustrate the importance of assessments and talent measurement, the PAN team has compiled the Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Using Assessments Today:

  1. DATA TRUMPS HUNCHES, ALWAYS. With the power of measurable data on your candidates at your fingertips, gone are the days of making a decision on a gut feeling or a hunch. Interviews – which are difficult to keep strictly standardized – can’t effectively be used alone in making hiring decisions.
  2. YOU CAN MEASURE THE WHOLE PERSON. Intelligence and prior work history are not the only factors you should consider! Assessments
    can provide a thorough understanding of the (4) important facets in seeking the right candidate for a particular role: Can Do, Will Do, Will Fit, and Can Lead.
    approach to hiring through the use of assessments, you can make a more fair apples-to-apples comparison between various candidates. Validation data can be used to make sure that the assessments you’re using are good predictors for success in a specific job.
  4. ASSESSMENTS YIELD A “PRESCRIPTION” FOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS. If you don’t fully understand an employee’s strengths and weaknesses in the beginning, how can you build a meaningful development plan or identify high potential and leadership candidates? By using assessment data collected during hiring, you’ll be ready to engage your new employees in a tailored
    development program.
  5. YOU CAN’T AFFORD NOT TO. It’s more than just the team’s morale that takes a blow when you hire or promote the wrong person. Studies show it could cost up to 150% of that person’s salary to replace them.

To learn more about building your own talent measurement program with assessments from PAN, request a live demo today.