Have you ever made a bad hire? Most of us have. Wrong hiring decisions have high costs. Despite the negative impact around the office - there are hiring and onboarding costs, and time wasted managing poor-performing employees. One of the most common reasons for bad hiring decisions is that managers fail to give proper attention to the employee selection process.
In recent years, many organisations are investing in the use of employee assessments to both improve the efficiency but more importantly the effectiveness of the hiring process. Employee assessments are useful tools to ensure that you are giving the hiring process the time, objectivity, and analysis it needs. There are many different styles of assessments. When the right assessment is used correctly, they can be extremely helpful in employee placement.
Here are 5 ways employee assessments can help you improve your placement and recruitment process and avoid bad hiring decisions:
1. Helps you determine if a candidate is fit with the job
Job-fit is a concept that explains whether an employee's abilities, behavioural traits and interests match with the requirements of a particular job and work environment or not. Job-fit of candidates can be best achieved via employee assessments. Based on thinking styles, behavioral traits and interests they help you predict how a person will perform in any particular job. In a nutshell, you evaluate your top performing employees and create a performance model (benchmark), it’s like working out the DNA of your best people and using that to evaluate your prospective candidates against. Candidates of course are both internal placements and external hires.
2. Helps you optimise your hiring process
You can use employee assessments as a pre-employment applicant selection tool.
Imagine that you have to review hundreds of CVs per week, after a while they all look more or less the same and it’s a challenge to review them all and select those you wish to interview. The right assessments allow you to quickly identify those candidates that have the particular combination of cognitive, behavioural and interest/motivation attributes that have made your top performers so successful in their jobs i.e. job-fit – saving you expensive interview time with candidates that will ultimately wash out of the process (or worse still, might slip through and not be able to meet the demands of the position, costing you time and money later in replacing them).
Some people still get jobs because they are a friend or relative of an employee. When candidates are given priority due to their connections, hiring managers tend to be more lenient about making sure the candidate has the aptitude and skills necessary to do the job. Taking a pre-hire employee assessment benefits the company by avoiding a potentially unsuitable hires. It also keeps the candidate from accepting a job where he or she may not be successful
Do you know that most hiring decisions are made based on the subjective judgment and the feelings of the interviewer or the first impression of the interviewee to the interviewer? This usually results in bad hiring decisions which are manifested in an increase of turnover, ineffective working employees, and low employee engagement. Employee assessments identify candidates’ actual characteristics, behaviours and interests and help you predict whether the candidate will fit well viz. be able to do the job well and engage with the job and succeed in that role.
3. Helps you understand your employees to better manage and develop them in the future
Normally, it takes a lot of time for both the company and the manager to really understand their staff. Employee assessments can provide you the insight about your current employees and candidates’ characteristics, behaviours and interests, then you can utilise this information to best motivate and manage your employees as well as provide them with suitable development plans.
4. Helps you define if the candidates fit in the team
Not only is job-fit important, but so is team-fit. Employee assessments can provide you valuable information about how people are going to work together as a team to achieve team-oriented objectives and overall organizational goals. In addition, the assessment can also help the candidates themselves learn more about other team members, how they will interact with other members and the conditions under which they are most productive. The assessment will equip the team leader with strategies for not only addressing potential problems with an efficient and effective approach, but also for leading the team in achieving their highest potential.
5. Helps you predict how the candidate leads other people if they take the leader role
In case you are looking for a candidate for a leadership position, employee assessments can help predict their approach and behaviours in confronting challenges, and processing information as a leader.
Opportunity to learn and become proficient users of scientific employee assessments
On 10th September, 2014 at Pullman Saigon Center, HCMC, Vietnam, global assessment solutions provider, Profiles International South East Asia hosted Dr. Scott Hamilton - the father of Job-fit PXT assessment and other employees assessment in Vietnam to conduct a Certification Training Course.
Joining this Course, participant:
Got a general understanding about the job fit concept
Learned the science behind the Job-fit employee assessment ProfileXT and other talent management solutions to know how to use employee assessment in recruitment, training and development…
Learned how to build an effective evaluation system in HR (KPIs) for various positions; how to build standard models for critical positions; how to optimize human assets (for rotation, succession planning etc.)
Was trained to become a proficient user as well as attaining the International Certification from Profiles International Inc., USA.
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