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THE VALUE OF PSYCHOMETRIC TESTS IN RECRUITMENT

  • Publish Date: Posted 5 months ago
  • Author: Michael Ball

For many organisations, psychometric tests play an essential role in the recruitment process. Used effectively, they can provide an insight into a candidate’s personality traits and behaviours providing would-be employers with information about their character, strengths, weaknesses, motivations and working styles which cannot be gleaned from a CV – or even interview – alone.

When adopting psychometric testing as part of wide-ranging recruitment strategy it is important to remember that these should not be used in isolation to make decisions on whether to progress with a candidate; there are no right or wrong answers, and an individual cannot be seen to pass or fail.

So, in what way are they beneficial to employers? Interviews, whilst useful in assessing candidates against specific characteristics, skills and attributes, are often subjective. A psychometric analysis can provide an employer with measurable and objective ‘data’ which they are then able to utilise effectively within the recruitment process - typically either in the very early stages to shape interview questioning or to confirm a final selection once the field has been whittled down.

The results produced from a psychometric test adds real value to an employer’s decision-making ability; they enable more accurate judgements to be made about, for example, how a person may gel with existing team members, how they approach leadership challenges, what their management style is to ensure the ideal candidate is selected.

These valuable insights are not just confined to the recruitment process; they offer ongoing opportunities for conversations around role development, career progression, job satisfaction and employee engagement.

There are potential pitfalls however, if such tests and their subsequent results are not administered or used correctly. For example, if an employer rejects an applicant because they do, or do not, display certain traits – say a particular approach to leadership - they may find that they inadvertently overlook an otherwise strong candidate for the role.

In addition, verbal reasoning and numerical assessments can also be a useful tool and enable employers to set candidates a minimum competency bar. As with psychometric tests, the maximum benefit is gained when the results of these are used to guide decision making as part of a suite of assessment methods.

Cost factors of such assessments can prove prohibitive for some; however, effective recruitment must be seen as an investment and when used as part of a robust, well rounded hiring process, the benefits can enable employers get the right people on board to reap some valuable rewards.

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