The role of the modern day assessment
An international study of psychometric assessment that we conducted across 14 countries reveals that HR, recruitment and talent practitioners in 52% of organisations are now using online assessments to recruit, onboard and develop their staff. What’s interesting is that our study highlights that the role that assessment plays in organisations has changed dramatically.
Employers have been using psychometric tests in recruitment since the 1970s, predominantly to avoid the expense of hiring the wrong people. Because assessment was expensive, these early tests would typically be used near the end of the selection process.
Now, we’re seeing shorter, more customised and brand-relevant tests – including ability, personality, values and integrity tests and situational judgment questionnaires – used at a much earlier stage. These tests help to predict which candidates will fit the organisation and have the potential and the aptitude to be strong performers. They enable recruiters to reduce a large volume of applicants down to a smaller, more manageable number of people, in a way that is valid, fair and appropriate, using criteria that is relevant to the individual’s ability to perform in the job.
Assessments are also playing a role even before people apply. Realistic job previews give potential applicants a greater understanding not only of what the role will involve but also of the culture of the organisation. These tests help to manage the expectations of jobseekers right from the start and they discourage browsing candidates from applying for roles that aren’t suitable for them.