The Essential Role of Assessments in Hiring Great Talent (Part 2)

In the previous blog post, we shared some perspectives about the importance of job performance assessments and three primary benefits. This article looks at two more reasons we recommend assessments, as well as what to look for in an assessment tool.

Reason #4: Assessment can be used to Inform Training and Development

Many organizations continue to approach training and development with a “one size fits all” approach. By using the results of assessment to focus development on the areas where job-specific improvement would provide the greatest results, companies can use their limited resources more effectively.

Reason #5: Assessments are Objective

The objective nature of assessments allows companies to more effectively place people intro jobs where they’re most likely to succeed. Assessments also help reduce the influence that people’s subjective beliefs may have on hiring decisions.

So, what are some of the characteristics of a highly-effective assessment instrument? It’s important to note that personality assessments, which can be effective in determining team roles and culture fit for employees, don’t measure the factors that relate to specific job performance.

Job performance assessments should focus on comprehensive behavioral competencies and employee engagement factors, backed by deception proof technology. A complete research database of success traits for different position types should be included, along with the ability to customize the questionnaire to an organization’s values or specific job requirements.

A strong job performance assessment can yield a high level of predictive accuracy for a candidate’s likelihood of success. The results give interviewers a new set of tools to transform the interview into a genuine discussion about the person’s real fit for the job as well as their likely level of job satisfaction. Combining this information with good behavioral interviewing skills will vastly improve the hiring process and identify exceptional candidates. TalentBridge HR Advisory offers a number of different types of assessments and other Talent Management services to help you build and support your staff.