Using career aptitude tests is the best way to help predict which candidates are the best fit for your company. Pre-employment aptitude tests can be tailored specifically for the job you are trying to fill, targeting exactly the traits that best match the job or the traits found in previous successful holders of the job. These may be traits that won’t be visible on a resume or during an interview, so testing can help you select the best candidate out of the applicant pool.
In addition to personality traits, a good aptitude test will look at a job candidate’s mental abilities, including cognitive ability and skills with logical thinking, conceptual thinking, abstract thinking, comprehension, and spatial relations. The results can be analyzed to show you the applicant’s strengths, so you can determine how he could best be placed in your company. The test results can also help you determine who would be a poor fit (you might not want someone with low math skills handling money or low stress management skills working customer service, for example).
Administering pre-employment career aptitude tests can help you narrow the applicant pool to the top contenders before you interview anyone. At a time when technology has made it easy for jobseekers to apply for jobs, even those they aren’t qualified, an effective hiring process and employee screening system using career tests is a necessity to filter our high-risk candidates quickly.
An often overlooked opportunity resulting from using employee assessments is development. The test results show individual skills and preferences. With training, many employees can learn new skills that offset weaknesses or improve proficiency in administrative and technical areas.
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