Did you know that there was a meta-analysis done by Fox School of Business Research Paper that found out that personnel selection procedures for general abilities test combined with an integrity test, which is correlated with personality traits, is one of the best combinations for accurately predicting job performance? And that is why more and more companies are using tools that can leverage their video interviewing process and the likes. And if your still doubtful, read on to know more about this new trend in the recruitment industry.
Why are more companies using online assessments?
Talent assessments are also what you would call a pre-employment tests or employment screening tests, and they are used to help employers identify candidates that will be a good fit for jobs available at their company. Tools like this help predict the on-the-job performance and retainability of a potential employee. So, in theory, applicants who pass the screening test should perform better as employees if they’re hired. And if you’re still feeling doubtful and have these myths about pre-employment assessments bugging you, here is a Select International’s list of myths about pre-employment assessments and how they debunked them.
Big companies use online assessments.
Talent assessments are playing a bigger role with bigger companies and they are being used as part of an online screening process that helps these big companies decide to ultimately interview. In fact, The New Economy looked into why employers value online assessments more than university degrees and learned that “ Employment tests do more than simply help employers spot candidates with the most potential… Their lack of bias presents a useful tool in the fight against discriminatory hiring practices.” And that’s just one of the few reasons.
Most talent assessments are now being given online, because it really is the most convenient way of doing it. And large companies such as Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Sears, Walmart and Burger King are already using pre-employment testing in their process.
How do online assessments work?
If you are applying to one of the companies that are already using online talent assessments, the entire hiring process leading up to interview is handled through the Internet. You should expect that the job postings are listed online, candidates apply online through the company website, and then take the talent assessment. Tests may even be hosted on a third party website. In such cases, you’ll be given instructions on how you can access the site and take the test.
There are even employers that use job simulations that are designed specifically to measure whether candidates can perform tasks associated with the job. A good example of this is if when an employer asks a staff member to role play scenarios with candidates to assess sales, problem-solving, verbal communication, or counseling skills.
How valid are talent assessment and outcomes?
It starts with the companies and how they come up with the job descriptions. They need to be detailed and well aligned with success factors for jobs will have the most useful output from talent assessments. Any type of assessment should be consistent and conducted in a standardized manner to generate reliable results. And there are certain ethical hiring standards that dictate that assessments be delivered to all candidates for a particular job and not applied selectively. In many cases, the company is looking for a certain type of employee that perfectly fits their organization structure.
Don’t decide too long on whether you should be using online assessment tools. Because according to iCIMS, The Modern Job Seeker Report, 2017, When searching for a job, people want to visit job search sites that allow them to instantly mark jobs of interest (54 percent), receive recommendations based on job preferences and resume (53 percent), and input salary requirements and enable employers to reach out directly (53 percent). That basically proves that everything is being done online now and that goes for recruitment as well.