The Rise of Pre-Employment Testing

Pre-Employment Testing Darth Vader ThumbnailOver the past few months, you may have heard more and more chatter about the use of pre-employment testing in the hiring process. Not surprising.

According to The Washington Post, the number of companies using pre-employment testing to assess job applicants is on the rise.

According to a Washington Post article, Online tests are the latest gateway to landing a new job, “In 2013, more than a third of new hires reported taking such a test, compared with 18 percent in 2008”.

Many HR professionals, managers, and business owners are wondering, “Can pre-employment testing help me improve hiring decisions?”

The short answer? Yes. The longer answer? Read on to find out how.

What is Pre-Employment Testing?

Pre-employment tests are assessments used to evaluate job applicants to predict future job performance. There are 2 types of pre-employment tests: behavioral and skills testing. Behavioral tests assess job applicants’ cognitive ability, certain personality traits, and motivation. Skills testing assesses hard skills such as arithmetic or typing proficiency.

How Does It Work?

Ninety years of scientific evidence show that certain behavioral traits are strong predictors of job performance. To assess those traits among job applicants, pre-employment testing can be offered online or as a traditional pencil and paper assessment. When job applicants apply, companies have applicants complete a pre-employment test, which then ranks the applicants from best to worst. The best  practice is to assess all job applicants using an online pre-employment test instead of just assessing the finalists.

How Do I Choose The Right Pre-Employment Test?

Optimize Hire online pre-employment testing has been proven to help employers drastically improve hiring decisions and reduce the time spent on the hiring process by up to 90%.

We evaluate all job applicants on 9 behavioral traits including Cognitive AbilityPersonality, and Motivation to predict job performance. Optimize Hire scientific research is led by Dr. Adam Grant, the youngest full professor and top-rated teacher at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

To learn more about the Optimize Hire Pre-Employment Test and how it can help you improve hiring decisions, click here, or give us a call at 800.330.2020.

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