Why have assessment tests become so widely used?

  (photo credit: INGIMAGE)
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Assessments and tests may seem like a part of school life however, particular types of assessments have now become widely used in recruitment. Assessment tests, in particular pre-employment assessments, have become a very popular tool used by employers to determine the suitability of candidates for a role. Over the years this type of assessment has become more and more favoured by many large companies and organisations utilising these to determine whether a candidate possesses a wide variety of skills. With the growth of assessment tests, there are now a huge variety of different types to choose from. 

The reasons why companies use assessment tests

Providing a simple and fast way to determine whether a candidate is suitable or possesses the skills required for the role they are applying for, assessment tests are incredibly useful tools for companies. Organisations such as CritiCall, Walmart, and industries like the medical sector and education sector use a variety of different types, or even their own versions of, assessment tests to screen job applicants. Below are some of the many benefits of using pre-employment assessment tests for a company. 

Pre-employment testing saves time 

One benefit of doing so is that it saves a hiring manager a lot of time. By pre-screening applicants before the job interview process, hiring managers can shortlist their candidates by simply reviewing their answers to a pre-employment test. This could be as simple as a quick math aptitude test or something more complex such as the Caliper test which is used to generate a personal profile of a candidate based on several factors. With such a wide variety of test structures available these assessments can be completed for entry-level roles through to managerial roles and highly-skilled positions. 

Examples of popular assessment tests include: 

  • Clerical Skills
  • Cognitive Ability
  • Computer Skills
  • Critical Think
  • English Proficiency

Simplify the lengthy application process and find the right fit faster 

As well as saving a hiring manager time and helping to simplify the hiring process, for larger companies this can help to sort through a huge number of applicants in the most efficient way. When you are the hiring manager for a massive company like Walmart, you should expect to receive hundreds if not thousands of applications a year. 

By placing an assessment test at the heart of the application process, you can efficiently withdraw applicants from your list based solely on the answers they give to the assessment’s questions. With today’s modern technology, this process can be even automated so you don’t have to look at a single application where the candidate didn’t pass the test. 

Assessment tests are not bias 

Plus, since these tests are standardized and questions remain the same for all applicants, they introduce an element of objectivity to the hiring process. By providing concrete, data-driven results, hiring managers can make better informed hiring decisions that don’t solely rely on the opinion and judgement of an individual. With this, they can also be more certain about the person they choose to hire, having the assurance that they possess the skills and/or knowledge required to do the job at hand. 

Improves employee retention 

By finding the right person for each role a company is hiring for, they will be much more likely to retain their employees. Ensuring that they are one, a good fit, but two, will enjoy the role and working within the company. With the assistance of a pre-employment assessment test, a hiring manager can pre-determine whether or not a candidate is likely to stick around and if they would be up to the tasks associated with the role. This determination prior to hiring a candidate means employee retention rates will improve, as a result. 

Save money and cut hiring costs 

Continuing on from this point, a company may also be able to save themselves the costs that are often linked to a high employee turnover. Where employees are a right fit for the role and the company as a whole, the less likely they are to let go or leave of their own accord. Reducing the employee turnover of a company will save on productivity losses, the slow down of work, the time it takes to hire someone new and save on money spent on the hiring process. Plus, some studies have shown that when replacing, even an entry-level position, costs a company about 16% of their annual salary. Not only will improving employee turnover help business costs but it will also work to improve the morale and productivity of your current team. 

In addition to the costs of hiring, once a position has been filled the usual training on systems may not be required since the candidate already has the knowledge required to complete the tasks involved within their new role. This will in turn save on the training and onboarding costs. 

The benefits of assessment tests for job applicants

As well as offering a number of benefits to hiring managers and companies, assessment tests can also be of use to the individual job applicant. 

The practice required before sitting an assessment test will allow applicants a chance to decide whether or not they have applied for a role that truly matches their skill set or aligns with their job requirements. Not only does this help an applicant save time navigating the hiring process of a job role they may not actually be interested in but also means they can learn a lot about themselves, their skills, and personality. This may help when it comes to improving their CV, future applications, and interview skills. 

The importance of assessment test preparation 

When planning to sit a test, assessment test preparation is crucial and a candidate should always have a good forward understanding of what’s going to be in store. The best way to do this is to practice! Online, there are plenty of helpful resources, example questions, and practice tests available to all types of candidates. By having an idea of the types of questions and how these are asked, candidates can be sure they are well-equipped to answer these in the best way possible. Taking a closer look at the hiring company, their values, and the industry they work in will also support the preparation process. 

This article has been written in collaboration with iprep.online