Hiring candidates is an important decision-making process as the candidates can impact the performance of the company. While CV evaluation and face to face interviews are standard recruitment processes, some of the critical competencies may not be amenable to such traditional assessments.
So, how do we ascertain the mettle of candidates before having them on-board? This is where psychometric tests become useful.
What are the psychometric tests? Well, psychometric tests are a method of gauging, analyzing, and measuring an individual’s mental capabilities, aptitude, cognitive abilities, attitude, and behavior. Besides, these tests assess the dominant personality traits, which help in determining the candidate’s suitability for a specific job role.
Simply stated, psychometric tests are a set of questions or problems that test a candidate’s aptitude and cognitive abilities along with personal attributes.
Originally the psychometric assessments were primarily used for recruiting for military positions. Because of their effectiveness, the leading organisations use the psychometric test as a part of the recruitment process for junior, mid-segment or senior-level positions.
Psychometric tests offer several benefits to employers and employees. These can be broadly categorized as follows:
1. Psychometric assessments save time and money
Recruitment is a time-consuming and expensive process. Psychometric tests can help in filtering the right candidates for the subsequent stages of the interview. The tests are particularly helpful when the competition is stiff with a large pool of eligible candidates and intelligent sieving is needed.
2. Employers get an insight into the candidate’s personality
Psychometric testing provides insight into the candidate’s personality and mods operand. The tests discern the true nature of the candidate. For instance, how well does the candidate perform under pressure? Is the candidate a team player or performs better when working alone?By gauging the results, employers can discern if a candidate is suitable for hire or not.
3. Flexibility for use at any stage of the selection process
Interestingly, psychometric testing can be used at any stage of the selection process. For instance, if there is a large number of eligible candidates, the test can be used to refine the shortlist to a more manageable number for the oral interviews.
Alternatively, the psychometric tests can also be used at the end of all the assessments, for making the final selection decision. This approach can save on costs as fewer candidates will need to be assessed.
4. A win-win situation for the employer and candidate/employee
Psychometric tests conform to a standardized process. All candidates are subject to the same test. Therefore, it is a fair process. Besides, the psychometric tests help candidates to evaluate for themselves if they are cut out for the job or not. It lends them insight into any of their strengths that they may not be aware of.
Psychometric tests can also be used for promotions, training and development. The tests provide employees with a better understanding of their strengths and areas of improvements vis-à-vis the job requirements. The tests can identify the training needs and support the process of developing effective training programmes.
Thus, both the employee and the employer gain from the psychometric tests
5. Helps protect and develop the culture of the workplace
Recruitment is not just about understanding if a candidate can do the job or not. It considers how well a candidate will blend with the organisation and its culture. For instance, a solitary worker may not gel well with a fast-paced organisation that requires extensive collaboration and teamwork.
Besides, the tests can help organisations create an ambiance to boost the candidate’s performance. Special arrangements can be made for the candidate. e.g. a creative designer who likes to work independently can be given a cabin to stimulate and boost the designer’s creativity and performance.
Thus, psychometric assessments help gauge the different motivational and personality attributes that can result in a healthy, progressive, symbiotic relationship, which eventually contributes to the success of both - the employer and the employee!