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assessmentThe benefit of Assessment tests is quite enormous; all through the recruitment process, employers strive to get insight into various candidates’ data and profile using the traditional method of resume and interviews. However, these traditional methods of recruitment are no longer effective because research has shown that up to 78 percent of candidates resume contains lies and misleading information.

The best way to get reliable and objective job-related information from applicants is through the use of well-developed and validated assessment test; assessment tests introduces the primary element of objectivity into the entire hiring process and provide a concrete result that can be standardized across each applicant.

Assessment test can also be used dramatically to reduce the time spent by HR executives in going through applicants’ resume and conducting interviews while providing reliable and objective data that predict job performance and increase productivity at the workplace.

Benefits of Assessment Tests

Some of the benefits of assessment test include the following:

Higher productivity:  Research has shown that a well-developed assessment test can successfully predict candidate’s productivity level across a wide range of jobs; this is because assessment tests can objectively determine the extent to which a candidate has knowledge and skills to perform in any given job area. In addition, while cognitive aptitude tests determine how capable the applicants are in a given role, personality test shows how comfortable they are in a given role.

Cost reduction and increased employee retention: Assessment tests can also increase employee’s retention level by ensuring that new employees have the right attitude, personality, and temperament needed to feel comfortable with the type of job offered to them. It also ensures that employees are not sacked due to poor performance or the likelihood that they will quit themselves due to difficulty in carrying out the assigned role. 

Less time-consuming hiring process: Recruitment processes are naturally time -consuming; typically, it takes about 45 days to fill a new position. However, 50 percent of jobs posted online remain open for more than 90 days; this is because averages of 250 resumes are submitted for each online job posting. In addition, the growing number of applicant pools is making it quite difficult for recruiters to manage and identify the right candidates. However, incorporating assessment test in the hiring process can help streamline these processes and reduce stress on the part of the recruiter.  Assessment test also offers a time-saving option when administered at the top of the hiring funnel; this is because by ensuring that all applicants take the test, companies can weed out a lot of spam resumes.

Enhanced objectivity and increased legal defensibility: Apart from helping organizations improve their business processes, assessment test can also enhance objectivity, equitability, and legal defensibility throughout the entire recruitment process. In addition, it is vital to note that the same hiring process which governs other hiring methods like the use of resume and interviews also govern assessment test. According to the feral law guideline for recruitment, pre-employment tests are perfectly legal to use once they are related to the job, this is because assessment testing is governed by federal guidelines that are intended to ensure equitable and non-discriminatory hiring practices. It also augments legal defensibility by enhancing the objectivity of a company's employee selection procedures. 

Finally, the importance of assessment tests to every organization cannot be overemphasized. Apart from been the best way to get reliable and objective job-related information from applicants; assessment tests also help to enhance objectivity and increase legal defensibility, it makes the hiring process less time consuming and ensures increased employees retention while improving productivity.

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