Anyone involved in the hiring process knows the regret of hiring the wrong person. The cost of making a bad hire can be incredibly expensive, but there are ways to increase your odds of hiring the right people. Pre-employment tests take some of the guesswork out of hiring by delivering objective data that provide insight into your candidates.
Today we’re releasing a new skills test for Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. After hearing a lot of customer requests for a PowerPoint assessment, we developed a test designed to evaluate the basic skills needed to succeed in a wide range of jobs requiring regular PowerPoint use.
Computer skills tests are popular amongst employers who want to make sure their job applicants are qualified to work with computers. There are many different types of computer tests used in the pre-hire process, including basic skills tests and micro-skills tests (i.e. specific tests on Excel, Outlook, Photoshop, etc.). But for many employers, computer knowledge seems universal, so they might feel inclined to forgo basic skills tests in favor of more software-specific tests.
The Big Five Model of Personality is one of the most established personality theories in psychology. The five pillars of this model are its five traits: Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Openness, and Stability.
For a lot of reasons, 2016 has been a contentious year. One development that’s less controversial, however, are all of the promising trends that are evolving in the world of HR. With Thanksgiving fast approaching, here are four of the hiring trends we’re most thankful for this year:
For some time, just about every industry was raving about the potential of Big Data – the process of analyzing enormous data sets to discover patterns and trends that can then be used to guide business decisions. In the world of HR, the discourse on Big Data became so prevalent that the term started to be used as a catch-all description for any type of predictive analytics in the hiring process. But long before the concept of “Big Data” took off, companies who favored data-driven, evidence-based hiring methodologies were using pre-employment tests to gather information on prospective employees. And while pre-employment testing may be an older, more established way of gathering data on job candidates, it differs in several critical ways (both ethical and practical) from Big Data.
Grit is one of the latest buzzwords in personality research, due in large part to the work of psychologist Angela Duckworth. In her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Duckworth argues that much of the success obtained by high achievers in life can be explained by a personality trait she calls grit, defined as a person’s perseverance and motivation to complete long-term goals.
As a pre-employment testing provider, we offer both general aptitude and personality tests, as well as micro-skills tests such as typing tests and computer skills assessments. We’ve written about some of the differences between general tests and more specific tests, and we’ve found that many people continue to have misconceptions about the profound differences between general and specific tests, both in terms of the science behind them and the types of results companies should expect from them.
The job market is filled with a diverse array of jobs suited for an equally diverse set of personalities. A sales associate probably won’t have the same personality as a software developer, nor should they. There are very few personality traits that are predictive of success across every type of position. However, extensive research has demonstrated that one personality trait is correlated with success in just about every job out there. That trait is Conscientiousness.