Amidst all the buzz over the advent of “big data,” HR departments are increasingly focused on using data to improve their talent acquisition strategies. In our particular business—developing pre-employment assessments used by businesses to help inform their hiring decisions—we are seeing an increasing willingness on the part of employers to adopt evidence-based hiring tools. The goal of all this is simple: better hiring results, or in other words, improvements in quality of hire (QoH).
Cognitive aptitude tests are some of the best tools for predicting job performance. In fact, one of the best known reviews of research in the field of employee selection demonstrated that cognitive aptitude tests are far more predictive than some of the most common hiring criteria – they are twice as predictive as job interviews, three times as predictive as work experience, and four times as predictive as education level.*