Psychometric Tests: Why they result in a better workforce

Psychometric tests should be an essential tool when any company is recruiting new staff or determining who really deserves a promotion.

Bad hires, people who aren’t up to the job and low retention rates are all reasons that companies can no longer afford to avoid the psychometric test in their recruitment process.

70% of companies that have more than 50 employees use psychometric tests when they’re looking for new employees.

These tests are multiple choice assessments that are designed to give you a real insight into a candidate’s skills, personality and attitude. Psychometric tests result in better hires because they reveal much more about a prospective employee than a CV or covering letter ever could.

They ensure that you know who you’re hiring and their potential for growth, even before they’ve reached interview stage, which is no bad thing when you have hundreds of people applying for one role.

Filtering at the click of a button

You only want the best for your business, but when you’re inundated with applications it can be difficult to work through them and give every candidate the time they deserve. This way, good candidates can get missed, or an average candidate gets hired and that’s not good for business.

Instead, psychometric tests are designed to ask the questions you need to know and highlight the candidates who have exactly the skills you require for this role. Once the assessment period is over, you’re left with a pile of eligible candidates who you know are up to the job.

Time is something always in short supply, especially when you’re running a business and the benefit of the psychometric test is that it saves you many hours of sifting through irrelevant CVs or interviewing people that simply aren’t up to scratch. This works for the candidate too because, if they’re not right for the role, they can move on and continue their search instead of holding on for an opportunity where there’s no potential for progression.

See what they can really do

With workshops, resources and a number of how-to guides available on how to create the most impressive CV, it is almost impossible to get a true picture of what someone is like from their expertly tailored résumé.

Interviews should be the way to overcome this, but even at this pivotal stage, a well-rehearsed answer or a quick thinker could impress in these ten minutes but not bring any long term value to your company. Equally, a quieter disposition, a bad day and nerves will all impact on how a candidate comes across and could result in you overlooking the ideal person.

The psychometric test removes this bias because there’s nothing apart from the results to judge the candidates on. You can’t see their gender, experience, age, qualifications or picture, making this decision entirely on their personality and skills.

Equally, when you’re recruiting for a specific role, the test can be tailored to match the exact job requirements to see whether candidates are suitable for the position. It is this filtering function that makes psychometric tests useful if you’re assessing your existing workforce because it takes your relationship out of it and ensures that everyone is up to scratch.

By highlighting the areas where the potential candidates excel and those where they have room for improvement, you can begin to plan training and work once you have hired the right person. This will help them to become an even better employee and ensure that the candidate you place is the right fit for the area they’re being hired for.

The benefits work both ways

It’s something that you hear time and time again, but the success of a business is reliant on those who work within it. Finding someone with extensive experience and impressive qualifications may be great in theory, but if they don’t fit within your company culture or can’t work productively with your employees, then there’s no point.

While you can find out a bit more about someone at interview stage, this is still a formal presentation and the psychometric test works because it is designed to get to the heart of who a person is, their values and how they’ll realistically work for you.

Getting the culture fit right is essential and must be an important factor whenever you’re hiring someone. If your employee is happy and in the right environment, then they’ll be much more dedicated to their job and work harder for you.

While the test does a lot of the hard work, you don’t have to worry that you’re leaving this decision entirely to an assessment form. Once the test has filtered through the results and produced a few ideal candidates, it’s up to you to meet them, see how they operate and decide if they’re the best fit for your company.

Hiring the best suited person for a role is essential, so why waste time finding someone who might fit into your company when you can pinpoint the right person exactly. If an employee enjoys their job, they’re more productive and happier at work, which benefits both them and your company.

This article is by Patrick Bell, Managing Director at Genesis Associates.