Assessing Staff

recruiting employees
Tools available when assessing staff

Skills Tests

online skills tests

Personality Profiling

Personality Profiling Test, why personality matters

Situational Judgement Tests

verbal reasoning test, situational judgement test
the recruitment process
The cost of hiring the wrong candidate
Hiring the wrong employee can be costly. Employers who undertake tests when assessing staff make better hiring decisions. They have a more comprehensive overall evaluation of the candidate and are aware of the skill gaps

A bad hire costs a business an average of £8,200

21% of companies didn’t spend enough time to test candidates properly before hiring

Most companies underestimate the cost of recruitment by 90-95%

Using testing when assessing staff

Selecting the right candidates includes two main processes- shortlisting and assessing staff. It is a crucial stage in the overall recruitment process. A vast number of applications may arrive, many of which will be unsuitable in some shape or form. Selection is the process whereby you impartially reduce the number of applicants to a manageable quality candidate pool. Using testing you are able to objectively measure and select candidates based on their suitability of skills for the role. Evidence suggests that standardised tests or tests of cognitive ability are good predictors of job performance (Schmidt & Hunter 1998), especially for occupations that require complex thinking.

Testing can also be used as part of a training need analysis when looking at ways to develop staff.

Benefits of assessing staff

Skills Testing can help narrow out unqualified applicants and therefore distinguishing those who are truly talented for the job role. As a result you will be able to eliminate unqualified applicants, identify the high quality applicants and determine the training needs of individuals.

It helps you as the recruiter to establish an individual’s skill levels or capabilities and their behavioural preferences and removes the risk of solely relying on a CV.

Recruitment & Selection Funnel
Using pre-employment tests when assessing staff
The Recruitment & Selection Funnel demonstrates a typical recruitment process when utilising pre-employment testing. At the earlier stages, high volumes of candidates can be tested and sifted out in order to reduce the candidate pool size significantly, then at the later stages, the focus turns to selecting the best candidates for the role itself.
How Skillsarena can help when assessing staff
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    “Choosing Skillsarena was the best business decision we made, the system is slick and easy to use, our business processes are faster and I recommend the company when speaking to others about their recruitment problems”.
  • Knight Frank
    “Some of the benefits of using a Skillsarena testing package include its simplicity, the ability to use it remotely and of course its competitive pricing. Knight Frank is extremely happy with the service. Skills testing is a useful tool when setting apart candidates during the recruitment process.”
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    “Skillsarena was chosen because the assessments administered allowed us to track user actions in a simulated environment rather than simply offering multiple choice”
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    “Character DNA has been highly effective at ensuring we appoint individuals into the organisation that can contribute to our positive and engaging culture”
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