What is psychometric testing and how can this benefit your company?
Often overlooked or considered an unnecessary expense, adding a component of Psychometrics into your recruitment process can prove to be a worthwhile investment.
Psychometric tests are a standard and scientific method used to measure individuals' mental capabilities and behavioral style. The tests usually consist of multiple-choice questions and will either be paper-based or computer-based tests.
The two main types of psychometric tests used in recruitment selection are:
• Aptitude/ability tests (Aptitude tests identify potential to grasp new skills. They measure ones natural ability to perform tasks where no prior specialist knowledge or skills are needed)
• Personality questionnaires (Personality questionnaires explore preferred ways of behaving. They measure how you relate to other people, and your ability to deal with your own and other people's emotions and the way you handle and solve problems)
The results of the tests can help you to understand the candidate’s abilities, motivations and personal working style. In addition, Psychometric tests also reveal how a candidate is likely to perform, how they handle stress, how they relate to customers, and whether they fit the organization’s culture. Using the information collected from the tests identify hidden aspects of candidates that are difficult to extract from a face-to-face interview.
Some skeptics believe that the psychometric test is not a good measure to assess their real abilities, personality traits, and suitability for the job. However, the psychometric tests are statistically examined, and are constructed to be objective and unbiased. This is done by using standard methods of assessment so that everyone is presented with the same questions and instructions for completing them. Psychometric tests have been proven to be very reliable in predicting candidates' performance, and in most cases the test report provides an accurate evaluation of the applicant.
Psychometric tests are not only valuable before recruiting a candidate, they are also an excellent tool for employers to know what motivates their employees and how they prefer to learn. You can then tailor your incentive schemes and training and development programs to ensure you get the best out of each individual, opposed to rolling out generic material which may not be the most effective. The result is a happier, more productive workforce that is sure to bring you returns in your investment.
Black Pearl has fully qualified staff who are happy to discuss with you how Psychometric testing can benefit your company and how we can add this valuable component into our services for you.