Pre Hire Testing

Written by Serena Berger
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Pre hire testing gives you an opportunity to avoid some of the costliest mistakes that managers can make. Sometimes the culprit is a hurried search--when someone in an essential position gives notice abruptly, two weeks might not be enough time to find a perfectly qualified replacement. Next thing you know, you find yourself selecting someone who's just okay to make sure that you don't have a problematic vacancy.

Other times, you may want to make a decision based on personality or a good interview, but that can ultimately backfire on you. Understandably, if you're choosing someone with whom to work, you want it to be a person with whom you think you'd be happy spending a lot of time; but someone charming and personable may be covering up for a padded CV or even giving you a hint that he or she will be more concerned with office gossip than work. Objective pre hire testing makes sure that even if circumstances might lead you astray, you'll have the information you need to make a hiring choice you won't regret.

Job Analysis and Pre Hire Testing

In fact, thorough job analysis is the first step to getting the employees that you want. Pre hire testing will ultimately reflect the conclusion of this job analysis, because you will have clarified exactly what skills and tools will be used in the job, to what extent, and how important each of them is. If you find yourself wanting to make an exception when you have a candidate who doesn't fit the profile exactly, that may still be your prerogative, but at least you won't be tempted without thinking about it seriously.

Once you know which skills are necessary for a given job, and to what extent, then you can bring in a professional service to make sure you have the most effective testing materials. With software or programming languages in particular, you can save a lot of time and effort by taking advantage of tried and true industry standards in office skill testing. With immediate scoring and analysis, this will keep you on track for finding the employees who will do the best work with and for you.


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