Having a well written CV and seeming confident in a face-to-face interview isn’t enough to get a job anymore. The high costs of bad hires and high turnover rates have made it clear for companies that they need to hire better.
Finding the most suitable candidate for a specific position requires companies to innovate in the way they screen, assess and select candidates so they can drive an evidence-base recruitment.
Personality is a scientifically-proven predictor of job performance and assessing a candidate’s behavioural tendencies in a work environment allows recruiters to understand if a candidate will, in fact, be a top performer and if he will fit the culture of the company.
A personality assessment beats the traditional methods of gathering information and provides recruiters with objective insights that significantly improve the candidate selection.
Here are 5 reasons you should use personality assessment to improve your recruitment:
Rely on objective data to make better hiring decisions. Personality assessment provides you with standardised, useful insights regarding how candidates behave in a work context and predict job performance and company fit. By using this data to identify and hire the right candidate you’ll also improve overall productivity and effectiveness of your teams.
Unlike CV analysis or face to face interviews, a personality assessment allows you to accurately assess important personality traits of the candidate like openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and stability and various characteristics such as sociability, need for recognition, leadership orientation, cooperation, consideration, dependability, efficiency, even-temperament, achievement striving, self-confidence, abstract thinking and creative thinking.
Using personality assessment to screen candidates early on significantly improves your selection process. When well combined with CV analysis and, later on, with the in-person interview, the personality assessment is an important evaluation element in the recruitment process. Applying it at the beginning of the process, and not at the end, helps to screen out candidates that are not a good fit at all. This makes it easier for recruiters to focus only on the most promising profiles throughout the selection process and to identify and hire the best talent at the end.
Research shows that well developed personality assessment can successfully predict employee performance across the wide range of job categories. What you are looking for in a candidate may vary depending on the department or industry you are hiring for. For hiring senior level executives you’ll probably want to assess overall personality traits, but if you’re hiring a waiter maybe you’ll be specifically interested in personality traits like sociability or conscientiousness.
However, no matter what the traits you’re more interested in, if you use a normative personality assessment like the PCI, it’s possible to quickly compare candidates’ scores, which helps not only individually assessing a candidate, but also to compare him with all the candidates competing for the same position.
As important as hiring the right candidate, it’s crucial for companies to retain talent and reduce turnover. With personality assessment, you can screen candidates more efficiently for aptitude and personality and assess whether a candidate is likely to stay in the role and fit in with the company culture.
To assess if candidates are fit for a position, there are many factors that can be considered such as passion for learning; overall ambition; ownership and initiative; empathy; communication skills; critical thinking skills; collaboration skills; honesty; motivation; curiosity; etc. Screening for these skills during a standard face-to-face interview can be extremely difficult.
Employees that aren’t the right fit for a job will eventually underperform in terms of engagement with the role and productivity and, thus, are more likely to leave. And as you well know, replacing a bad hire can be very expensive and time-consuming. But using personality assessment in your recruitment can reduce costs on hiring and training costs by providing you with data that will help you hire the right people for a position the first time.
Using personality assessment can increase the legal defensibility of your recruitment process. Of course, you must follow the same guidelines as any other hiring selection method (including resumes, interviews, etc.), which means that this kind of assessment is completely legal to use as long as it is job-related.
If you employ a well-designed and reliable assessment in your recruitment, you’ll add a layer of legal defensibility to the process, given the fact that they provide employers with objective, scientifically validated predictors of success in a job, in opposition to other subjective hiring methods. These actually gives companies a chance to better defend their hiring procedures if someone questions their hiring process legality.
For all these reasons, here at skeeled we promote the use of PCI as a pre-employment test to assess candidates' personality traits during the recruitment process, so that companies have a better understanding regarding how a candidate's personality can influence job satisfaction and performance and find the right candidate for a specific job.
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Your team here at skeeled