What to consider before implementing a new employee assessment

What To Consider Before Selecting an Employee Assessment

Employee assessments boast decades of use in organizations across the world. For companies that view their human capital as their largest strategic advantage, assessing candidates is commonplace, both before they’re employed and at multiple points throughout their tenure.

The most popular use of assessments may be to help clarify hiring decisions for job candidates, but they’re also used for assessing employee engagement, cultural alignment and more. Companies facing challenges in such areas often turn toward assessments to establish baselines or measure the success of new initiatives.

Before launching a new assessment, some crucial elements must be considered to ensure success.

The following is an excerpt from the whitepaper, Three Questions to Consider Before Selecting an Employee Assessment.

Is The Assessment Is Measuring the Right Things?

In most organizations, job aptitude is analyzed through resume screening, traditional interview questioning, and sometimes in the form of skills testing. While candidates may be deemed qualified to execute a job based on these methods, hiring managers often find that other “fit factors” actually drive success on the job.1

And it’s these nebulous factors contributing to an employee’s performance that leave hiring managers vexed. As a result, companies often turn toward assessments for help in identifying another element that assures a new or existing employee is right for an open job opportunity.

Such assessments may claim to:

  • Screen applicants for personality
  • Compare an employee’s values and level of conscientiousness to those the organization deems important
  • Capture an employee’s engagement at the organization in real time, and so on…

But is that really what companies should be measuring?

Executives are well aware that implementing a new assessment process takes careful thought, planning and time. However, equal—if not more emphasis should be put into selecting an assessment that predicts successful outcomes. Implementing a new assessment is a common project assigned to Human Resource departments. But building a solid strategy for what needs to be measured is the most critical part of the process.

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To read more on what to consider before selecting an assessment, download the full whitepaper: Three Questions to Consider Before Selecting an Employee Assessment.

1. Josh Bersin, “The datafication of HR.” Global Human Capital Trends 2014. Deloitte University Press, March 7, 2014