Ensuring the right fit

Psychometric testing can take some of the guesswork out of hiring decisions
By Shawn Bakker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/28/2006

In spite of their best efforts, many organizations struggle with consistently finding and hiring successful job candidates. To make better selection decisions, organizations use a variety of methods including application forms, interviews and reference checks. But many firms are turning to a less traditional tool to help separate the wheat from the chaff: psychometric assessments.

Psychometric assessments help people understand and predict behaviour. They are scientifically designed to provide a standardized measure of a candidate’s general intellectual ability, work competencies and personality traits.

Employees vary widely in their productivity and psychometric assessments can help predict these differences. Using psychometric assessments can help organizations improve business performance through the identification and selection of effective employees. By distinguishing which candidates have the characteristics necessary to be successful, organizations can increase performance while decreasing training costs and employee turnover. While there are many different tests available, they can generally be classified into two broad types: ability and personality.