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Key benefits of psychometric testing in recruitment

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Why psychometric testing is vital for recruitment when dealing with many job candidates

Make better hiring decisions with psychometric testing

Are you wondering what the advantages are of using psychometric testing for recruitment?

Psychometric testing provides insights into a candidate’s abilities, personality and values, and can help predict their behaviours and motivations, job and culture fit, and performance in a role. 

Psych testing can also highlight areas of concern, minimise bias and significantly reduce recruitment costs by screening out bad hires.

With so many benefits to using psychometric testing as part of your recruitment process, why wouldn’t you want to use it?

Here’s why you need to be psych testing candidates

Watch the video to understand why you can't afford to NOT be using psychometric testing, both for hiring new staff and for effective employee development.

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Why do people use psychometric testing?

Hi, Andrew from SACS.

Why do people use psych tests?

Well, there are typically two purposes that psych tests are directed at.

The first is recruitment, to make sure that we’re recruiting the right people.

The second is development, to make sure that we understand people well enough to help them develop.

But whether the purpose is recruitment or development, the main reason people use psych tests is pure evidence.

Ensuring success in recruitment

We call this diagram the League Ladder of Recruitment Predictiveness (refer to the video), and it’s a summary of research into what predicts most accurately in recruitment.

The way this works is that this thing called validity is in fact a correlation coefficient.

The closer the correlation coefficient is to zero, the less accurate the recruitment method is.

And you’ll notice that there’s a bunch of things here, like references, job experience, interests, years of education, graphology, by the way, is handwriting analysis, and age.

All of those are really weak predictors of success at work.

If you look at the most successful predictors at work, things like cognitive ability and integrity testing, you’ll notice that the bulk of the top 10, all but one in fact, are some form of assessment.


Human being are terrible at abstract decisions

Well, human beings have enormous difficulty making decisions on such abstract things as to whether a person is likely to fit in to a workplace or not, or whether they’re likely to succeed or fail in particular jobs.

So whether you’re going to recruit somebody or whether you’re going to promote somebody, one of the most powerful things that you can do is understand their psychometric makeup, how smart they are, what’s their personality like, what are their values?

In effect, that gives you a real head start in understanding their style and also their interpersonal relationships and their capacity to achieve goals at work.

The advantage that psychometric testing gives you

So psych testing gives you an advantage.

Now, if you’re considering promoting somebody, knowing what their characteristics are allows you to build a really effective development plan in order to help them to be able to rise up to the challenges of the next job.

That’s why people psych test at work.

If you want to know more about this, get in contact with SACS, click on the link near this video or make direct contact with us, and we’ll provide an opportunity for you to have a free trial of psychometric assessment so that you can find out how it fits in your organisation.

Discover Our Psychometric Testing Tools

Increase the accuracy of your recruitment decisions by up to 40% using psychometric assessments.

Psychometric testing predicts work outcomes, including:

  • Likelihood of success & failure at work
  • Counterproductive work behaviours
  • Occupational health and safety issues
  • Attitudes towards diversity

All of our psychometric assessments are based on research and backed by science.

See how SACS psychometric testing can enhance your hiring process and your existing workforce.

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Andrew Marty

Managing Director at SACS Consulting

Andrew is a qualified psychologist who has over 25 years of human resource management consulting experience, including extensive senior executive search and selection experience.

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