Using pre-employment testing is a preferred method for companies to make the right decision in the hiring process. By conducting various types of tests employers can evaluate the applicants’ skills and performance and determine whether they’re a good fit for the job.
Pre-employment testing is going to become an even more significant part of the hiring process in the future and here is what can be expected.
More job-specific tests
Job-specific tests can be particularly useful in the pre-employment screening of candidates with little to no experience, such as recent graduates and college dropouts. These tests asset the candidates’ potential to perform well at a specific job even if they have no previous expertise.
Even today the use of simulators is common (especially for coding jobs) and it’s expected to grow even more in the near future. Stimulators can provide an insight into how a candidate would react to real-life job scenarios and are considered to be more helpful than multiple-choice questions.
More and more companies are looking further than the job-specific skills to assess if the candidate is a good fit. The right applicant will not only be able to do the job but be a great part of the team and reflect the brand’s philosophy and values.
More cognitive tests
An applicant can seem great on paper and possess all the necessary technical skills but still fail on the job. That’s why cognitive tests are becoming more common in pre-employment screening – as they evaluate skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, and emotional intelligence.
Tests on mobile phones are expected to grow in the future as even now they’re the main requirement for many companies. One of the reasons behind that fact is that the applicants basically care about the job, not about the staffing agency, so if another one can place them in the right position, that’s a missed opportunity for a sale.
Automation and artificial intelligence
AI can automate and simplify a lot of aspects in the hiring process – from screening the resumes and scheduling of the interviews to comparing the applicants. It can also play a role in the pre-employment testing – by using simulators, gamification, and question sequencing, for example.
In the future, companies will focus more and more on training employees to become more qualified and gain new skills needed for the specifics of the fast-developing new technologies. Still, employees will have to go through real-life assessments before considered to be able to apply these skills on the job.
In the fast-developing world and technologies of today, the required job skills are changing quickly and are expected to do so even more in the future. Pre-employment testing is also rapidly changing to be able to assess the specific needs of employers. Looking at the process today we can expect that more and more parts of it will depend on a personalized approach and developing specific assets.