Deciding between assessments to use for hiring can seem like a daunting task, and there are a lot of options to choose from! There are different kinds of assessments, and not all employment assessments are truly meant for hiring. When evaluating which hiring assessment to select for your organization, you should look for an assessment that has these three characteristics.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the entity responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, transgender status, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. When selecting a hiring assessment it is important to learn what and how the assessment analyzes a candidate. Some assessments will call themselves personality assessments or don’t directly answer whether the assessment is meant to be used during hiring. Don’t be afraid to ask an assessment company if they are EEOC compliant and meant to be used during hiring. If the assessment asks for age, gender or ethnic background information in the survey process or to generate a report then it might not be compliant, and if you have any doubts you should be cautious and engage an attorney. If your company’s assessment process is challenged in court, violations of state, local, or federal law could have severe consequences and significantly impact your business’s future so that is why the best hiring surveys are EEOC compliant.
Reporting that is easy to read and use
Assessment data has to be useful and actionable to be meaningful. The best assessments for hiring should be able to tell you whether a candidate will be a good fit for a particular position (or other positions in your organization). Assessments that show every candidate through rose colored glasses or that don’t show you where a person will likely succeed or fail means that it isn’t giving you the data you need to make the best decisions.
Psychometric testing for hiring and employment assessments looks at a person’s hardwiring, which is very consistent throughout a person’s life. Psychometrics is the field of study concerned with the theory and technique of psychological measurement. Psychometrics includes the measurement of knowledge, abilities, attitudes, and personality traits. This scientific approach gets to the root of who a person is, their hardwiring, and doesn’t drastically change as people age. Using an assessment with psychometrics produces a reliable result that will inform a person’s entire employment with your organization, which is why the best hiring assessments use that methodology.