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Psychometric Assessment Tools Enable Companies to Recruit the Best People

Nov 10th 2014 at 4:16 AM

One of the keys to achieving success in the marketplace is having the right employees. Companies need to put a lot of effort into recruiting the right people because this helps them ensure higher profitability, increased customer satisfaction and lower manpower costs. As a result, increasing numbers of companies are using psychometric assessment tools to gain a reliable and complete picture of each person who is shortlisted for a job. Interestingly, these tests were originally devised for use in the armed forces to gauge a potential officer’s ability.

A person’s resume states his or her educational qualifications and well as work experience. However, there are many other factors that determine whether the person will be a success at the job. There are many different psychometric testing tools available and they gauge a candidate’s aptitude, personality, motivation and even potential in the long term.

Companies will easily be able to choose people for their ability to deal with stress, solve problems or communicate with others, depending on what features are most important for the job in question. Certain tests can even indicate whether the candidate will be able to take on managerial responsibilities. These tests are especially important in case the candidate is a fresher who does not have any work experience to describe his or her ability and aptitude for a job.

These psychometric tests are standardized with reference to content and duration, ensuring that all candidates have been given a level playing field. Potential employees will generally be required to fill out questionnaires on a computer or a piece of paper. In other words, the tests attempt to provide objective data on what are otherwise very subjective answers.

The tests do not take very long and are almost always drawn up keeping a desired educational level in mind. They provide fairly accurate answers to questions that people might otherwise try to lie about. In fact, it is possible to get a very clear idea about a person’s actual abilities and potential.

Considering how useful psychometric tests are, it is no surprise that companies all over the world are starting to use them. As a matter of fact, some of the best consulting companies Middle East operations have also begun to employ these tests to help their clients get the most suitable employees.

It has to be kept in mind, however, that companies should never rely solely upon these tests because one should always expect a certain degree of variation from the actual parameters. For instance, a person might score less on a particular day because he or she was stressed or distracted on that day. Even so, these tests should definitely be used as long as they are conducted by a reliable agency.

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