Why Psychometric Evaluation Tools Are Vital to So Many Industries

The traditional hiring process entails advertising a position, interviewing prospective candidates, and hiring the person that seems the best fit for the job. While this method may work, it falls short in a few areas, unfortunately. Interviewer bias and softball questions prevent companies from getting to know a candidate’s real personality, aptitude, and suitability for a role. Therefore, a thorough psychometric evaluation is crucial to the recruitment process. It takes a deep dive into prospective hires to give companies a well-rounded idea of who the individual really is – not just what they present on paper or in the interview room. In a competitive job market, hiring the wrong person for the role may waste the company’s time and even cost money. It is for precisely this reason that a large majority of Fortune 500 companies use psychometrics to fuel their success. These assessments are also used in various other industries.

Psychometric Assessments

The Financial and Banking Sector

Any business or department that deals with finances needs to ensure that the people employed in this sector have been thoroughly evaluated. It is not uncommon to hear of fraud and illegal activities committed by employees in financial institutions, which severely damages the reputation of the institution. Recruitment tests and psychometric assessments for not just numerical and verbal reasoning are important, but an evaluation looking at abstract reasoning, situational judgement, ethics, and integrity too.

Law Firms and Legal Organisations

Working in the legal sector requires immense mental fortitude, and a psychometric evaluation for verbal reasoning, logic, and inductive reasoning is critical. Some environments will also require assessments for numerical reasoning. Gauging the decision-making frameworks of such hires is key to understanding their role in a specific job and how hard they will work to fulfil their duties in the right way.

Law Enforcement and National Defence

Members of our local police, law enforcement agency employees, and even members of our military forces face physical, psychological, and emotional stressors often – sometimes daily. This results in tired, traumatised, and burnt-out public servants who must have the capacity to reach out for assistance when they need it. Psychometric testing in these fields is essential as it gives an evaluation of a candidate’s mental and physical aptitude for the job, as well as their motivation and value systems that influence their performance.

Large Corporations and Brands

Many large brands have a stellar hiring process and use various recruitment tests to draw out the cream of the crop when it comes to candidates. This is key to their success as it eliminates high-risk employees who can damage the name of the brand or cost the company money with unproductivity or worse, a hostile work environment. An in-depth psychometric evaluation explores capabilities, current skillsets, personality, cognitive and learning potential, emotional intelligence, and how well the individual will fit into the company’s culture. This is, in the end, not just in the interest of the business, but of the employee too who may be unhappy when forced into an unsuitable role.

Educational and Learning Institutions

Being an educator is not just about qualifications, certain personalities with the right aptitude flourish best in this role. Hiring the wrong kind of educator, unfortunately, may negatively impact the learning environment in a school, university, or training class. A psychometric evaluation helps find passionate, motivated individuals who truly love their work and find meaning in it. It is also a useful tool for students, especially those in high school who are thinking of prospective study fields and career options.

Are Psychometrics Suited to Any Environment?

Any business looking to prioritise their current hiring process or recruitment tests will benefit from using the right psychometric evaluation tools. We at Orgro continue to see the immense advantage it gives companies while hiring employees, and how they grow from strength to strength due to finding the best personnel possible. We use South African and international assessments to aid in both organisational and individual development. By going beyond traditional recruitment, your organisation is investing in its own future success and career fulfilment of every employee.

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