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What are assessments, and do I really need one?

What are assessments?

Assessments are an objective, standardized way of gathering data on candidates during the hiring process. Assessments help filter and manage large applicant pools and are of tremendous value for organizations looking for the right talent.

Assessments with job simulations provide a format for obtaining a work sample, and work samples are valued as a reliable predictor of job fit. Common job simulation assessment test types include personality (or workstyle), biographical data or biodata, situational judgment, and problem-solving.

What are the advantages of assessments with a job simulation?

  •     Higher validity: An assessment with a job simulation has higher predictive validity than many other types of assessments, meaning they are better at predicting future job performance.
  •     Better job fit: By exposing applicants to the kinds of events, scenarios, and challenges confronted on the job, assessments with job simulations help applicants determine if the job is well suited to their knowledge, skills, abilities, and interests.
  •     Positive applicant perceptions: Because an assessment with a job simulation replicates the types of tasks performed in the actual job, studies have found that applicants are more likely to view them as being fair and job-related.
  •     Greater degree of fairness: Research generally supports the premise that job simulation assessments have lower rates of adverse impact (i.e., a different rate of employment selection that works to the disadvantage of members of a race, sex, or ethnic group), as well as a lower degree of exposure to discrimination lawsuits based on the selection procedure.

At Modern Hire, our job simulation assessment is called a Virtual Job Tryout.

How does a Virtual Job Tryout work?

Modern Hire’s Virtual Job Tryout measures skills, knowledge, aptitude, interest, and much more, to provide data on whether or not a candidate is a good job fit. All Virtual Job Tryouts are administered and scored consistently to ensure legal defensibility. Overall scores predict job success and, since scores are standardized, allow for easy comparison across candidates.

How does a Virtual Job Tryout compare to a “test?”

"test" vs Virtual Job Tryout Assessments

Research shows that professionally developed, well-validated assessments with job simulation can successfully predict employee productivity across a wide range of job types and industries.

Modern Hire’s assessments help ensure alignment between the employee selection process and desired business outcomes such as higher productivity, increased employee retention (and reduction of cost associated with turnover), a better candidate experience, a more efficient hiring process, and legal defensibility of the hiring process through the use of objective, validated metrics.