Benefits of Skill Assessments
One of the best ways to ensure that potential employees meet certain standards of the company, and that current employees aren’t falling behind, is with skill assessments. Skill assessments reveal true competency level in a wide variety of areas such as logic/reasoning skills, motor skills, and language proficiency, among others.
When it comes to confirming qualifications stated on resumes, there is no better tool. For instance, skill assessments can be used to test whether a candidate is indeed an advanced programmer in Java or merely a proficient one. This would make it more difficult for an under- qualified candidate to talk his way into a position, and would in turn also reduce turnover rate by filtering out unqualified candidates.
Skill assessments provide concrete and immediate feedback that would otherwise be difficult to measure. For example, they areas that possibly need strengthening in current employees, candidates, and new hires. As such, skills gaps can be more easily identified and addressed through appropriate training, and better hiring decisions can be made in the first place.
In addition, they can be helpful in establishing a map of uniform standards to measure all employees (existing, potential, and new) against. Such fact patterns or performance models are important in establish future positions and modifying existing ones.
Overall, results from skills assessments can be used to accurately gauge competency of new and potential hires, to develop company performance standards, and to offer practical training/practice.