How Pre-Employment Tests Can Help You Hire Faster

The hiring process seems easier on paper than it is in practice. Advertise your job opening, receive applications, review those applications, invite people to interview, choose the ideal applicant, and you’re done.

Of course, it’s rarely – if ever – that simple.

The above process is time-consuming and carries a degree of risk. Choosing the right applicant may come down to following your gut feelings – feelings that may not always be correct. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a better, faster, easier way to find the right people? Our friends at Skillsarena share a simple and straightforward solution below, ahead of their talk at our Recruitment Technology Conference.

Pre-employment tests make it easier to narrow the field faster

It makes sense to conduct tests to see which applicants most closely meet the requirements of the job. There are three main areas that may help:

HR departments may find one type of test is far better than the others for the recruitment process to come or they may adopt them all.

If different job openings are on offer, skills tests could be used for them all, whereas other tests may only be used for some openings and not others.

In some cases, it may be prudent to opt for bespoke pre-employment tests to help HR narrow the field more accurately.

A lot depends on the nature of the roles to be filled – how complex they are, for example. However, all jobs, from the simplest to the most demanding, can be easier to hire for when testing is conducted prior to offering the roles to successful candidates.

Money can be lost if the wrong person is hired – not to mention time.

With one or more tests ready to go, the recruitment process can be streamlined, sped up, and completed far sooner. Those tests will also increase the odds of finding the ideal people for the roles – people who may stay with the business far longer than others who seem ideal as well.

Cancel out uncertainty and replace with objectivity

Can you ever be fully objective when reviewing applications for any job opening at your company? While we assume it is easy to be objective in this situation, it’s far more common to feel uncertain about our decisions, especially when they are based on our own thoughts and feelings about applicants.

How can we tell whether we are making the right decision? In truth, we can’t.

It is also difficult to compare candidates objectively – something pre-employment testing does very well. You can access far more information via these tests than you could ever do on your own.

Furthermore, the data will help you review impartially and objectively, driving you towards the ideal candidate far more easily. This holds true no matter which industry you are in or which roles you are offering.

This process automatically makes it easier to hire people more quickly. Since a business cannot operate properly without the right employees in place, pre-employment testing allows HR departments to assess people faster. That leads to roles filled more quickly by people who are ideal for the job.

It also saves time for those working in HR. If your HR department is not yet using recruitment tests to help find workers, it is the ideal time to find out how this could change the way you find new members of staff.

Pre-employment tests not only speed up the recruitment process, they increase the odds of finding the best people first time. Skillsarena have extensive experience in providing skills-based, personality and situational judgement tests to companies of all sizes.

To find out more, call today on 0203 693 2201. Alternatively, you can send an email to for further information.

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