Below we discuss whether or not psychometric tests can help you find the ideal candidate.

From writing out job specifications and sifting through applications to interviewing and carrying out reference checks, a lot of hard work goes into hiring the right candidate.

Sometimes however, no matter how efficient your recruitment process was, candidates who have impressive CVs and excel during interviews somehow don’t end up being quite the right fit.

This is where psychometric testing comes in. Below we discuss whether or not this recruitment tool can really help you find the ideal candidate.

The benefits of psychometric testing

They give you a better understanding of a candidate’s skills

It’s very easy for candidates to make claims on their CV and say what they think you want to hear in an interview. Psychometric tests provide employers with a deeper understanding of an applicant’s skills and their personality which is an invaluable tool when it comes to determining whether or not someone is truly right for the role.

On the flip side, psychometric testing can also be particularly beneficial to shy or nervous candidates who really struggle to sell themselves at an interview. Someone may not feel comfortable shouting about their achievements or nerves may simply get the better of them which means that you could be missing out on high performing candidates with valuable skills and competencies.

With the ability to complete their assessment at home or away from the interview environment, you can gain an accurate insight into what someone has to offer.

Can save time and money

If you have a shortlist of five candidates for example, you probably don’t have time to interview them all. A psychometric test can help identify the most suitable candidates for the role so you only have to interview a couple.

By more accurately identifying the right people for the job, these assessments can also save companies tens of thousands of pounds because they don’t have to start the recruitment process all over again after making a bad hire.

They provide an accurate picture of candidates

Psychometric testing provides a good overall picture of your candidates. They can tell you more about someone’s personality, what motivates them, how they prefer to work in given situations, how they work under pressure and how they work alone or as part of a team. This is something which is almost impossible to determine with an interview alone.

The drawbacks of psychometric testing

It’s a cost

Adding assessments to the recruitment process is of course an added cost. Don’t forget however that you can make your money back in the long-run because hiring mistakes are far less likely to happen.

You need to know what to do with the results

It’s all well and good having the assessments done but if you don’t know what to do with the results, it’s probably not going to be much use to you. It’s important that you have someone who is trained to interpret the results and who can offer the appropriate feedback, guidance and recommendations for your next steps.

Here at Alpha we offer psychometric testing as an optional part of the recruitment process. We are trained in assessment and review which means we can provide plenty of advice to ensure you make the right hire.