Tests we took in school were designed to assess knowledge learned and retained, and to some degree, analytical reasoning as well as creativity. However, there are many other things that assessments can reveal. Tests can uncover what drives, motivates, and even ticks off a person. They can reveal an individual's values, ambitions, and underlying concerns. They can help you understand a person's state of mind and how he or she interacts with the world and the people in it. When you are able to ask people the right questions, you can receive amazing insight into their thoughts, feelings, attitude, and behavior - insight that standard hiring procedures, like interview questions and reference-checking, are not able to access easily.
Here are examples of the variety of tests that are available:
Technical competency assessments are designed to evaluate a personâ€™s skill level or level of understanding in a specific area. Proficiency is determined through self-report or interactive, ability-based questions. With these types of assessment, you can evaluate:
Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Competency
These types of competency assessments evaluate skills and abilities that are essential to social and professional success, often called "transferrable skills". Level of proficiency is determined through self-report, ability, and scenario-base questions. With these types of assessment, you can evaluate:
Personality and Attitude Assessments
These types of tests delve into the core of who a person is. A personality profile is like a fingerprint: It doesn't just define who we are, it is who we are. Unlike tests that assess knowledge, there is no right or wrong when it comes to personality. As such, in order for an employee to thrive, his or her personality needs to be a good match to the work environment. Moreover, while certain traits may be consider a disadvantage in some job positions (e.g. stubbornness), they could be an asset in others.
Personality and attitude assessments come in two forms:
Aptitude, IQ, and Achievement Assessments
These types of assessments evaluate specific competencies, or skills that are requisites for success in a specialized area of expertise, such as spatial intelligence or sales aptitude. Examples include: