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Random Thoughts On Recruiting – The Value of Assessments

December 21, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

We’ve been setting up a lot of candidate assessments recently.  We don’t do them.  Clients set up the various assessment providers that they want.  For the most part, I don’t trust the assessment results.

I think we would all be a lot better off without assessments at all.  It takes time, costs money, and I think more importantly that it causes a lot of wasted time by eliminating good candidates.  For the most part, when you sit down with and interview a candidate you have an interest in, you can tell if they are the person or a person that you want to hire.

There have been cases where a certain type of position generates a lot of potential candidates and the assessments help to weed the field and eliminate candidates.  The problem is, even in those cases, I have felt that there may be good candidates being eliminated in the process and still making the search more difficult.  Overall, I think tighter specs are a better way to narrow the field.  You can tighten the geographic area or industry backgrounds that are acceptable, or add a requirement that would be a plus normally. 

I know there are arguments on both sides of this, but over the years my experience has been that assessments do more harm than good.

Todd Kmiec

Todd Kmiec and Associates


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