Every time the members of a team change, relationships among the group members shift. Some people will have great technical abilities, but turn off the rest of the group. Others will be popular with the team, but not perform at the level required. If you could know ahead of time who is most likely to fit best, the team’s chances of success immediately soar.

In fact, we do have a way to know: assessment and evaluation tools are widely available today. There are so many, it is easy to choose the wrong one for your purpose. For instance, some help to clarify a person’s motives; others can help people understand the effect of their actions on others, and still others can assist in choosing the best fit for the organization.

In recruitment, an assessment tool’s report should never count for more than 30 per cent of the screening decision. You still have to conduct an appropriate search; review resumes carefully, and check references thoroughly. Behavioural interviewing, using challenging questions, remains crucial.

If you do decide to add assessments, remember that those which take into account personality, abilities, interests and job matching can predict on-the-job success by as much as 75 per cent.

In this section you can find information about ways to use various assessments to hire right and develop your staff. Let us know what you think of it. Thanks!

Carol J. Sutton Cert.ConRes. is a Certified Trainer of Profiles®XT, Profiles Sales Assessments™, and other Profiles assessments.