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Employee Assessments and Evaluations
 by: Andrea Watkins





In today's competitive world it can be a struggle to find, recruit and hold onto the best people for the job. Employee assessments are the key to understanding people and take a lot of the guesswork out of how they are likely to perform and their potential, which can lead to a more informed decision when choosing the right individual for the job. Assessments will improve the quality and effectiveness of your hiring, eligibility, interviewing and decision processes, helping you make better choices and ensuring your employees will fit in with your company style.

Larger companies generally have various steps to the recruiting process, including the resumes, background checks, interviews and personality appraisals. Assessments are particularly adept at identifying a person's work style and qualities, and recognizing their strengths and weaknesses. Incorporating an employee assessment scheme at the interview stage, and with existing members of staff, enables you to make better decisions, which ultimately leads to business growth and development.

Imagine that you have shortlisted 2/3 candidates for the job in question, but are finding it difficult to make the final decision as they all have their own unique qualities and expertise to offer. They are very well qualified, have lots of experience and both could do the job just as well, so how do you choose between them? This is where a personality assessment comes in handy as it can help you determine their individual characteristics - will they work well in a group, have loyalty to the company, and what are their future goals?

Staff assessments are also particularly successful in identifying existing members of staff who have leadership qualities, and highlighting areas of individual development that need extra training, or as a way to resolve conflict. Not only will they let you move the right people into appropriate positions, they'll also improve staff motivation as they see themselves valued and successful with a role in the company's future.

Personality appraisals are often integrated with proficiency tests, leadership assessments, 360-degree assessment or behavioral reviews. They can assist in many ways, from increasing employees' confidence and sense of security, reducing staff turnover and cutting down training costs, to forming the basis of a successful working team.

Assessments are used by all kinds of companies, large and small, from sales and customer service to call centers, retail and healthcare, proving time and time again their effectiveness in choosing, and retaining, quality employees. Take a look online and you'll find lots of information and advice available, as well as consultants who can assist you with easy to use assessment and appraisal tests.

Employee assessments are particularly valuable in helping you make informed choices with regard to recruitment, promotion, and transferring individuals. They can provide a clearer view of the abilities and aptitudes of that particular person and make it easier to narrow down the number of applicants. Putting the right people together with the right job for them creates job satisfaction, leading to employees who stick around.

Long gone are the days when people got a job and stayed there until they retired, professionals today are apt to change jobs more than a few times in their career if something better comes along. Finding the right person is important, unless you want to be going through the whole process again a few months down the line.

Employee evaluation consulting can help you choose the right applicant for a job, identify what kind of person does well at your company, and determine the best roles for your current employees by facilitating assessments. Look in your local area for companies that are specialized in your particular industry. Before you hire them check out their client list to judge if they have relevant experience and the size of previous companies they have worked with. If they have a good client list with national organizations and have been established for some time then they are a good choice for your needs.

If you decide to hire an employee assessment company then you need to be able to tell them certain information, such as your idea of an ideal employee, and the dynamics of your existing employees. To generate an assessment plan to suit your company, they'll need to know your management system, details on the corporate culture, and the targets and strategy of the business.

About The Author

Andrea Watkins writes articles for Kenexa, a leading company providing a range of employee assessment solutions for all size businesses. Get the right employee for your organization with their employee evaluation tests and assessment tools available.
http://www.kenexa.com/assessments/what-we-assess
The author invites you to visit:
http://www.kenexa.com

 


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