Top Four Myths of Behavioral Pre-employment Testing

Jul 19, 2016

Top Four Myths of Behavioral Pre-employment Testing

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The hiring process can often be compared to a classic case of bait and switch: what you see is not always what you get. Résumés and references rarely tell the whole story—especially of how someone thinks and behaves, which are critical factors in employee productivity and retention.

So, short of having a crystal ball or developing superpowers, how can an employer know which candidate is best suited for the job? By using behavioral pre-employment testing, employers can not only streamline the hiring process but, more significantly, obtain objective data to determine a job applicant's abilities and potential future performance in the workplace. Pre-employment assessments take a variety of forms and can measure a range of factors, including personality, behavior, integrity, cognitive ability, and emotional intelligence.

For example, the ZERORISK Hiring System® is a behavioral pre-employment assessment that objectively measures how a person thinks or his or her emotional intelligence. Based on the formal science of axiology, the ZR Profile offers results that are more telling of a candidate's potential job success by answering key questions such as the following.

  • Does the candidate prefer to work alone or with others?
  • Does the candidate willingly follow rules and procedures or rebel against them?
  • Is the candidate strong enough to handle criticism or rejection?

However, many hiring managers are still reluctant to implement pre-employment tests during the hiring process. They cite a variety of reasons—which we refer to as the myths of behavioral pre-employment testing.

Myth 1: We Will Be Sued

FACT: Using testing as a selection tool actually reduces the likelihood of being sued because the selection process is more fair and helps companies comply with federal regulations.

Myth 2: Pre-employment Testing Costs Too Much

FACT: Most behavioral-based pre-employment tests range from $25 to $200 per use, but for every $1 an employer invests in personnel screening, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the savings range from $5 to $16.

Myth 3: It Is Too Time Consuming

FACT: Most tests on the market take anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours. Many can be administered online and can be completed by the candidate at home.

Myth 4: Pre-employment Testing Does Not Work

FACT: More and more companies are utilizing some form of behavioral pre-employment testing for more consistent and accurate hiring decisions. In a recent survey, 40 percent of Fortune 100 companies indicated that their employment selection systems included testing.

Hiring the right people for the right position is not an easy task. Let us take the guesswork out of your hiring process. The ZERORISK Hiring System is proven to ​increase retention, improve performance, and build great company culture. Try it out now with our no-contract introductory offer.

ZERORISK helps organizations build great cultures by identifying, developing, and retaining top talent. The ZERORISK Hiring System blends a revolutionary behavioral science with state-of-the-art technology to reduce unwanted turnover and improve employee performance. For more information contact us at (800) 827-5991.

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