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What is Psychometric Testing In Recruitment?

What Is Psychometric Testing In Recruitment?

When it comes to hiring new employees, getting the right fit for your team and business culture is crucial. For many years now, the importance of a candidate’s personality, how they approach problems, and their critical thinking abilities have become almost as important as qualifications and experience.

As a result, employers are increasing using psychometric evaluations as a part of the executive search recruitment process. Here’s what you need to know about how these assessments can help you find top talent and find the right candidate for your role.

What Is Psychometric Testing?

Psychometric evaluations come in many different forms. This style of profiling differs from traditional testing as it focuses on revealing their judgment, ability to perform under pressure, logic, reasoning, and other personality traits. Unlike exams with correct and incorrect answers, these questions are designed to help build a profile of the candidate’s personality and way of thinking.

Different types of psychometric assessments can be used to identify specific skills and elements of a person’s mindset. Common aspects of a person’s personality behavioural assessments can reveal:

  • Dominance
  • Extroversion
  • Patience
  • Conformity
  • Leadership skills
  • Confidence Levels
  • Teamwork
  • Motivation and drive
  • And much more!

Often, these evaluations are used during the Executive Search Recruitment process to help find suitable candidates for a particular position within a team.

The Importance of Psychometric Evaluation in Recruitment

The current job market is highly competitive, with increasing costs associated with hiring and training new staff members. To minimize costs and avoid unnecessary disruption to the workplace, businesses need to prioritise getting the best recruitment process to assess candidates effectively.

These assessment tools can offer another level in the executive search recruitment process to ensure the candidate’s behavioural traits are best suited to your business culture, team, or job role, opening the door to numerous benefits such as improved communication, identification of training needs, employee retention as well as helping identifying top talent.

Behavioural profiles can give employers a real insight into how a candidate would fit into a team. By gaining a greater understanding of a candidate’s strengths and weaknesses using this style of profile, employers can select the most appropriate person for a precise role. Hiring the right people means a happier workforce and increased performance.

How Psychometric Assessments Works

For psychometric profiles to be accurate and unbiased, the evaluation must be:

  • Controlled
  • Reliable
  • Standardised
  • Non-discriminatory

At Mosaic Search & Selection, we use Drake P3 assessment software to ensure all evaluations are fair and accurate and result in a comprehensive report that can be easily analysed and understood.  Drake P3, delivers a detailed report to you, the client, on the job role along with an assessment on the candidate.  The report will also suggest questions to ask at interview based around the evaluation report,  to further discuss any areas where there may be a potential mismatch between the profile of candidate and the needs of the role.  In addition, we would


advise our clients to complete a Drake P3 evaluation on the role itself to ascertain what would be the key traits to look for in a candidate.  After completing the assessment, a shorter summary statement is also delivered to the candidate. This can help the individual understand how they would fit into the company and if they are right for the role.

We ensure all behavioural evaluations adhere to best practices and use the latest research and data for optimum results.

Take Your Recruitment Process to The Next Level

With so many benefits of using behavioural analysis and profiling during recruitment, many of our clients are already taking advantage of using this psychometric assessment tool to identify and hire top talent in their industry.   Whether it is Publishing, Business Process Outsourcing or the Financial Services industries, we can provide you with this additional tool as part of our Priority Search for senior level roles. Get in touch today to improve your hiring process success.


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