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4 Benefits of Pre-Employment Testing for Remote Hiring

Remote work is here to stay –Just over 70 percent of employees worked from home in December 2020, and over half would like to continue working from home (WFH) after the pandemic if permitted by their employer.

No longer will remote work be a temporary solution to a global health problem. Instead, it will become a permanent part of our workplaces’ fabric. And, companies should prepare with WFH in mind. 

Remote work requires companies to implement digital communication, collaboration tools, and security to protect information off-site. However, employers also must revamp their recruiting, hiring, and onboarding practices, to help them to attract and retain remote talent. One critical tool to attract remote talent is pre-employment testing.

Read on to learn about the four benefits of pre-employment testing for remote hiring.

1. Hire for the Best fit

With 33 percent of new hires leaving in the first 90 days, identifying fit is critical. Pre-hire assessments create an objective way to measure job candidates’ skills, aptitudes, and personality, to screen them for fit.  

Pre-employment testing goes beyond what’s on a resume. These tests assess the hard skills needed for the job, such as computer programming, graphic design, or project management. And don’t forget soft skills. Assessments can help you objectively measure aptitude such as communication, collaboration, and problem-solving. Further, you can determine candidates’ aptitude for remote working, a new critical determination.

And because these assessments are objective and data-driven, the top remote candidates will rise to the top based on their skills and aptitudes, not gut feelings or personal opinions.

2. Help You Remain Objective

Speaking of gut feelings and personal opinions, we all have them, whether we’re conscious of them or not. However, we need to leave implicit bias out of the recruiting process. Through standardized pre-employment testing, recruiters can rely upon a systemized approach, enabling them to make objective decisions, with applicants being compared fairly. No personal preferences. No gut checks. Just identifying the right person for the job based on objective data.

3. Boost The Candidate’s Experience

With Zoom meetings on many people’s calendars these days, both job seekers and employees alike have enjoyed the flexibility of joining a meeting (or interview) remotely. Pre-employment testing adds to that flexibility by allowing your candidates to complete the assessments anytime and anywhere, further boosting your candidate’s experience.

According to the Human Capital Institute

  • 60% of job candidates stated they’ve had a negative candidate experience with the companies for which they interviewed
  • 72% shared their negative candidate experiences online 
  • 55% chose not to apply (and simply avoided) companies that had negative online reviews.

On the flip side, according to IBM, for job seekers who had positive candidate experiences:

  • 38% are more likely to accept a job offer
  • Over 60% talk about their positive experience with their family and friend
  • 80% are more likely to apply again with that company, even if not offered the position

The more accessible, flexible, and seamless you make your online recruiting, the better for your organization and your future remote workers.

4. Speed Up Time To Hire

Time to hire is a critical HR metric. And one that pre-hire assessments can boost.

Pre-hire assessments are designed to measure skills, aptitudes, and personality, to evaluate an applicant’s future success in the posted job—before you interview them. By determining fit early on in the process, you can efficiently narrow down your candidate pool to those ideal for the job. 

If you determine that the job applicant is not a fit early on, you also effectively save yourself time scheduling interviews–online, over the phone, or in-person. Not only do these assessments help narrow your applicant pool, but they also speed up your time to hire, as only qualified applicants move forward with interviews. 

Streamlining your recruiting process at the top of the funnel helps you and your HR team focus time and energy on qualified remote candidates instead of weeding out those that don’t fit the bill.

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