At Humankind we see the benefits that organisations receive from completing psychometric testing, whether it be during the recruitment process and choosing the “right person”, during team building sessions, or through both personal and professional development conversations.
What is Psychometric Testing?
Psychometric Testing refers to standardized scientific tests or assessments, which are designed by psychologists to measure an individual’s cognitive ability objectively. They are key to helping people identify their potential, understand their thinking preferences, including how they prefer to make decisions and solve problems.
The testing plays an important role in enabling employees to understand themselves and each other, and it allows them to recognise how to tailor their approach and communicate with others in a way that can have a positive impact on their overall employee experience. Psychometric testing is hugely beneficial for leaders uncovering how to get the best out of their people.
So, what are the benefits?
Using testing as a part of a recruitment process will give you additional information to help you to identify the best person for the role and best fit for your organisational culture. When used in combination with other stages of the recruitment process (such as technical and culture-based interviews), organisations can get a holistic view of a candidate. Psychometric testing helps an organisation by objectively measuring personality traits and aptitude and once a hiring manager has the test results, they can explore any areas of concern through interviews.
Testing is an efficient way to understand more about a candidate or a current employee’s strengths and areas for development. It will help leaders identify how to best support their team members and where to focus development needs. It also helps create good self-awareness for people, which therefore contributes to them realising their true talent and potential.
- TEAM DYNAMICS
Psychometric testing can be used by teams to increase their understanding of how to operate effectively and efficiently together. This contributes to the overall productivity and, in most cases, the success of the business.
- DIVERSITY OF THOUGHT AND INCLUSION
Testing helps us to be more aware and accountable for our behaviours in the workplace and beyond. If we don’t understand or appreciate who we are, it can make it really difficult trying to strengthen relationships at work. In order to have a workplace that is human and kind it is crucial to understand and appreciate the differences everyone brings to work.
Psychometric assessments are cost-effective and easy to deploy. Whether you consider using it for your hiring processes or for growing your team members; psychometric assessments can prevent high costs that arise due to high turnover and employee performance that are not aligned with your organisational values, culture and performance expectations.
At Humankind we are lucky enough to have multiple employees who are accredited in a range of different psychometric testing tools. One of the tools we are particularly fond of, is the OPRA suite of psychometric tools.
If you are interested in hearing more about OPRA or any of the other psychometric and 360-feedback tools are team are accredited in, then please do reach out to us.
Ella Griffin February 14th, 2020
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