As many employers know, traditional resumes are often unreliable when it comes to identifying skills and experience in applicants. Research suggests that 46% of resumes are composed of lies and 78% have misleading statements, according to Criteria Corp.
To counter dishonest tendencies in applicants, companies are beginning to opt for pre-employment testing in their hiring process. Pre-employment tests are found to be more objective in structure and design, and they help companies identify applicants who will fit into a long-term plan. Not only does pre-employment testing lessens the time spent on reviewing resumes and conducting interviews, it also offers the following benefits to employers:
- Higher productivity – well-developed and validated tests may predict the employee’s productivity in the future
- Increased defensibility in the hiring process – Because tests are under federal guidelines, equitable and non-discriminatory hiring procedure is certain
- Increased employee retention (and reduction in costs regarding turnovers) – The test ensures that employees have the basic aptitude for the job