Using Behavioral Assessments in the Hiring & Selection Process

No matter how good or bad the economy may be, making sound hiring decisions is critical to an organization's success. 

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The cost of the selection process, not to mention the expense of a “bad” hire, is too high to make mistakes.  Using behavioral assessments can make a big difference in a company’s hiring and selection results. 

Using assessments for this application is becoming more popular all the time. Many companies don’t realize the importance, however, of implementing a policy around the specific use of assessments in the selection process. Having a sound policy in place that is consistently implemented will ensure the proper use and management of assessments in the hiring/selection process.  

Below are four major points to keep in mind when using behavioral assessements during the hiring process: 

  • Use assessment results as one piece of the puzzle, giving it no more or less weight than the interview, past experience, references, or resume. 
  • Use assessments in a consistent manner. One suggestion is to have the final three candidates complete the assessment prior to a follow-up interview. Never selectively choose to give an assessment to only one of the three final candidates – this creates bias.
  • Never specifically reference the assessment results with candidates. Use the results to develop behavioral questions to ask in the follow-up interview in order to gain more knowledge about potential hires.
  • NEVER make a hiring decision based solely on the assessment results.

When used properly, assessments can provide great insights in the hiring process, which can save companies a great deal of time and money in addition to helping to find great employees.


Reaching Further:

The Birkman Method® provides both behavioral and occupational information in one assessment, making it a great tool to use in the hiring/selection process.

About the Author | Carol Buckner

With more than 20 years at Birkman and a master’s degree in psychology from TCU, Carol is deeply invested in supporting our mission. Carol has three daughters with her husband, Ross, and you’ll always see her with a smile on her face. She especially lights up when talking about traveling, volunteering, trying new restaurants in Houston, and rooting for her favorite sports teams (Roll Tide!).