Using Psychometric Tests During the Hiring Process

How would you describe your hiring process? Intuitive? Personal? Subjective?

What about technical or scientific?

The next time you hire, you may want to consider getting to know your candidate from a new perspective by inviting them to take a personality or aptitude test. More and more, the recruitment industry and HR departments are looking for data to help legitimize the hiring process through talent measurement tools called ‘psychometrics.’

What kinds of tests are best?

Some of these tests have gained notoriety over the years, such as the personality test Myers-Briggs which ranks individuals on four distinct areas (but is actually not recommended for hiring purposes). Others, such as the Birkman (a must-do for internal employees at Smart Savvy) assess both personality and behavior and give a comprehensive overview of how you work and where your career strengths are. There’s also the Kolbe, DISC, EQ-i, and StrengthsFinder.

On the other hand, assessments like the Birkman, highly regarded by internal employees at Smart Savvy, provide a more comprehensive evaluation of both personality and behavior. The Birkman assessment offers a detailed overview of how individuals work, highlighting their career strengths and shedding light on various aspects of their professional behavior.

Beyond the Myers-Briggs and the Birkman, there are other valuable assessments like the Kolbe, DISC, EQ-i, and StrengthsFinder, each designed to provide unique insights into an individual’s personality, behavior, and strengths. These assessments can be powerful tools for personal and professional development, team building, and gaining a deeper understanding of oneself and others in various contexts. When used appropriately, they can contribute to more effective communication, collaboration, and decision-making within organizations.

When should you use them?

Hiring managers and recruitment firms use psychometric tests varyingly. You may encounter the:

  • > After an initial resume screening. (This method helps recruiters and HR managers weed through piles of resumes before moving forward to in-person interviews.)
  • > As part of the interview process. (It can be used in the decision-making process or used not for selection but rather simply to facilitate discussion.)
  • > In the final stages of candidate deliberation. (It may be helpful for assessing one candidate against another and seeking further evidence of personality traits or strengths that were not satisfied in conversation.)

Why use tests?

Some believe that psychometrics can be used to add to the candidate experience and ensure that how they’re treated during the hiring process is nothing but fair. Rather than making gut instinct decisions, decisions become founded on test results and concrete information afforded by the candidates themselves. These tests also save the job candidate time: If a test screens them out, chances are the job wasn’t for them to begin with.

These assessments not only provide valuable insights for employers but also save job candidates time. If a psychometric test determines that a candidate may not be the right fit for the role, it can be a sign that the position may not align with their strengths and preferences. This can help candidates avoid investing time and effort in pursuing roles that may not be well-suited for them, ultimately leading to a more efficient and rewarding job search process for everyone involved.

As mentioned, we use the Birkman here at Smart Savvy during our interview process. We’re wondering, how do you use assessment tools and tests in your hiring or recruitment process? Which psychometric tests do you use and why?


Need Help Hiring?

Smart, Savvy + Associates is a recruitment agency that specializes in connecting companies with marketing, communications and creative professionals at all levels, from coordinators to C-suite. Based in Vancouver, B.C., our team of marketers-turned-recruiters have an in-depth understanding of the industry and work diligently to find best-in-class talent for each search. Get started today.