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Guest Blog: Why an HR Technology Toolkit is Vital for Pre-Employment Screening

This is a guest blog fromĀ ZERORISK, which helps organizations build great cultures by identifying, developing, and retaining top talent. The ZERORISK Hiring System blends a revolutionary behavioral science with state-of-the-art technology to reduce unwanted turnover and improve employee performance. For more information contact us at (800) 827-5991.

Technological advances have allowed hiring managers to make more educated decisions about how to use pre-employment screening during their hiring cycles.

Many companies rely on an electronic system to produce a basic assessment about job candidates. But, technology has made it possible to obtain real-time data from applicants, analyze the data, and make more accurate hiring decisions armed with substantial and actionable data analytics.

To take the next technological step in the hiring process, here are the tools that should go into your HR Technology Toolkit.

Use Emotional Intelligence in Pre-Employment Assessment

There is new science that has led to a dramatic shift from personality measurements to emotional intelligence measurements. This goes beyond a basic personality survey, such as an IQ test or whether someone is extroverted or introverted, to actually getting inside the candidate’s thinking.

Emotional intelligence is the thinking that leads to behavior, which allows you to look at the past behavior of a candidate to determine future action in your company.

Here is the key for hiring managers looking to hire the right candidate. Reliable studies have shown that emotional intelligence competencies consist of about 80 percent of the essential competencies that correlate to successful performers in the workplace.

In other words, emotional intelligence has a much higher success rate to determine the best fit for a role in your company compared to a personality test, IQ test, or other baseline assessment than many hiring managers are accustomed to.

This is where technology comes into play automating the process for hiring managers. Advanced technology collects pertinent data once a candidate completes their online assessment and delivers the results in real-time. Smarter decisions can be made about whether a candidate should be filtered out of a particular job opening or advance in the hiring process.

Data Analytics Has Changed the Pre-Employment Assessment Game

Many businesses leave out the VP of Human Resources or hiring managers when considering big internal decisions. Why? The HR department is generally viewed as the place to hire an individual worker, get them in the system, move them around, and then deal with a problem when it arises. It’s a greatly underappreciated department.

But, technology has made it possible for HR to get a seat at the executive table. Why? The rise of Data Analytics has armed the HR department with relevant information that helps companies reduce turnover and risk, while maximizing productivity of key workers.

Now, the VP of HR can walk into an executive meeting armed with amazing data found in an advanced pre-employment assessment.

If every other department is using analytics to assess things like conversion ratios and customer satisfaction, why shouldn’t HR also use analytics to assess human capital? Technology has made it possible to unlock the emotional intelligence of workers, helping make the HR department a vital part of the overall organization.

The Future of Pre-Employment Assessments

What’s the next technological step in the hiring process? Believe it or not, it’s games.

Gamification is the future of pre-employment assessment by unlocking how candidates react in specific situations found in games.

Rather than answering questions about themselves or going online to take an assessment, candidates will play an interactive game to measure how they think or why they made certain decisions in the context of a game.

This approach has been adopted by marketing companies trying to assess how customers interact with a product or service. Gamification will soon be a valuable tool in the technology toolkit for Hiring Managers looking to unlock the the emotional intelligence of candidates.

The goal remains the same: make smarter, more educated hiring decisions using technology to reduce the risk of turnover and maximize your human assets.

Find out how the advanced technology developed by ZERORISK HR can help your company make smarter, more profitable hiring decisions by signing up for the ZERORISK Hiring System for your next hiring cycle.



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