Assessments are used in corporations to support various HR functions, including recruitment, selection, onboarding, performance management, training and development, and succession planning. There are personality assessments, cultural competence assessments, and performance appraisals, and many more. Below are several assessments that are utilized in organizations.
Personality assessments, such as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Big Five Personality Traits, or DISC, are often used to evaluate a candidate’s or employee’s work style, preferences, and strengths.
Cultural Competence Assessments
This assessment measures an individual’s ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment and understand cultural differences. An example of this instrument includes the Individual Cultural Blueprint Indicator (ICBI).
Organizational Culture Assessments
These assessments evaluate an organization’s culture and values, and how they align with employee and customer needs. An example includes the Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument (OCAI).
Cognitive Ability Tests
These assessments measure an individual’s ability to reason, solve problems, and understand complex ideas. Examples include Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test, Raven’s Progressive Matrices, or Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal.
Emotional Intelligence (EI) Assessments
EI assessments measure an individual’s ability to recognize and manage their emotions, as well as the emotions of others. Examples include Emotional Intelligence Appraisal (EIA) and Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT).
Skills tests assess an individual’s competency in a particular skill or set of skills required for a job. Examples include Microsoft Office Suite proficiency tests, typing tests, and coding assessments.
Situational Judgment Tests
These tests present candidates with realistic work scenarios and ask them to choose the best course of action. They are often used to evaluate decision-making, problem-solving, and communication skills.
Job Knowledge Tests
These assessments evaluate a candidate’s or employee’s knowledge of a specific job or industry. Examples include the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) exam for HR professionals and the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam for accountants.
Behavioral assessments measure an individual’s behaviors, motivations, and values, and how they relate to job performance. Examples include Predictive Index (PI) and Caliper Profile.
These assessments evaluate an employee’s performance over a set period, typically a year, and are often used to determine promotions, raises, and bonuses.
This assessment collects feedback from an employee’s supervisor, peers, and subordinates to evaluate their performance and identify areas for improvement.
Assessments are used in corporations at various stages of the employee lifecycle
- Pre-employment: Corporations use assessments during the hiring process to evaluate job candidates’ qualifications, skills, and personality traits. Pre-employment assessments may include cognitive tests, personality assessments, situational judgment tests, and job simulations.
- Onboarding: Assessments can be used during the onboarding process to evaluate new employees’ knowledge, skills, and training needs. This helps to ensure that new employees have the necessary skills and knowledge to perform their job functions.
- Performance Evaluation: Assessments are used to evaluate employee performance, identify areas for improvement, and provide feedback on performance goals. Performance assessments may include performance appraisals, 360-degree feedback, and metrics-based assessments.
- Training and Development: Assessments can be used to identify employees’ training needs and provide targeted training and development programs. Assessments can also be used to measure the effectiveness of training programs and provide feedback on training outcomes.
- Succession Planning: Assessments are used to identify employees with the potential to fill key leadership roles in the future. Succession planning assessments may include leadership assessments, competency assessments, and talent reviews.
How a Corporation Used An Assessment to Improve Their Culture
Why are cultural assessments important?
Overall, assessments can provide valuable information to help corporations make better decisions about hiring, performance management, training and development, and succession planning. By using assessments, corporations can improve their processes, reduce turnover, and increase productivity and profitability.
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