Why do recruiters value assessment tools?

Assessments are a great way to begin your recruitment process, and you can get started with them quickly as many digital assessment tools are easily available on the internet. But not all assessments are created equal -- several assessments focus on specific areas such as personality, values, skills, and interests, while others try to assess all of these within one assessment.

With the rise of technology in HR and the frequency of digital recruitment processes, pre-hire assessment tools are now high in demand. Respondents of a recent study valued assessment tools that can be used on multiple devices and platforms – such as mobile devices. Having assessments that candidates can complete on any devices helps recruiters to improve their candidate journey, candidates are not limited by what personal devices they own. The same crowd also prioritised selecting assessment tools based on the analytical reporting capabilities [for the recruiter] and ease-of-use for both recruiters and candidates.

However, 72% of recruiters have said that accuracy is what they want most from an assessment tool. Otherwise, how can they be sure that they are consistently selecting the best candidates? That means an assessment tool must be valid and reliable when measuring what it is designed to measure, as well as having good analytical and reporting capabilities that assist recruiters to make informed hiring decisions.

Human Resources, especially in a large corporate setting, are beginning to have higher investments in technology. Within this, many talent acquisition professionals have swapped traditional hiring methods (such as relying on references and interviews) with virtual assessment tools in a quest for the most qualified candidate. The best approach does remain a combination of traditional approaches and a digital assessment-based approach. Pairing assessments at the beginning of a candidate’s journey helps recruiters to separate the candidates who would perform well in the role prior to any interviews. Recruiters are then able to spend more time with their candidates who have the highest potential.

Online assessment tools are used by the majority of recruiters today and this is expected to increase in the next few years. By the numbers, around 76% of enterprises with no more than 100 employees use assessment tests for external recruitment. That means that more and more organisations take beginning to take digital pre-hire assessments seriously when making a hiring decision.

With that said, it’s only expected that organisations will continue to demand complex, well-designed features to fulfil the unique needs of their businesses. As well as the digital nature of the tools meaning that recruitment can be accomplished remotely and scored automatically, organisations have a high preference for them because they greatly the reduce time and cost that typical recruitment processes entail.


If you think this is the best time to put virtual assessments to the test, you can visit Talegent’s Solutions to learn more about the future of recruitment in your organisation.

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