Attracting top talent and hiring the right employees are constant challenges - especially for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) with fewer resources and, often, less structured recruiting and hiring processes. And it's easy to look at perennial "best places to work" winners, like Google and Facebook in Glassdoor's 2017 Top 10, and think, "Sure, when you offer top salaries and perks like on-site massages and free gourmet food, there's no problem hiring the best!"

It's not about beanbag chairs; it's about fit

It's true. Salary and benefits are important in attracting top talent, but they're no guarantee that a new hire will succeed. Much more critical is the structured approach an organization takes to establish the best possible "fit"--between a candidate's strengths, needs, and wants and the particular skills, talents, and approach to work that the job and culture require. Incorporating the use of proven, validated assessment tools at the start of the process is one important way that any business--large or small--can hire smarter, create unique competitive advantages, and become great places to work.

Get beyond the résumé to select the right candidate for the job

While top-talent organizations all have their own hiring processes, they share a strong focus on best practices that create uniform standards for evaluating candidates, including the critical "human" element. Organizations once made crucial hiring decisions based exclusively on the quality of a résumé and interview--on impressions versus data. Today, leading companies are using a variety of data-driven tools and techniques, such as selection assessments, to get a more accurate read on potential new hires.

According to The Aberdeen Group, businesses using assessment data in recruitment and hiring are 36 percent more likely than others to be satisfied with their new hires. And pre-hire assessments, specifically, can have a major impact on time and cost per hire, hiring manager satisfaction, employee retention, performance, and engagement.

Hire simple, human, and smart

  • Establish job fit. Selection assessments help uncover an individual's approach to workplace situations by measuring thinking style, behaviors, and interests--three key areas that research confirms are the most important criteria for making the best fit, but which are difficult to discover using conventional hiring strategies. Comparing those assessment results with top performer data then simplifies the task of identifying an individual's strengths and challenge areas to quickly zero in on interviewing and hiring the ideal candidate.
  • Conduct a full and thorough hiring process. In addition to résumés, references, and interviews, actionable "human" data, which should account for no more than one-third of an effective hiring process, helps hiring managers hire smarter with more confidence in their decision-making. Results from a validated selection assessment are also invaluable when used as a guide during the interview phase. PXT Select™, for example, automatically generates intuitive interview questions and dynamic "what to listen for" suggestions customized to gain a deeper understanding of a candidate and their potential fit for a job.
  • Choose a validated assessment tool with added features that support the continuing development of every new hire--because job fit is important at every stage of the employee lifecycle. PXT Select's suite of nine reports provide unique insight into an employee's onboarding, coaching, and development needs that can be seamlessly incorporated into an organization's overall talent management strategy.

"Organizations that integrate selection assessments, like PXT Select, into their hiring process add the critical "human element" that more accurately predicts job success than anything else," according to John Caspole, CEO at Assessment Specialists. "These assessment tools should be the foundation of every business's successful hiring practice."

Adding data to traditional hiring tactics can sound overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be.

Download the free white paper and learn more about how PXT Select™ can help your small or midsize business with a simple, human, and smart approach to hiring--and deliver you a competitive edge in attracting the best and brightest talent.

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