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December 15th, 2008

7 Tips When Choosing Employee Assessments

Choosing employee assessments can be complicated these days. The competition is immense with hundreds of options available today. However, there are a few tips to follow that will help your organization decide on the most appropriate assessment.

1. Know why you are looking at assessments.

Having a specific focus or issue will help you choose the right assessment for
your organization. Many companies choose assessments without really
doing their “due diligence” before selecting. Then they wonder why they
did not work. Valid and reliable assessments are designed for specific purposes
and do work when they are properly used in the appropriate venue.

2. Ask to see what kind of information the assessment provides.

Make sure the assessment will provide the information you are
seeking in regard to your focus area. Also, the information you receive from
the assessment should be easy to understand. There are excellent
assessments in the market that do not require “a rocket scientist” to
interpret. Ask to see sample reports and/or to demo an assessment.

3. Check to ensure the assessment be used for the specific purpose you desire.

It is imperative that assessments are used in applications for which they
were designed. If an assessment was not designed to be a pre-employment
assessment, then it should not be used in the hiring process. And the
same goes that pre-employment assessments designed for JUST that
purpose. They should not be used with current employees.

4. Ensure the assessment has been validated in the specific application for which it was designed.

Check to ensure that the assessment has been validated for the application
in which you intend to use the assessment. Also, ask when
the assessment was last validated. Industry leading assessment companies
regularly review and validate their assessments. Be careful of assessments
that have not been validated in recent years. A properly validated assessment should
not discriminate in any way in regard to age, gender , raceā€¦.etc.

5. Ask about the reliability of the assessment and a technical manual.

There should be reliability data available on the assessment you are
reviewing. You should also be able to obtain a copy of the technical
manual. If this information is not available or they try to charge you
for the technical manual, find another assessment.

6. Find out how results will be delivered.

Choose an assessment that allows for flexibility and convenience in
administering. Also, find an assessment that offers immediate delivery of results versus you having to call someone to send and interpret the results. Once again, here is an opportunity to ask to demo the assessment.

7. Ask about the assessment in regard to adhering to Department of Labor Standards.

Be sure to ask the question. The DOL supports the use of valid and reliable assessments used in their appropriate applications. Industry leading assessment companies will most likely tell you their assessments meet the standards before you have to ask. Following these simple tips will put you and your organization in the best possible situation to choose the right assessment.

by Gayle Lee
Managing Partner,
The Virtual Consulting Firm


Please Contact The Virtual Consulting Firm for additional help in deciding upon and/or preparing the most appropriate assessments for your organization and/or to take advantage of any/all of the other Human Resources (HR) Consulting Services available to you and your organization from The Virtual Consulting Firm


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