A Manager’s Guide to Employee Assessments

This is a publication from Profiles International which provides the assessment tools used by BIR Solutions. www.profilesinternational.com

Assessment tools improve your selection processes, retention rates, promotion sucesses and succession planning

Assessments work. They can improve your selection processes, your retention strategies and your promotion & succession planning. But, like all products and services they can vary enormously in quality and reliablity.

When considering the wide array of employee assessment available, how should you select what s best for your organisation?

One thing we know is that every business has its own unique needs and competencies; every team has its own chemistry.

When reviewing the various assessments online, in a catalogue, or face-to-face with a vendor, ask the following questions:

  1. What is the purpose of the specific assessment tool and how will it help us accomplish the objectives of our assessment program?
  2. How does the assessment help us understand the whole-person to give us a more solid basis to make important career and employment-related decisions?
  3. Is the assessment instrument unbiased and fair to all groups who will be assessed?
  4. Is the assessment procedure and instrument adequately reliable for our use?
  5. Is the assessment procedure and instrument valid for our specific purpose?
  6. Is the assessment tool appropriate for our target population?
  7. Is there understandable and comprehensive documentation available for the assessment instrument?
  8. Is training and support provided for assessment administrators?
  9. Is the data from the assessment instrument secure?
  10. Is training and support available to ensure that scores are interpreted properly?
  11. Is the outcome of the assessment simple enough to enable managers to interpret the results or is a certified professional required?
For a more in depth understanding of these questions and the principles of assessment, please download the US Department of Labor s publication Testing and Assessment: An Employer’s Guide to Good Practices

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