The use of prehiring assessment tests in the U.S. grew from 26 percent in 2001 to 57 percent in 2013. This spike is due to a number of benefits from pre-employment screening, such as improved job performance, time and cost savings in the selection process, and decreased turnover rates.
Different types of pre-employment tests include:
- Drug testing: A report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration showed that one out of every five restaurant and hotel employees uses illicit drugs, which gives the hospitality industry the highest rate of substance abuse compared to other U.S. employers.
- Personality testing: Personality testing can help determine the interests, motivations, and broad behavior patterns of candidates.
- General Mental Ability (GMA) testing: This test reflects both a technical and interpersonal dimension and can dictate how quickly an employee can acquire necessary job skills and knowledge.
- Integrity testing: To prevent employee theft, honesty tests are often administered to identify applicants who have a propensity toward dishonesty or irresponsibility.
If you are a company contemplating whether to use pre-employment tests on potential new hires, the expert team at WorkSTEPS can help you. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to find out how pre-employment screening can positively influence your company.