Today we're running a post on personality assessments, but I got a question (see below) from a client about ways to assess industrial employees.
She wants to know if a worker will catch onto an industrial job quickly. I have no idea myself about industrial assessments, so I thought I'd throw it out there to the staffing community. Any suggestions?
Hey Gregg I was thinking of a way to filter employees to know which ones are more likely to be trainable faster or are a little sharper that can catch on a job quicker. At [my previous staffing company] they have a basic standard test that all employees are asked to complete, the test consisted of general math, reading math questions and measurement at a 5th and 6th grade level. I think it would help my recruiting efforts a great deal if done correctly. Any thoughts?
At my Dad's Manpower franchise, we used to have applicants do a test I'd liken to sorting washers and screws into sorted bins. I forget the name of the test, but Manpower reps would swear by it.
Myself, I'm much more interested in software recruiting heuristics, and I don't find technical assessments a great help. That's not to besmirch sites like Pluralsight whose assessments can tell you how strong someone is in well-traveled language like js, C# or sql. But hiring for skill is a road to cultural disaster when it comes to software.
I find past performance and attitude much better predictors of hiring success. I like to look at grades (transcripts - I always ask for them), Github repos, and, best yet, backdoor references from fellow developers.
Anyway, anyone have an answer about industrial staffing assessments?