By Jill Millman Kaffenberger, Offering Leader, IBM Talent Management Solutions

Few things are more important than speed of hire. Quality of hire is certainly one of them. BrassRing recruiters know that choosing the right person for the right job is crucial to your success. Yet a recent HR.com survey found that HR professionals regret 31% of their recent hires.

How can new hire regret be avoided? Businesses that use pre-hire assessments are 36% more likely than all others to be satisfied with their new hires. By assessing the traits, skills, and cultural fit of all candidates — individuals, managers, and leaders — you can determine who will meet your current needs, as well as better predict their future success in your company.

Identify qualities, not just qualifications, that will make someone good at a job  

Recruitment services provider Armada Human Capital knows that thriving in a role is about more than qualifications on paper — it also depends on the unique facets of your personality. As startups spring up around its Kenya headquarters and multinational enterprises establish regional offices in the country, business is booming and competition for talent is fierce. That’s where Armanda’s assessments-based approach to recruitment comes in.

According to founder Vivian Mimano, “Our mission is to connect talented applicants with the opportunities that best match their unique skills and personalities. We see that finding the right fit leads to satisfied and engaged employees, who are in turn more likely to go the extra mile for employers and their customers — a win-win situation for our clients and job hunters alike.”

Armada helps companies predict how each person is likely to perform in the real world by answering questions such as:

  • Does this candidate have strong logic and reasoning skills?
  • Does this candidate have an authoritative management style?
  • Does this candidate’s personality fit our corporate culture?

To perform its in-depth applicant assessments cost-effectively, Armada uses IBM Kenexa Employee Assessments, which offers more than 1,200+ off-the-shelf tests spanning the fields of accounting, customer service, cybersecurity, healthcare, legal, IT, and more. Previously, if one of their clients wanted to test a candidate’s responses to real-life situations, Armada worked with a third-party provider to run the assessment and collect and analyze the results. Now, they are managing the entire process in house, significantly lowering the cost per assessment and turning around results to clients in a fraction of the time than before – from one week to as little as 12 hours in some cases.  

Developed by I/O psychologists and backed by 30+ years of behavioral science expertise, these assessments integrate directly into BrassRing, which can help your team more accurately identify the quality candidates from within your talent pool. IBM assessment experts can also help you create custom test for your specific hiring needs.

Contact your IBM executive partner to learn more about the types of insights you could gain by embedding pre-hire assessments into your talent acquisition process.

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