All the talk these days about talent assessment and big data can be seen as positive: people management is a science and the more data we have, the better we can know how to identify great candidates and manage their performance.
Pre-hire assessment is booming, as companies see that better fit leads to more engaged and productive employees and longer tenures. The Wall Street Journal reports that in 2013, 57 percent of large U.S. employers used pre-hire assessments, more than double from a decade earlier. This growth has brought a burst of new assessment offerings to our industry from a new breed of vendors.
While some assessment providers have years of experience and validated products to share, new vendors often have neither employee screening experience nor any employment-based validation studies whatsoever. HR leaders need to proceed with caution, and can guide their decisions by asking these 10 assessment vendor questions before accepting any promises.