Is Your Testing Process Missing Some Key Aspects?

OPAC Encounter and Assess Systems HeaderEvery organization that is participating in the veritable sweepstakes that is the hiring process hopes to end up choosing a winner. As challenging as this can seem, history and research both show that employers can easily stack the odds in their favor. The key to doing so is in understanding that people are multi-dimensional and that they bring all of the aspects that make up their “selves” to the workplace.

Three Gears Representing Three Aspects of TestingAs organizations begin to look at their job applicants in a more “holistic” manner, they realize that these applicants are really much more than the mere sum of their abilities. They are, in fact, a combination of skill, ability, knowledge, desire, attitude, personality, and much more. The key to selecting the right ones is to be able to tap into the applicant and gain a “holistic” view of who they are and how hiring them may potentially affect the organization.

While an applicant consists of many aspects, it is impossible to measure all of them. Thankfully, employers are able to peer into three main aspects in order to develop a profile of who the person is behind the applicant. These three main aspects, which should determine whether or not an applicant makes the cut when applying for a job with your organization, are:

  1. Can Do – Do they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for success?
  2. Will Do – Will they be inclined to utilize that knowledge, skill and ability?
  3. Fit – Will they not only fit into your organizations culture, but maybe even add to it?

In our continuing efforts to provide a more holistic assessment package – that is, one that looks at the “whole person” rather than just at a single aspect or dimension — we have teamed up with Assess Systems to offer an extra dimension to pre-hire testing for clerical and administrative candidates. See your candidates’ potential in real-time with this online personality and behavioral predictor whose administration is now integrated with the OPAC software.

Assess Systems saves organizations time and money with job-specific, research-validated assessments resulting in rapid, clear hiring recommendations that prioritize candidates according to their potential for success.

OPAC Testing Software, as you are already aware, is a leader in hard-skills clerical and administrative pre-employment testing software that can help organizations reduce hiring expenses by identifying applicants with a higher likelihood of success. ENCOUNTER is a leader in soft-skills situational judgment testing helping employers measure the interpersonal competence of their job applicants.

In addressing the “Can Do”, “Will Do” and “Fit” issue presented earlier, this is how it works out:

Aspect Practical Definition Solution Measures
Can Do Does this applicant have the skills and abilities necessary for success in this position? What do they know and what can they do?

OPAC

Hard Skills, specifically knowledge, skill and ability
Will Do Is this applicant likely to engage in a way that will be productive? How will this person respond to the rigors of your work environment?

ENCOUNTER

Soft skills, situational judgment, interpersonal competence
Fit Is this applicant going to be a good addition to our existing team, adding to the chemistry that already exists? Who is the fundamental person behind this applicant?
Assess Systems
Personality, behavior, attitude, propensity toward anger

In the final analysis, organizations should realize that they are not hiring one part of a person, they are getting the whole package. It is advisable to look at the whole person, evaluating each aspect, so as to end up making the best hiring decision.

Is your organization evaluating the whole person during the hiring process? Would you be interested in learning how to make the most of your OPAC System? We would be very happy to review these options with you so that you can make the most informed decision about your hiring process.

Please feel free to call or email us at your convenience if you would care to discuss this or any other matter pertaining to your OPAC Testing Software!

(800) 999-0438
staff@opac.com