Four Things That Set Apart Talentsift’s Psychometric Tests

April 9, 2014

When we set about developing Talentsift’s range of psychometric tests, we didn’t just want to put yet another sifting tool on the market whose only distinguishing feature is its name. Instead, we looked at the things that frustrate today’s HR professionals about these tools and came up wit a concept that attempts to address all of these concerns.

These are the things HR professional expect from a modern sifting tool:

Relevant norm groups: who wants to compare today’s candidates to graduates of the eighties or nineties?

Clean and modern interface for taking the test: too many of today’s sifting tools are built on legacy systems whose design is laughable to candidates ‘trained’ by the products of companies such as Apple that consider design crucial in everything they do.

Flexible and easy-to-follow pricing for easy planning of that recruitment budget: you shouldn’t have to rely on Excel formulas based on test types, time limits and a bunch of other factors just to estimate a campaign budget?

A comprehensive solution that can measure a range of skills used in various industries and for selecting people into diverse positions

#1 – Comprehensive Solution

When we developed Talentsift’s psychometric tests, we thought long and hard about a balance between keeping things simple and being able to measure everything important: this led us to develop three test types:

- abstract reasoning, measuring candidate’s ability to perform in unfamiliar situations and to connect the dots

- numerical reasoning, to measure basic mathematical logic, which is increasingly a requirement in even non-technical jobs due to the all-encompassing presence of technology in everything we do

- and verbal reasoning, measuring the ability to comprehend written information and make logical conclusions

Since using any or all of these test types comes at no extra cost, you have the freedom to use them in any combination and give them any weight you feel is suitable without having to worry about the budget. If you’re not sure about which ones to use, a trained occupational psychologist can help you decide.

#2 – Norm Groups

It sounds like the mother of all common places, but it’s true: technological advances have changed and will repeatedly change the workplace to such an extent that we all have to re-learn the use of the tools of the trade multiple times in our lifetimes. This is why it is important to find employees that really perform above average when compared to their true peers, and this is why an up-to-date norm group is so important. Talentsift’s tests were trialled using a 2013 norm group that was representative of the UK recent graduate population by age, gender, place of residence and ethnicity.

#3 – Clean and modern interface

What many HR providers forget is that the candidates that will use their testing platforms are technologically savvy and use and expect beautifully and cleanly designed tech products and web applications from the likes of Apple and Google. They expect to see the same when they are invited to a job test, and they are often sorely disappointed. We decided to change that and have the most beautifully designed testing platform on the market. In addition to helping candidates concentrate on the test and give their best performance, this is one of the most effective ways for an employer to make a good first impression.

#4 – Flexible Pricing

We know how frustrating it is to get lost in  a multi-page proposal and desperately try to figure out how much it will even cost to use the given service. This is especially true for HR services where industry customs call for pricing models based on the number and types of tests used, the number of candidates tested and the duration of the campaign: in other words, on factors that are next to impossible to predict when evaluating a potential supplier.

We decided to radically simplify things for the busy professional we know you all are: if you know how many positions you need to fill, you immediately know how much it will cost.

Interested in how this works or more details? Get in touch – we have case studies and examples of how this would work in your organisation.