Should you do pre-employment testing? That’s a question you need to ask yourself before you begin the interview process. The reason is because if you decide you need to do them, it’s important to have the test in place and make your interviewees aware of it should they be chose for the next step.
While you may find it hard to believe, many people create false resumes and falsify information when they go to an interview. There are many reasons why they would feel the need to do this. The need for money, wanting the job, and the fear of failure are a few of the reasons why people would do this type of thing.
You may feel like you can trust a certain person, but it’s never a good idea to do that because anyone can falsify information, no matter who they are or how well you think you know them. So the best thing to do is test them to see if they qualify for the position.
There are a couple of ways to administer a test to your potential employees. The first way is to have a temporary agency or employment office handle the testing and the second option is to handle it yourself. Here are the differences so you’ll know which one will work best for you.
If you have a temporary agency or employment office handle your testing, you may have to pay to have these completed, but they’ll be able to help you weed through the ones that don’t qualify before you complete the interviews. This is a good way to go if you have a lot of people apply for your position or if you don’t have a lot of time to do this process.
If you choose to do the testing yourself you have the ability to put them into real life situations to see how they’ll do. This works well only if you have the ability to protect yourself if they do something wrong. An example of something that would be ok to have them do is answer the phones, count money, or handle customers. Having them weld, work on a car, or something along those lines might not be acceptable due to the liability issue that arises.
Testing your potential employees will benefit you in that you’re sure you have someone that has the ability to do the work you need done. When you know you have the right person you’ll feel better about hiring them and you’ll know things will get done properly.