The screening process is designed to filter through potential employees in hopes of finding a few to go further in the interviewing process, take the necessary assessments, and finally to hire the candidate(s) the organization is looking for. There is no perfect way of hiring staff in any organization across any particular industry, but a company can definitely help chances in retention, costs of paying out unemployment, and some of the risks in hiring individuals that will cause harm to the company as a whole.
Agard (2003) contributed to this discussion even further by stating that many human resources managers rely on two screening methods which are an individual’s resume and the in-person interview. Even though these two methods have been to be successful, he feels the best way to increase the chances of finding the right employee is to assess the applicant through the use of testing.
The employment testing software that a company uses will be tailored made for the needed skills of the particular position. Agard (2003) also pointed out the pre-employment testing software that HR managers should seek out will cover all windows operating systems, keyboard speed and accuracy, clerical processing and proofreading, common business financial tasks, and professional legal and medical terminology.
Not every candidate will exhibit all of the skills previously mentioned, but depending on the industry they should have at least some of the skills an employer is looking for. There is also no perfect pre-employment testing software that organizations can use, each can serve its purpose but cannot guarantee to properly identify every potential employee that will not work out for the company.
There are plenty of different methods of testing that can be used in the selection process. In terms of screening potential employees an organization can use assessments more than ever before due to technological advances.
Dessler (2011) pointed out that the 41% of companies the American Management Association surveyed tested their candidates for basic skills such as reading instructions, writing reports, and performing common workplace arithmetic tasks. There is a great need for testing to be completed in various organizations in the selection process to identify the candidates which could help or hurt the company as a whole.