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Pre-Employment Testing: Resources

Considering using pre-employment tests as part of your hiring process? Our Resources section is designed to provide you with helpful information — in the form of blog posts, documents, Frequently Asked Questions, and videos — on everything you may want to know about pre-employment testing. Some of the most popular topics are listed below.

General Information About Pre-Employment Testing

What is Pre-Employment Testing?

Pre-employment testing can help you hire better employees and reduce turnover. In this video, Criteria Corp. CEO Josh Millet provides a brief overview of the different types of pre-employment tests and the kinds of information they provide.
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What to expect from pre-employment testing?
By using professionally developed, validated testing instruments you are adding objective, data-driven metrics to your hiring process. Using tests should drive incremental improvements in your hiring results, and minimize the risk of bad hires. View video

Why do companies use pre-employment tests?
As an employer trying to make informed hiring decisions, you obviously want to gather as much relevant information on candidates as possible. The problem is that traditional methods of getting to know candidates — resumes and interviews — often don't yield much real insight. View video

How widespread is pre-employment testing?
The use of employment testing has grown dramatically in recent years because companies have become increasingly aware of the fact that their hiring success rates are linked directly to their bottom-line. Read more


Pre-Employment Testing Best Practices

Where Should I Use Pre-Employment Testing in the Hiring Process?

Pre-employment testing can be used in a variety of different places throughout the hiring process. In this video, CEO Josh Millet discusses the pros and cons of remote versus onsite testing, and describes the factors that have led to the trend towards using tests early in the hiring process.
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White Paper on Pre-Employment Testing
Professionally developed and properly validated employment tests can help a company's hiring process by increasing the likelihood of hiring candidates who will perform well on the job. Pre-employment testing can help ensure alignment between the employee selection process and desired business outcomes such as lower turnover, increased sales, and higher customer satisfaction. Read more

What are minimum cutoff scores and should I use them?
If you have large applicant pools, using a hard cutoff score is a great way to efficiently filter your candidates, and to screen out those who lack the basic aptitude or skills required for the job. View video

Is using a maximum cutoff score ever a good idea?
We generally do NOT recommend using maximum cutoff scores. That is, we do NOT recommend excluding someone because she scored too high on an aptitude test for example. The reason we don't recommend this is that the science is just not clear enough on the benefits of screening out "overqualified" applicants. View video


Legal Compliance & Pre-Employment Testing

Legal Compliance in Pre-Employment Testing

There is a common misconception that using pre-employment tests can increase an organization's legal exposure related to hiring. In fact, when professionally developed aptitude, personality, and skills tests are used, the opposite should be the case. Other issues connected to legal defensibility are also discussed.
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Legal defensibility in testing
A general discussion of issues related to legal defensibility in testing, and the importance of test selection.
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Is it illegal to use certain types of tests?
Using well-validated aptitude, skills, and personality tests as part of your hiring process should reduce your organization's legal exposure related to hiring, for reasons we've explained elsewhere. However there are certain types of tests that it is NOT legal to use as part of your hiring process, because of the Americans with Disabiltiies Act (ADA). Read more

Does employment testing increase my company's exposure to potential lawsuits?
Actually, when implemented appropriately and in accordance with professional guidelines, employment testing should decrease your company's risk of legal exposure. This is because assessments are a very objective means of gathering data about job candidates, and can help make your company's hiring process less subjective. Read more