How Smart Manufacturers Hire Reliable & Skilled Workers

How Manufacturers Can Close the Skills Gap with Assessments

The two biggest problems that manufacturers face when hiring: 

  1. Finding skilled workers 

  1. Finding reliable workers 

It's no secret that there’s a major skills gap in the manufacturing industry.  

  • 80% of manufacturing executives say the shortage of skilled workers is moderate to severe. 

  • It takes an average of 70 days to fill positions for production workers. 

  • For an average US manufacturer, unfilled positions can lead to an 11% loss of revenue. 

  • With an aging workforce nearing retirement, manufacturers are turning to younger generations to fill skilled positions. 

  • 94% of manufacturing executives view training programs as one of the most effective ways to close the skill gap.  


But how do you identify the job candidates who have the greatest potential to become skilled workers? 

  • Mechanical aptitude measures a person’s potential to work with tools, equipment, and machinery 

  • Those with high mechanical aptitude are easier to train because they are QUICK LEARNERS and PROBLEM SOLVERS 

Finding reliable and hard-working employees is also difficult. Workplace injuries cost American businesses about $200 billion per year.  

What’s the solution? 

Pre-employment tests are a cost effective and reliable way to identify job candidates who have the mechanical aptitude to learn quickly, solve problems, and comply with safety regulations on the job. 


Recommended Assessments for Manufacturers 

We recommend two tests to evaluate candidates for manufacturing jobs: 

  • The Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude (WTMA) measures mechanical aptitude, or the ability to learn to use and maintain equipment and machinery. 

  • The Workplace Productivity Profile (WPP) predicts whether an individual will be a conscientious, productive and reliable employee who will follow safety procedures. 


Case Study 

One manufacturing company used the WTMA to predict job performance for incoming production workers. Employees who passed the test were 45% more likely to be high performers than those who did not pass the test.  


So why Criteria?  

  • User-friendly score reports  

  • Validated tests backed by science  

  • Dedicated Account Managers 

Criteria’s goal is simple. Criteria wants to help you identify job candidates with the greatest potential to be skilled and productive workers. 


Manufacturers who incorporate Criteria tests into the hiring process typically experience: 

  • Better training completion rates  

  • Higher productivity  

  • Fewer adverse safety events 


A few of the many manufacturing companies who trust our pre-employment tests: 


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