Many companies have now started to look into ways of finding an employee who behaviourally fits their job position. If done properly, taking more time to find the right candidate can cut costs and save the company a lot of time and energy in the long run by reducing staff turnover. Many employers have incorporated online behavioural assessments into their recruitment and selection processes.
Unlike the United States which has conducted recent studies on this subject, Canadian statistics are harder to come by.
According to a 2003 survey, seventeen per cent of employers do NOT use any form of pre-hiring assessment tool. The percentage of Canadian employers who use one selection tool is 50.8% while employers who use two or more selection tools is 31.8%.
Employers who use a skills assessment rank at 10.7% while employers who incorporate an aptitude or personality test into their selection process rank at 8.6%.
Source: V.M. Catano and A. Bissonnette. 2008. Evolution of Selection Tools Used by Canadian Employers. Unpublished manuscript. Halifax.
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