Tuesday, May 31, 2011

More Companies Go With Online Tests to Fill in the Blanks

Workforce Management
Employment assessments can range from online exams for a specific computer skill to personality tests intended to predict customer service prowess to extensive evaluations of potential executives. By Ed Frauenheim

Companies are giving employment testing high marks these days. Despite a still-tepid hiring climate, spending on assessments of job candidates and existing employees rose about 20 percent last year, according to vendors in the field. Josh Bersin, president and CEO of Oakland, California-based research firm Bersin & Associates, estimates the global market for assessment tools and consulting to be between $1.5 billion and $2 billion annually.
Bersin attributes increased interest in testing partly to the rise of software systems that let employers create detailed profiles of employees and plan their development. “With the growing awareness of integrated talent management and the new talent management systems becoming implemented in many companies, the role of assessments is growing,” Bersin wrote in a January blog post.

Full Story: http://www.workforce.com/archive/feature/training-development/more-companies-go-online-tests-fill-blanks/index.php

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