HR’s Bogeyman: Behavioral Assessments

Kristen Harcourt Aug 14, 2014 6:00:00 AM

We all have fears. Some rational; some irrational. Take the fear of bugs. For the most part, they’re small and harmless. But if one of those creepy crawlers drops from the ceiling onto my shoulder … let’s not go there.

Then there are the rational fears. For instance, the one we hear from HR professionals all the time: behavioral assessments will sink my career.Fear_of_behavioral_assessments

Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I do hear from many in HR that they’re worried behavioral assessments will be misused by hiring managers and that will render them less effective, which will reflect poorly on HR. It’s not that they don’t think assessments work. The evidence is there that they do, but they’re scared poor implementation will backfire, leaving you-know-who holding the bag.

That’s a legitimate fear. It’s also why we created the eBook Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Test: A Guide to Eliminating the Risk and Realizing the Benefits of Assessments.

By reading this eBook, you’ll learn how to:

  •    Recognize the risks involved in behavioral assessments
  •    Choose an assessment that hiring managers will use properly
  •    Effectively implement assessments into your talent management processes

You can download the free eBook here. I’d love to know what you think … and if you have any advice for getting over the bug thing.


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Topics: Recruitment, Productivity, Employee retention, Coaching and Development

Kristen Harcourt

Written by Kristen Harcourt

Kristen Harcourt is a highly trusted, creative and collaborative advisor who is passionate about people. She really enjoys helping companies make the right people decisions to achieve long term productivity.