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As the world is becoming tech savvy, pre-employment assessments have increasingly become a favoured tool for HR professionals. Their popularity is not because they provide unbiased evaluation but significantly reduce hiring cost and time. They also help in predicting future job performance with a high degree of certainty.

Blue-collar workers are the backbone of industrialisation and typically engage in manufacturing, construction and mining related operations. So, appropriate hiring for blue-collar workers can yield a significant increase in production. Therefore, Pre-employment assessments for blue-collar jobs can be fruitful in many ways.

 

Following are few benefits of using pre-employment tests for blue collar workforce:

  1. You can evaluate skills that are important in all roles

Organisations require certain skills such as communication, diligence, time management and critical thinking, which are essential for a variety of positions. Skill test helps you gain an in-depth understanding of candidates’ skills which are not evident in interviews.

For instance, you can use Big Five Inventory (OCEAN) to appraise a potential employee’s conscientiousness or determination for an organisation, which is considered to predict job performance accurately, especially for low- to mid-complexity roles.

  1. You can evaluate role-specific skills

During a job trial, candidates are placed according to the roles and positions required for an organisation. Pre-employment assessments provide a good overview of the candidate’s skills and aptitude.

  1. It helps in reducing time and cost of hiring

Hiring can be time consuming and can drain a lot of effort and money. From posting an advertisement to using referrals to interviewing aspirants, hiring can be quite resource intensive. Pre-assessment tests work as a rescue tool under such circumstances. They shortlist candidates who meet the requirements of a specific role/position, thereby significantly reducing time and cost of hiring.

  1. It helps in reducing turnover & increase retention

Hiring a diverse and inclusive workforce creates a supportive working environment and values trust and openness. This helps increase retention and reduce turnover rates.

 

Pre-employment assessment does come with certain disadvantages, of which you should be mindful. You should adapt your hiring process accordingly.

  1. Using a single test won’t work for all jobs

Pre-assessments can evaluate a candidate’s skills theoretically but may not work as a reliable tool for assessing a candidate’s practical skills. So the best approach to hiring for a blue-collar role is a combination of skills assessments for most of the candidates and job simulation for shortlisted applicants.

  1. Applicants might feel stressed or anxious, leading to a false negative

Some candidates might feel stressed or anxious during the assessment, which can have a negative impact on their performance.

Therefore, you need to ensure a positive environment by giving the candidates ample context and briefing them about skill tests.

 

This indicates a recruiter needs to have the correct combination of hiring strategy and tools for successful blue-collar employment. One needs to devise a hiring strategy that incorporates a variety of tactics, such as pre-employment skills testing, interviews, and job simulations or trials. Skills tests shorten the time it takes to employ someone by assessing job-related skills, cognitive abilities, and attitudes. Therefore, they should be used to acquire a thorough understanding of a candidate’s abilities and knowledge to hire the best.


Hadia Mansoor
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