A major study done by Harvard Business Review which followed 360,000 people through their careers over a 20-year period found that “Employees who are well matched to their jobs are 2.5 times more productive.” They also found that the “job fit” approach accurately predicts job success more than any commonly accepted factors such as education, experience and job training.
The challenge is how to simply and accurately measure for it. Humans are like icebergs in that, only a small percentage of our capabilities and potential can be observed on the surface. The rest, like cognitive abilities, behavioral traits and interests take some skilled digging.
Some companies try to assess for fit based on carefully crafted interview questions that look at things like values, beliefs, outlook and needs. Others might use tiered interviews where the candidate meets with different cross functional teams. The challenge always come back to the iceberg analogy and getting to know what truly lies below the surface.
A Proven Solution = PXT Select
A proven approach which many companies are now incorporating into their hiring processes is to use a pre-hire employee assessment like PXT Select. PXT Select fills the gap between the resume and interview with actionable data on the candidate’s fit based on their cognitive abilities, behavioral traits and interests. It helps organizations make smarter hiring decisions based on data, not impressions.
PXT allows you to:
- Recruit right the first time hiring candidates that best fit the company, team and role
- Identify the innate traits, abilities and behaviors that help us to determine 1) if a person CAN do the job, 2) how they WILL do the job and 3) whether they will ENJOY the job
- Match candidates with jobs that fit their inherent capabilities and potential for success
- Identify opportunities to enhance performance and maximize an individual’s contribution to an organization