How Pre-Employment Skills Tests Speed Up Onboarding

by Chris Parker on 30 June 2021

Although it is often one of the most overlooked facets of hiring, the onboarding process is a critical component in making sure that your new employee becomes fully integrated into your team. All too often, onboarding new employees consists of little more than a short greeting, a quick tour, some hurried introductions, and reams of paperwork.

Lacking a formalized onboarding process is both inefficient and costly. According to Gallup, only 12% of employees think that their company does an adequate job of onboarding, a shockingly low number that points to how little attention the issue gets. Indeed, only about 32% of companies have a formal onboarding process, which makes this widespread dissatisfaction entirely understandable.

However, the impact of a formal onboarding program can be remarkable. These programs make employees feel more welcome within the company, easing the transition into a new work culture. They also encourage managers and new employees to understand performance expectations from the start.

Instead of being all about paperwork, onboarding programs are designed to fully integrate a new member into the team. It is no surprise that the Harvard Business Review notes that 62% of companies with onboarding programs enjoy higher new hire productivity, and 50% experience higher rates of retention.

From the application process onward, pre-employment testing can play a major role in the onboarding process. With eSkill’s Talent Assessment Platform, you can seamlessly integrate Pre-Employment Tests with your company’s applicant tracking software (ATS), making it easy for potential candidates to take tests as a part of their application. The results from these tests can be used throughout onboarding to improve the speed and efficacy of the process.

Make the Right Hire with Pre-Employment Testing

One simple factor can make or break the entire onboarding process: Whether you make the right hire in the first place. No matter how diligently you vet potential employees, it is almost certain that you will make a bad hire every now and then. When that happens, there is no amount of onboarding that can make a difference, and the best bet might be to cut your losses.

However, pre-employment tests can dramatically lower the chances that you will make a bad hire. With more than 800 standard tests that you can also use to construct custom skills tests, eSkill has the material you need to assess desired skills for any position. This can help you to make sure that your new hire has the necessary skills to perform their job right from the start.

How Pre-Employment Tests Can Guide Onboarding

Once you make your hire, pre-employment tests can impact the onboarding process even before your new employee walks through the door. Each test generates a detailed report on the candidate, which can tell you which skills your employee has mastered and which ones might still need a little more work. While these reports can help you make your hiring decision, they continue to provide value throughout the time an employee spends at your company.

One of the first things you need to determine when onboarding a new employee is what training they will need to successfully fill their new role. There is no such thing as a perfect employee. Most new hires will have some skill or knowledge gaps that need to be filled quickly. With your eSkill report, you have a blueprint for your new employee’s professional development. Using this information, you can design your training to meet each employee’s specific needs.

Measuring Progress Against Pre-Employment Testing

It can take some time for a new hire to reach their expected level of performance. Adapting to new responsibilities within the bounds of the company culture takes time, which is why it is important to think of onboarding as an ongoing process.

Many companies expect onboarding to last somewhere between a week and a month. In truth, onboarding can extend for much longer than that. However, with pre-employment tests, the process can be more effective along the way.

When it comes to measuring a new employee’s progress toward full productivity, it can be helpful to set some mile markers, usually every 30 days or so. During that time, employees should learn new skills, but they should also have the opportunity to repeat those skills over and over.

Think of a pre-employment test as a baseline snapshot. At 30 days, you can test your employee again and compare the results to your initial assessment. This will show you which trainings have been most effective and which skills your employee needs to focus on next. In this way, you create a roadmap for continued development and possible advancement that is custom-tailored to the needs and skills of your employees.

Interested in Using Pre-Employment Tests to Speed Up Your Onboarding Process?

Learn how pre-employment testing can make your onboarding process more efficient and get new hires up to speed quickly. Request a demo today.

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