First, pre-employment tests can tell you if a job applicant has qualities similar to your best employees. If the applicant’s pre-employment test results look good, then you can feel comfortable spending time interviewing the applicant.
When you evaluate job applicants, you can learn a lot about them… if you listen to how they talk.
In my third book – “Hire the Best – and Avoid the Rest(tm)” – the most frequently quoted phrase I wrote goes something like this: “The behavior you see from a job applicant during your screening process is likely to be the very, very best behavior you ever will see from that person.”
Isn’t that the truth?
For example, let’s say you want to hire a mannerly person. Well, if Applicant A is mannerly during your screening process, that person probably will act that mannerly or worse if you hire Applicant A. But, if Applicant B acts unmannerly during your screening process, then you may expect that person to act that unmannerly – or even worse – if you hire Applicant B.
PHRASES APPLICANTS USE TELL YOU A LOT ABOUT THEM
Imagine the atmosphere you want in your workplace. Most managers desire a professional and friendly atmosphere. That means your employees must act professional – so they represent you and your company well. Pre-employment tests will tell you is the applicant will ‘fit in’ your corporate culture in terms of interpersonal skills, personality, motivations, and intelligence.
Unfortunately, some job applicants talk at work the same way they do off-the-job. This often creates a monstrous problem – if you want your employees to convey a professional demeanor to your clients, prospects, and co-workers. Since pre-employment tests cannot hear how job applicants express themselves, you must conduct in-depth job interviews in which you observe how the applicants act and talk.
7 PHRASES APPLICANTS USE – THAT ARE BIG WARNING FLAGS FOR YOU
Give pre-employment tests and job interviews and reference check job applicants. And also, carefully listen. Hear if they talk in the professional manner you want your company to display.