There are many tools out there that will “assess” a topic or trait, but a true psychological assessment should be a valid measure of human behaviour with strong psychometric properties. This means the assessment has gone through rigorous testing to ensure it has excellent reliability and validity levels and is normed according to the target population it will be used on, ensuring fair and accurate results. Good assessments should also provide a summary of results in report form to assist with the interpretation of a test-taker’s choices.
You should use psychometrically strong assessments to increase the accuracy and trustworthiness of your results, highlight more relevant information for the administrator to focus on, and provide a better and more professional user experience for your test-takers. Using trusted tools will help you feel more secure in your hiring decisions because you can be sure they are showing you a true representation of your potential candidate and getting to the heart of who they are and what abilities they’re capable of. Assessments can be used at all levels of your organization.