Advantages of Assessments

Advantages and Disadvantages of Psychometric Assessments


  • Psychometric assessments are a valuable selection tool to provide specific information on strengths and weaknesses or to back up information that was gathered in an interview
  • Well-researched tests are fair, objective, valid, reliable and can discriminate between candidates
  • Candidates' abilities, motivation and personality can be assessed, more specifically some cognitive and behavioral characteristics, that are difficult to explore during interviews, can be highlighted
  • How a candidate would fit into the organisation's culture can be determined
  • The cost of assessments are greatly outweighed when considering the cost of selection errors through a new employee not working out for reasons such as personality or performance
  • There is the potential to improve the organisation's selection decisions and to also target development to enable good performers to continually improve
  • Assessments can be used later in a person's career for career management, performance counseling or vocational suitability
  • There is a wide range of psychometric assessments to choose from which assess ability, vocational suitability and personality for a variety of positions such as management, technical and sales
  • Tests are performed and analysed professionally by an external organisation and the recruitment process can provide an ethical, objective and defensible view of an individual


  • Increased time for the selection process (but consider time saved in the long run by selecting a better candidate)
  • Increased cost involved (but consider costs saved with a more valid selection decision)
  • They may put candidates off (this is not generally the case)
  • At times there may be conflicting information with the interviewing process as differing methods are used to obtain informationnAll references to recruitment consultants presuppose that a recruitment consultant has requested the assessment on behalf of one of their clients.