Using Assessments and Pre-Screening Tools to Hire the Best Talent

Screening resumes and interviewing is only the start of the hiring process. Both are subjective and prone to human error. Adding screenings and assessments can help to uncover a candidate’s hidden talents and problem areas in an objective manner. But screenings are just a tool.  Assess the information you glean from them along with the candidate’s skills and experience. Ultimately you’ll have to go with your gut when it comes time to make your final decision. But adding pre-employment assessments to the mix can help you make wiser decisions.

Cognitive / Aptitude Testing

Testing that assesses a candidate’s adaptability, critical thinking and ability to understand complex relationships can help to determine both fit and how they will perform on the job.

Understanding how potential employees think can reduce overall turnover by improving the effectiveness of hiring and placement decisions. This testing can also help reduce supervisory and training time for employees in new positions and help increase overall profitability.

Learn about the Thurstone TMA used at Horizon Hospitality.

Behavioral Testing

TriMetrix DNA

Understanding why individuals behave as they do can help to anticipate future behavior.  Behavioral testing can identify motivators and competencies in candidates and help to identify their strengths and weaknesses.

Testing that identifies both personal traits and technical skills are key to producing superior performance on the job.

Horizon Hospitality recommends the TriMetrix DNA behavioral testing to identify these traits.

DISC & Motivators

The DISC assessment measures four dimensions of behavior, which are each associated with a behavioral style:

  • How you respond to problems or challenges – Dominance
  • How you influence others to your point of view – Influence
  • How you respond to the pace of the environment – Steadiness
  • How you respond to rules and procedures – Compliance

The  DISC assessment reveals an individual’s high and low placement in each of the four dimensions that make up their unique natural and adapted behavioral styles. This can allow employers to hire better and help increase on-the-job performance by better understanding individual motivators.

Find out more about the competitive edge you can gain by using DISC pre-employment assessments.

Sales Skills

Sales skills can be critical in a variety of roles. But they are difficult to evaluate. Many candidates can talk a big game. Is there a way to quantify the traits that will lead to sales success?

  • Can they sell?
  • Do they understand the sales process?
  • Are they treating each sales situation the way top salespeople do?

Sales Skills Index is recommended by Horizon Hospitality to answer these questions, allowing you to  chose the right players for your team and coach them more effectively.

Conducting these assessments before making an offer can ensure that you don’t waste your time extending a job offer to someone who won’t meet your standards.

Need help hiring better in the restaurant or hotel industry? Contact the experts at Horizon Hospitality. We screen candidates for you with our own assessments or screenings or we can walk you through the most effective way to handle it yourself.


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