There are many jobs within health (aged care, disability care) and the mining industry that are physically demanding and require an employee to be physically fit to meet the demands of the job. Effective screening can reduce workplace injuries and prevent productivity losses.
A pre- employment assessment is a test or questionnaire that candidates complete as part of the job application process. They are an objective and standardized way of gathering relevant information about candidates during the hiring process. Pre- employment assessments are an efficient and reliable means of gaining insights into the physical capabilities of prospective employees with the aim of providing relevant information about a job applicant’s ability to perform in the workplace and their suitability for certain job positions.
There are several different types of pre-employment assessments including aptitude, personality, skills, and physical tests.
Benefits of Pre-Employment Assessments
Pre-employment assessments offer wide ranging benefits that not only streamline the hiring process, but also strengthen an entire organization by increasing the likelihood that new employees will be successful in their positions. The most significant benefits include:
- Higher productivity related to higher suitability for the job and its related tasks.
- Increased employee retention and reduction in costs associated with turnover (e.g., hiring and training costs) Pre-employment testing can increase employee retention by ensuring that new employees have the basic skills required for the job including aptitude, personality and skills or the physical capacity.
- Reduction in workplace injuries and worker compensation claims
Physical pre-employment assessments involve a musculoskeletal assessment reviewing strength, lifting capacity and manual handling techniques. Strength assessments are included to ensure the individual has the physical capability and endurance to work effectively within an organization and perform the relevant job tasks.
These pre-employment assessments can be tailored to an organization’s needs dependent on the core tasks the employees are expected to undertake during their employment.
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