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  • Writer's pictureRobert A. Dougan, M.A.

Unlocking Your New Hires' Potential: The Power of Post-Hire Assessments



As companies continue to face competition for top talent, it is critical that they use every tool at their disposal to ensure that they make the right hires. Pre-hire assessments are one such tool, and they can provide invaluable information about a candidate's potential for success in the role. However, many companies are not leveraging the full potential of pre-hire assessments, and as a result, they miss out on opportunities to optimize their new hires' success.


A great pre-hire assessment should do two things:

  1. Provide the hiring manager or recruiter with critical information about a person's potential for success in the role; and

  2. Provide guidance to trainers, coaches, and hiring managers to ensure the new employee's success post-hire.

By leveraging pre-hire assessments in this way, companies can gain a competitive advantage by making better-informed hiring decisions and providing new hires with the support they need to succeed in their roles.


Benefits of Pre-Hire Assessments


One of the most significant benefits of pre-hire assessments is that they can provide hiring managers with a comprehensive view of a candidate's potential for success in the role. This includes evaluating a candidate's personality, communication style, attitude, emotional intelligence, cognitive abilities, and hard skills. By understanding a candidate's strengths and potential gaps, hiring managers can make better-informed decisions about whether the candidate is a good fit for the role and the organization.


However, a pre-hire assessment should not stop at the hiring process. Instead, it should be used to inform the onboarding, training, and coaching process. By sharing the assessment results with trainers, coaches, and hiring managers, companies can better guide the new employee's development, identify potential gaps early on, and help the employee gain self-awareness of their strengths and growth opportunities. This can help the new employee feel more supported, engaged, and productive, which ultimately benefits the organization.


At RAD Potential, we offer pre-hire assessments that are designed to provide critical information for predicting a candidate's performance and retention. In addition, our assessments offer post-hire coaching and training suggestions based on the person's personality traits, which can be valuable for both the manager and employee. By using pre-hire assessments in this way, companies can achieve alignment between talent acquisition and talent management, which is critical for success.


Remember, the role of talent acquisition is to predict who will perform well in the role and be retained. Therefore, a good pre-assessment should be part of this process to help identify strengths and gaps. However, once used in the hiring process, the pre-hire assessment should become a post-hire assessment used for onboarding, training, and coaching. Passing along this crucial information from one area to the next is critical to ensuring success and avoiding a blame game between recruiting and talent management if things don't work out.


Pre-Hire Assessments Are Worth The Investment


In conclusion, pre-hire assessments can provide companies with valuable insights into a candidate's potential for success in the role. However, companies must also leverage this information in the onboarding, training, and coaching process to ensure that new hires are set up for success. By using pre-hire assessments in this way, companies can gain a competitive advantage by making better-informed hiring decisions and providing the support new hires need to be successful in their roles.


RAD Potential Advisory helps organizations attract and select quality hires. We will remove any frustration you ever had about hiring, to become a believer that quality hiring is the magic ingredient as to why your company is thriving. Contact us and let’s recruit better together.




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