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Assessment test for outplacement: why and how?

Thursday 27 October 2022

When facing outplacement, it's important to know exactly what you are dealing with. The only reliable way to do that is through an outplacement assessment test. This gives you a picture of what an employee is like and what drives them. And thus whether someone is adequate for a specific role you may have in mind and what suitable alternatives may be.

Why would an employer offer outplacement with an assessment test?

As an employer, for example, you can offer outplacement to employees as part of a layoff process. But you can also offer it before that happens. For companies, it helps to maintain a good relationship with (former) employees and to make the process go well for both parties. You know that someone will end up well.

But it also benefits the employee. First, he leaves with a warm feeling, but perhaps more importantly, he can learn a lot from such a process. During an outplacement program, the individual is forced to take a good look at himself. Together you can discover whether someone is still on the right career path. If not, this is the time to do something about it.

A professional process of hiring and releasing new employees ensures higher professionalism. It is part of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

What kind of assessment test should you choose for outplacement programs?

When it comes to assessments, we can say that TestGroup offers two tests. First, there is The Bridge Personality, a personality test designed to find out what drives a person and what a person's current skills are. Then there is The Bridge Career, specifically geared toward career coaching. This is a vocational test that not only shows suitable occupations for individuals, but also appropriate training.

Many companies combine these two assessment tests for outplacement programs. Only then do you have a complete view of the opportunities and possibilities for an employee. But you can also choose to take only the Career test. The Bridge Career is the most comprehensive career test in and around the Netherlands. The test is available as a college/university version and as an intermediate vocational school version.

How does an assessment test work?

An assessment test for outplacement can bring you some great benefits. Those benefits, at the same time, take you closer to finding the right job (or next step) for an employee. The process looks like this:

  • You order a test on the order page. You can do this with your account (recommended if you take tests more often) or once, without an account.
  • The staff member takes the test. The Bridge Career takes only about 35 minutes.
  • Immediately after answering the last question, a report is generated automatically. As soon as it is ready, you will be sent this report. Often this is just a matter of minutes.
  • With the report you can immediately see what are important character traits and what energises someone (personality test) and what are suitable professions for an employee (career test). All this is based on the completed answers.
  • With the report, you can draw up a plan for the rest of the employee's career. For example, you can see whether you can offer a suitable position within the company or whether outplacement would be a better idea.
  • Handy: you can also have employees who do not speak Dutch fill out the test. It is also available in English.

What do I get with an assessment test for outplacement?

With an assessment test or competency test for outplacement, you get a comprehensive report within minutes. In that report, you see exactly what the characteristics and skills of an employee are. And what the employee likes to do and what gives him energy.

In addition, there are eight so-called career anchors that tell you a lot about what an employee finds important in a job and/or education. There are more than 200 college/university jobs and studies, and you can see which ones are the best fit for someone.

Need more information about an assessment test for outplacement? Then don't hesitate to contact TestGroup.

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