Avoid costly mis-hires with an online soft skills assessment
Wednesday 19 May 2021
Soft skills are skills that mainly relate to an individual’s intelligence or personality. How does someone communicate? How do they deal with problems? Is the person easy to approach and friendly? How do they behave in a group? The answers to these types of questions lie in the soft skills of the employee or candidate. Analytical thinking, persistence, and flexibility are other examples of soft skills.
Many employers seek out the right soft skills for the position in potential employees. But how do you measure them reliably? Where you can subject applicants to a knowledge test when it comes to hard skills, soft skills such as adaptability, creativity, or analytical thinking can be measured with a personality test and ability test. Follow the five steps below to measure the soft skills of your candidates or employees.
1. Determine which soft skills are most valuable to your company
To start, ask your management team for input. Which soft skills are most needed? What soft skills do the most talented and successful (current) employees have? Don't just focus on the soft skills that are currently lacking, but also on skills that could be useful in the future.
2. Include the required soft skills in a job profile
Some soft skills are obvious for certain positions. For example, if someone has a lot of customer contact in his job, they must, of course, be able to communicate. Other soft skills are more difficult to figure out. Make sure everyone involved agrees on which skills are essential for a position. Limit yourself to a maximum of 8 soft skill; this will make it easier to decide which candidate best suits the position.
3. Use a personality test and an ability test to measure the soft skills
After you have clarified which 8 soft skills are necessary for the position, you can measure them with a personality test and an ability test.
How to get started
Download an example report of an online soft skills assessment here.
Personality Test - 45 minutes
Cognitive Ability Test- 60 minutes
An online soft skills assessment is ready for you within just 1 hour. We will of course help you interpret the results. You can order the tests here.
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With an account on the Bridge Assessment Platform, you can invite candidates, administer online assessments, and order reports, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world. The Bridge Assessment platform is used by companies, governments, psychologists, recruiters, and coaches in over 20 countries. The system is easy to use, so there is no need for extensive training. Also, you can start immediately; your account will be ready in just 1 day.
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