An ability test, assessment or personality test is often used by companies to screen the applicant. But who actually screens the person who does the screening of applicants? Artra is the training institute within the temporary employment sector. As market leader, they have been supporting consultants and HR professionals for 40 years with education, training and assessments. One of the tools they use is The Bridge Personality (personality test) and The Bridge Ability (ability test). With the help of these tests, Artra helps flex organizations and HR departments select the right employees, who will later assess applicants themselves on the other side of the desk.
“I came into contact with the TestGroup tests through a colleague about ten years ago. We then used them for a large temporary employment agency. The results were so good that she has been a permanent part of our services ever since. We use the Bridge tests with our customers, but also within our own organization, ” says Ellen van Hierden, director of Artra. The cooperation with TestGroup is always pleasant. They are easily accessible, we always receive quick answers to questions and they are open to customization when the situation requires this."
Scientific substantiation as a basis for objective judgment
What is the added value of using such tests? “We see that many HR-related organizations have a need for truly objective measuring instruments. How do you make sure that you select the best candidate for the job based on an objective judgment? That question becomes, in the light of the social debate about diversity within companies, only more relevant. Everyone knows the popular one instruments like DISC or Insights, but these are not psychological tests. They are questionnaires. We also use them, but for a different purpose. We use them for example as a starting point for team training, but not for recruitment and selection. The Bridge Personality is a scientifically based, validated personality test. That is the difference. The results provide tools to make truly substantiated choices. ”
“We assist in the interpretation of the report. The customer decides what he takes from there ”
“Of course we discuss the wishes, needs and challenges with the customer in advance. We then support the organization in various ways. “We assist in the interpretation of the report. The customer decides what he takes from there ”
For example, Artra helps the organization to read the results and reports right. We guide our client with the interpretation, so that they can draw the conclusions themselves and use what is relevant to them. It may happen that someone has a certain image of himself and that the test shows otherwise, for better or worse. If such deviation is visible, we discuss it so that action can be taken. The great thing is that the results of The Bridge Personality are shown in a beautiful visual report that is easy to read, also for the participant. Therefore, it also offers insights for his or her own development. "
“The desired outcomes and the profile that the candidate must meet differs per organization. That is why we do not give a value judgment on the results of the tests. We guide the process, but the organization itself determines which set of properties are important in the outcome. You do see some properties regularly coming back. People are often looking for someone who can network well, takes initiative, is creative and result-oriented. The Bridge Personality has been developed in a way that it is very hard for candidates to manipulate. The outcome is therefore very reliable."
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