Hiring employees – especially for management and executive positions – are some of the toughest decisions companies make. Companies invest a lot of time, money, and resources into filling new and existing positions and want to hire the best candidates to fill those roles.

Hiring employees you believed had the right temperament and problem-solving skills but ended up lacking in those areas can lead to lost work productivity. Additionally, it might lead to issues such as poor decision-making and even potential termination. You can significantly decrease the chances of this occurring when you implement a cognitive ability test as part of the hiring process.

Don’t leave your company’s hiring practices to chance – contact Barada Associates. Barada Associates has been in business for more than 40 years and is one of the nation’s oldest and most trusted providers of reliable background checks. For more information about our services, contact us today.

What Can Cognitive Tests Tell You?

It’s not uncommon for employers to receive dozens, if not hundreds, of applications for job postings. Although many of these applications do not align with what the company is looking for and can easily be dismissed, many applicants’ education, interview skills, and work experience closely align with one another. So how does an employer choose who to hire?

One way to differentiate one candidate from another is through a cognitive ability assessment test, which evaluates a job seeker’s ability to think and solve problems. Cognitive ability tests assess how the applicant will perform if they’re hired for the position. Candidates who have all the right skills and pass the cognitive assessment with flying colors are more likely to adapt quickly to their new role and succeed, which is what the company is ultimately looking for. Having the ability to help predict job performance is invaluable.

When you use cognitive assessment tests, you will receive valuable insight into a candidate’s abilities, including:

  • Critical thinking
  • Managing co-workers effectively
  • Logical reasoning
  • Numerical reasoning
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Mathematical ability
  • Learning new abilities
  • Digesting and applying information
  • Adapting to new situations around them
  • Finding solutions
  • Comprehending difficult concepts

How Do Cognitive Skills and Behavioral Tests Work?

Together, cognitive and behavioral tests help employees identify whether the candidate has the abilities needed for the position and whether they’re a good fit for the company and its culture. If office culture is important to your business, you may want to consider implementing behavior tests and assessments and a cognitive test.

Barada Associates has access to dozens of personality and cognitive ability assessments with the ability to test an applicant’s technical and soft skills, as well as their general mental ability and general intelligence. We tailor each cognitive assessment based on the position and the types of cognitive and behavioral abilities needed to succeed in the role. A software engineer, for example, would need abilities related to information processing, problem-solving, and knowledge of programming languages. A personal financial advisor, meanwhile, would need to possess abilities to recognize trends, accurately analyze data, and the ability to work with money.

We offer several skills and cognitive ability tests that can be administered from the privacy of your office, the applicant’s individual location, or online.

Some of the industries that can benefit the most from using cognitive ability tests include:

  • Architecture and engineering
  • Athletics and coaching
  • Construction
  • Financial
  • Food-service related
  • Healthcare practice
  • Healthcare support
  • Information technology
  • Legal
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Management
  • Office and administrative support
  • Production and manufacturing
  • Protective service
  • Sales and customer service

Contact Barada Associates for More Information on Cognitive Skills Assessments

Barada Associates understands how timely and costly the hiring process is. When your company is going through the pre-employment process with your job candidates, we know you want to ensure that you’ll be hiring the candidate who will provide the greatest job performance. When you partner with us for background screening services, including behavioral and cognitive assessments, we make your job much more manageable. Our skill assessment service accurately tests cognitive ability in all your employees and job candidates, taking that job out of your hands.

Whether you want to test a candidate’s cognitive abilities and mental abilities before hiring a new job candidate, or you want to use cognitive ability testing to recognize the strengths of an existing employee, contact Barada for more information or to request a quote. Although it’s possible to completely predict future job performance, cognitive testing can go a long way to helping secure the right talent for your company.