NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE) – Businesses are stepping up recruiting to attract the people they need with the right modern skills for the post-pandemic economy. But “the hurry to recruit” could pose problems for the future, warns Questionmark, the online assessment provider.
Employers in the United States (US) created 850,000 jobs in June alone.1 Half of companies in the United Kingdom (UK) are planning new hires.2 Yet 87% of employers face a gap between the skills needed and the skills available .3 So, recruiting is the answer to bringing important new skills to the company.
The new Questionmark report “Skills, Culture, Vocation: Finding the Right Recruits” calls on employers to ensure that new employees are “person-organized”. If a new team member does not share their employer’s goals and values, it can put culture and productivity at risk.
Employees who feel they belong are six times more committed than those who don’t.4 And a cultural conflict is one of the main reasons people leave their employer
John Kleeman, Founder of Questionmark, said, “Getting hired quickly can turn out to be the wrong economy. If a new starter doesn’t fit the organization, it probably won’t last long. Replacing an employee costs around a third of his or her salary. Employers have to design the recruitment correctly. ”
Measuring a person’s skills, attitudes and values prior to hiring can help employers verify that they are in the right person-organization fit. Competency assessments can show if they have what it takes to get the job done. Measuring their attitudes and values will show whether they are likely to be a good fit with the culture.
Questionmark offers a range of pre-made assessments to test business skills such as data literacy, digital marketing, and customer care.
Cambridge Assessment’s Questionmark Thinking Skills Assessment enables employers to measure applicants’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This can indicate the likelihood of a potential recruit making progress within an organization.
Read the full report, Skills, Culture, Vocation: Finding the Right Recruits.
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