Pre-Hire Testing

Straight from the mouth of Mr. HR’s readers

My boss wants to start testing the skills of all prospective new hires before we make them an offer. Can we do this? Any pitfalls? — VP Finance, Hedge Fund

Testing is a great way to help validate your hiring decisions, as well as a way to eliminate a candidate from consideration. Testing however must be non- discriminatory in nature or you may be found to be in violation of labor laws. Specifically be sure your test is certified / reviewed by a legal professional specializing in labor law or published by a company that certifies their tests accordingly. Lastly be sure to test all candidates vs. just a few. When you only test a select few you again raise the risk of being accused of discrimination by those tested…and even by those not tested.

David Lewis
Operations Inc – Stamford, CT

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