Recruiters: Use Cognitive Aptitude Tests to Expand Your Candidate Pipeline

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It might not come as a surprise to you that low unemployment and a growing skills gap have created a talent deficit. In the latest Manpower Group Talent Shortage Survey, more that 40 percent of global employers reported facing talent shortages.

But I think it’s important to note, that when we talk about talent shortages, this isn’t simply a situation where recruiters aren’t sourcing in the right places. There’s a bigger challenge. PwC’s 2018 CEO Survey reported that one-third of U.S. CEOs are concerned that today’s workforce doesn’t have the right skills.

So, when we talk about a talent shortage, we’re talking about not being able to find the talent necessary to run the business. And this has a huge impact on the bottom-line. I ran across an article in Harvard Business Review that said 80 percent of a business’ profits are generated by 20 percent of its workforce. If an organization needs 100 employees to run successfully, and has 20 open positions, think about how much profit is being lost every day. This doesn’t even include the stress being placed on employees who have to work twice as much because the operation isn’t fully staffed.

Possible Solution: Hiring Candidates Who are “Work Experience Light”

As a result of staffing shortages, organizations might want to consider hiring candidates who have little experience or are new to the field. But the question becomes, how does the company know they are taking the right chance with the right candidate?

Cognitive aptitude tests are a

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