Are More Hospitals Adopting Pre-Hire Personality Tests?

According to Psychology Today, about 80% of Fortune 500 companies use personality tests to assess potential and current employees to make hiring, team building, and developmental decisions.

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Select International's website.

80% is a big number but not surprising or out of line with what we see, anecdotally. We rarely run into a large, sophisticated company that isn’t using SOME type of personality-based testing. They may not use them consistently. They may not use them at all levels of the organization, or they may only use them for one function – hiring OR development, but not both.

When we began working in healthcare a decade ago, the data we saw was that around 30% of healthcare organizations were using personality-based behavioral competency tests. I thought that estimate was actually pretty high. I’d worked with over 200 hospitals/systems at that point in my career and progressive talent strategies and tools were rare.

So, where are we today? The data is spotty, at best, but our estimate is that at least 50% of medium to large healthcare organizations are taking advantage of these tools. In fact, I had an interesting experience this week at a conference. I met with HR leaders from twenty different systems and 50% seems about the right number. Click here to continue>>

 

 

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