The countdown is over. TechRepublic’s article “Aptitude tests help managers hire the best candidates” was the most read story in the IT Manager community in 1999. And it’s no wonder: Virtually every hiring manager is scrambling to fill essential, tech-based jobs, and lots of them are speeding up the process by testing applicants before they even interview.
We discovered that Tek.Xam, a test that measures tech savvy, may funnel large numbers of liberal arts majors into IT jobs once they graduate from college.
Human resources experts recommend a general aptitude test for knowledge-based positions. They say mental ability is the most important factor in hiring, and the skills needed for a specific position can be taught. It’s important, however, that the hiring manager look at other areas, especially honesty, personality, and attitude.
Now that we’ve named the number 1 article in the Manager Republic, it’s time to read up on the rest of the best.
- · Number 5: “Take no prisoners: Send your new hires to boot camp”
- · Number 4: “Apply branding principals to build your career in IT”
- · Number 3: “E-Commerce: Start small and learn fast”
- · Number 2: “Should I ask my client for a job? And how can I make the most of my MBA?”
How are you using aptitude tests?
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