Liberal Studies


The use of behavioral assessment tools, in the hiring process, has become a common practice for many private and public employers with the goal of finding the right fit for their organization and reducing employee turnover. This study re-examines the use of behavioral assessment tools for employee selection. Through secondary analysis, and evaluating the hiring data of a local municipality who uses these tools as part of their hiring process, I was able to determine the effectiveness of behavioral assessments in candidate selection. Although behavioral assessment tools can add great value to an organization, their low validity and unsupported claims of return on investment, call into question their use in the hiring process. I have concluded that behavioral assessment tools are more useful for employee self-awareness, teambuilding, and succession planning, and should not be used in candidate selection.