Today, the job market is competitive, and the pace of business is accelerating. Because of this, many companies turn to staffing agencies to help them find the right employees quickly.

Employers engage staffing agencies to find full-time, part-time, temporary, or contract employees. Staffing agencies range from general placements, covering numerous types of jobs across multiple industries to specialized placement, like those in the technology or health industries.

In 2018, staffing agencies employed an average of 3.23 million temporary and contract workers weekly, according to the American Staffing Association. From just these two types of placements, the staffing industry experienced $138.5 billion in sales, up 3.4% from 2017. No question staffing firms are a big industry. But how can staffing agencies continue to grow by increasing their placement rates?

Let’s look at how pre-employment assessments can bolster staffing firms, taking them to the next level.

Relying on just a resume can often be a risky business. According to CNBC, 75% of human resources professionals have uncovered lies on candidates’ resumes. However, by incorporating skills assessments into your recruitment, you can objectively measure a candidate’s hard and soft skills, determining whether they are the right fit for placement.

When assessing candidates, you can implement standard pre-employment assessment tests, such as specific job industry tests, situational judgment tests, or general mental ability assessments. For example, depending on the company or industry for which your recruiting, you can test candidates for skills such as attention to detail or technical writing skills. Further, you can test office skills, such as Microsoft or Adobe competency. Finally, you can check for specific skills for different fields, such as assessing skills for the medical or legal industries.

According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workplace Learning Report, recruiting for soft skills was the number one priority in 2018 for talent developers. As artificial intelligence and automation consume more common, rote tasks, to be successful, employees need to develop their soft skills, such as adaptability and critical thinking. Staffing agencies can gain a competitive edge by validating that they are placing candidates who can not only perform job skills but can also bring developed soft skills to the table.

Reduce Your Time to Hire

By fully understanding your candidates and their abilities, you can streamline your time to hire, increasing candidate placement. With pre-employment skills testing, staffing firms can improve time to hire while reducing recruiting costs.

Companies using eSkill assessments have found that they can reduce the cost of hiring by 70% and time to hire by 60% by using pre-employment tests in all phases of the job selection process.

In a competitive job landscape, qualified candidates aren’t waiting long to get an interview—or an offer. The most talented candidates may have multiple interviews or job offers, potentially signing on with your competition if you drag your feet. Interviewing, assessing, and hiring strong candidates efficiently is critical.

With pre-employment assessments, you’ll know if candidates are qualified before their first day on the job.

Maintain Consistency and Reduce Bias

By incorporating assessment tests into your recruitment processes, you’re bolstering your objectivity in hiring. For example, by identifying essential skills and abilities through pre-employment assessment tests, you ensure that a process is being followed. An interviewer isn’t getting off track. You’re not treating candidates differently based on where they grew up or where they went to school. Your recruitment provides consistency across all applicants, allowing you to make better placement decisions.

Additionally, pre-employment skills testing can limit or reduce bias in your recruitment process. Assessment tests give you reliable, objective results, reducing human explicit or implicit preferences. By implementing assessment tests into your hiring process allows you to increase successful placement by predicting job performance and fit for your clients.

Learn How eSkill Can Help

To increase your candidate placement rates, you can combine skills tests, behavioral assessments, and video interviews into a seamless candidate experience. You can customize your assessments based on your clients or on a specific industry, giving you objective insight into the best-suited talent. Additionally, with eSkill, you’ll get expert advice and 24-hour tech support.

eSkill’s assessment catalog is the broadest in the industry and covers areas such as Engineering, Customer Service, IT, Retail, Business Administration, Call Center, Industrial, Healthcare, plus many other industries.

eSkill’s skills tests have been used by Adecco, Express Employment Solutions, Amazon, 1-800 Contacts, Spotify, and Orvis, and many more.

Request a demo and see how eSkill can innovate your recruiting and accelerate placement rates.

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