Candidate hiring is gaining ground, doubling in the last five years. However, its effectiveness is suspect. There is no competitive advantage that can be gained through a better hiring process; we have no lock on getting the ‘best and brightest’. It’s what you do once you hire the person that creates organizational success. Through alignment (and collaboration), empowerment and development, your employees will contribute to their own and your success.
Like ‘training’ where 85 percent is not used back on the job, personality/cognitive/behavioral assessments are wasted because managers don’t know what to do the results. They tend to allow cooperation and effective communication if it doesn’t jeopardize their status; they tend to manage the way they want to be managed (or have been managed) out of habit; they tend to teach job requirements the way they as students would want to be taught. They tend not to adapt to their staff.