Hiring an unsuitable candidate for a job is usually not only a costly and time-wasting exercise, it can also result in lower productivity, damaged customer relationships and a lot of stress – for employer, employee and other members of staff. Research indicates that replacing an employee can cost up to 150% of their annual salary.

Now, Onetest Express, an online pre-employment testing service, is being launched in the UK for businesses and other organisations looking to hire the best job candidates quickly, efficiently and affordably. Onetest has conducted millions of assessments for thousands of clients in Australia.

Large organisations in both the private and public sector have come to rely on pre-employment assessments as the most effective and objective way to identify the best candidates for jobs. Such tests tell employers what they need to know, not just what candidates want to share with them.

Because of high costs, lengthy set-up and complex administration requirements, it is mainly large organisations with big HR budgets and dedicated HR resources that have been able to afford and handle sophisticated pre-employment assessments. Consulting firms typically charge thousands of pounds for this kind of service. Smaller companies have often regarded objective candidate assessment reports as ‘nice-to-have’, but beyond their financial reach.

Onetest offers this capability to businesses of all sizes and across a range of sectors, without any complex sign-up arrangements, accreditation fees and unwieldy administration. Tests cost between £60 and £95 and employers using the service are not burdened with the overhead of accreditation and expensive training.

Candidates can be tested through a variety of psychometric assessments, including cognitive ability, behavioural profile, safety attitudes, reliability and integrity, and emotional intelligence. These are delivered through a simple and intuitive ‘cloud’ based system.

“These tests may be used by any organisation looking to recruit better quality people who are most suited to the position and will be more productive in their work,” says Onetest’s Simon Trigg. “Individual tests also provide employers with a very good steer on aspects of their personality and skills such as being safer or more reliable, or indeed both.”

“Ultimately the aims are to lower recruitment costs, increase the likelihood of better quality hires, reduce employee turnover and increase profitability.”

Onetest Express is an entirely automated process that handles all of the email communication, including invitations, reminders for candidates, collection of answers, collation of results and reports for employer and candidates. As soon as a candidate has completed the assessment, the result is emailed instantly to the potential employer. Employers can also log into their account at any time to check a candidate’s progress, look at their results and also access extensive support offered by Onetest.

Onetest reports make it easy to identify the right candidates. The individual candidate report displays their results for all assessments in a single document so that employers need not wade through piles of reports. A position report ranks all candidates for a position on their overall suitability for a role.

Candidates themselves also receive immediate feedback reports, which is important, as feedback can often be overlooked during the selection process. Without feedback, candidates can feel bemused at the whole process; by receiving feedback, they feel employers are taking them seriously, even if not selected. This improves the candidate experience and supports the employer’s brand.

All of the reports are designed by Onetest’s team of in-house expert psychologists and are easy to understand while giving employers the insights they need to make informed hiring decisions.

Onetest has been operating in the Australian market since 1999 and has developed a strong portfolio of clients, including the Australian Government, BDO, Arup, Pepsico, Deloitte, Manpower, and several banks and telecoms companies.

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