Target Training International's Research Finds Single Screening not as Accurate as Multiple Assessments

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New research from Target Training International shows companies can amp up accurate hiring, retention by using several behaviors, motivators and skills assessments.

One assessment or hiring screening does little to boost retention.

As assessments are combined, the accuracy of hiring a person with a specific set of skills increases.

“This research proves using multiple assessments to benchmark a job or hire an individual is more effective than using just one assessment as was assumed in the past." - Dr. Ron Bonnstetter

Single Screening Not As Accurate As Multiple Assessments
Research shows companies can amp accurate hiring, retention by using several screenings

New research from Target Training International, Ltd. (TTI) has for the first time demonstrated the value of using multiple assessments to more accurately predict and identify ideal candidates or rising stars. Prior to this research, it was commonly believed using one general behavioral assessment for hiring, retention and development was just as accurate as multiple assessments.

“This research empirically proves using multiple assessments to benchmark a job or hire an individual is much more effective than using just one assessment for selection as was assumed in the past,” said Dr. Ron J. Bonnstetter, vice president of research and development for TTI, and the co-leader of the study. “This means companies that use more than one screening tools are essentially saving time, money and resources by doing so because they are targeting the correct individuals.”

Using an analysis of multiple variables, which involves observations and analysis of more than one statistical variable at a time, TTI analyzed its database of 176 serial entrepreneurs. The goal was to determine which assessment or combination of assessments would most effectively and reliably identify serial entrepreneurs.

The variables tested included a DISC (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness or Compliance) screening, TTI’s motivators evaluation and a soft skills assessment. Using DISC alone, serial entrepreneurs were correctly identified 60 percent of the time. Using motivators alone, serial entrepreneurs were correctly identified 59 percent of the time. Using both DISC and motivators, accuracy went up to over 80 percent. Adding soft skills to DISC and motivators assessments, the success rate rocketed to 92 percent.

“This research is significant because it continues to move the soft science of behavioral screening into a hard science territory, which is part of our objective at TTI,” Dr. Bonnstetter said. “It is our goal to quantify and validate using data, brain research and community research collaborations, the science behind behavior assessments is quite sound.”

Dr. Bonnstetter reports additional multivariate analysis will be conducted on other unique groups, such as sales people, leaders and entrepreneurial-minded engineers.

Leading this study were Dr. Bonnstetter, Bill J. Bonnstetter, chairman of TTI; and statistician Zach Sheffler.

About Target Training International, Ltd.
Target Training International, Ltd. has been pioneering research into superior performance since 1984, providing cutting edge insights into human behavior, communication and workplace attitudes and performance. TTI is the world’s leading developer of research-based, validated assessment and coaching tools that enable Fortune 500 companies to effectively meet their human resources needs. Its related company, TTI Performance Systems, puts assessments and reports to work in more than 90 countries and in 40 languages. TTI develops thought leadership in the realms of brain science, entrepreneurism, education and human interaction. For more information, go to http://www.ttiresearch.com, connect @ttiresearch or call 800-869-6900.

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Emily Soccorsy
480.326.5590
emily.soccorsy(at)ttiltd(dot)com

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