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Many organizations have difficulty ascertaining the true capability of either internal or external job applicants.  They also have difficulty identifying the capability of employees and providing unbiased feedback regarding career development.  Talent Assessment is an effective tool for addressing these important issues.

What is Talent Assessment?

Assessment is a process for identifying and describing an individual’s unique characteristics in light of a given position’s requirements.  Just as no two people are exactly alike, no two positions have exactly the same requirements.  The Talent Assessment process describes a candidate with reference to a specific position, present or future.  This information aids the employer in selection, placement, and development decisions.  The objective is to help employees maximize their potential and, consequently, enhance organizational effectiveness.

  • Why Assess Talent?
  • AAI's Tailored Process
  • Benefits

Assessments can be useful for a number of applications:

  • Selection, Placement, and Promotion Decisions – Objectively assess the candidate’s capabilities compared to the position’s requirements.
  • Individual Career Counseling – The employee’s strengths and weaknesses are assessed relative to the employee’s specific job and career path.
  • Job Enrichment – Modifying job responsibilities to facilitate employee growth.
  • Organization Team-Building – To better utilize the strengths of present staff and to grow talent where necessary.
  • Development – Enhance development by increasing ability to fully utilize employee capacities.
  • Organization Effectiveness – Assessment provides an objective means of researching and identifying the precise capabilities that drive organizational success.

AAI’s process typically involves a tailored combination of the following components:

  • Competency Modeling.  We work with the employer to identify specifically those competencies that drive success for the target position.
  • Structured Interview.  We conduct a behavioral interview to identify the person’s capabilities with respect to relevant competencies.
  • Cognitive Ability Tests.  We assess cognitive ability with a range of verbal, numerical, and problem-solving tests.
  • Personality Inventories.  We assess behavioral styles, including leadership styles, interpersonal styles, and emotional styles.
  • Role-Play Simulations.  If appropriate, we conduct role-play simulations to assess real-world leadership capabilities.
  • Precise definition of the competencies that drive job success—assuring that you can target those behaviors that truly drive superior performance.
  • Hiring superior talent—because the most competent candidates are identified through an objective assessment process.
  • Developing Capability/Bench Strength—enabling the organization to meet future talent needs.