Assessing Talent

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What are Assessments and how can they be used? The advantages and best practice of Assessment Processes.

Some of the most important decisions for an organisation are its ‘people’ decisions, who are at the heart of organisational success. People are the driving force of innovation and progression, and in the current market it is more important than ever for organisations to continually develop to maintain their relevance and competitive position. Assessments help organisations to achieve this through better decisions in hiring, placing and developing people; ensuring the alignment of talent with the business objectives and vision for the future. In this research, we have worked to understand the advantages that assessments bring to organisations, in order for them to be used effectively and to facilitate the continual growth and development of organisations.

By combining our experience of working in talent and assessment for 20 years with research into best-in-practice techniques, this paper presents an objective view into the use of assessments within organisations. We looked at currently used assessment tools and techniques and conducted interviews with global organisations, to understand the benefits that organisations can leverage through the use of assessments.

Zircon’s review into assessing talent found that:

  • Effective assessment helps organisations make better ‘people’ decisions during the recruitment, selection, development and retention of talent.

  • The benefits accrued from using assessments in selection and recruitment include: increased success of new hires, assurance that individuals are the right fit for the organisation and the role, greater performance and productivity, organisational financial gain and improved brand and impact.

  • Assessments have continuous advantages in employee learning so that the workforce has the right skills to be successful. They assist organisations to streamline employee development, retain top talent, help in career planning, and target areas for improvement in the organisation.

  • Organisations must have a clear talent and assessment tool and strategy in order to progress and be successful.


The white paper covers areas such as:

  • What is assessment?

  • What methods of assessment are there?

  • What is the value of assessment in selection and development?

  • How can organisations select the most appropriate assessment methods?

  • What do organisations need to consider when implementing assessments?

  • Implications, the future of assessments, and recommendations


Please click here to download our Assessing Talent publication and the following previous Zircon publications:

 Winning Attitudes

 Inspirational Presence

HR and Talent in the 21st Century

The Future of Talent Management


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