Why are assessments important?
The key to all this is the aptitude of personnel and their expertise in performing given job roles efficiently. Though there is not much customer interface associated with this industry, it has roles which need lot of technical expertise which is best measured holistically through the use of scientifically designed assessments rather than through personal interviews.
What are the job roles for which assessments are used?
Assessments have traditionally been used in this industry for selecting maintenance personnel like engineers by objectively measuring their domain knowledge. Specific assessments on CAD /CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) engineering and design engineering, have also been deployed to select personnel for critical job roles. Again only thorough experts in the assessments space can develop these high-end assessments.
What are the skills required?
Most skilled shop-floor job roles demand a thorough understanding of the subject along with high analytical abilities, attention to detail, learning ability and problem-solving skills. This is critical in such roles with a zero “error tolerance”.
What are the assessments used?
Skilled shop-floor employees & are being used to hire people for designing roles as well. The assessments of skilled shop floor employees rides on assessment suites containing analytical tests along with engineering tests for specific subject disciplines like electrical, electronics and mechanical engineering. More specialised assessments can also be used for testing candidates in specific areas like CAD/CAM.
Skills assessments can be made on parameters like numerical ability and attention to detail, which assume importance for roles on the shop-floor. Some companies also use psychometric assessments to gauge the employees’ capabilities to handle stress and monotony.