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How Can Data Help You to Compare Candidates?

28th March 2020

Data driven recruitment methods enable you to compare candidates in a way that is impossible using traditional recruitment methods. Using psychometric testing, such as that provided by Big 5 Assessments, provides you with a wealth of data on prospective candidates, therefore enabling you to compare candidates to find the best quality hire for your company.

Benchmarks are a valuable tool…

Comparing candidates is never an easy task, even with data from psychometric testing. This is where benchmarking comes in. Benchmarks are simply a template for the ideal candidate. Having a benchmark enables you to compare candidates to this ideal candidate template, thus assisting you in basing your recruitment decisions upon valid data. Big 5 Assessments have over 150 pre-existing benchmarks, for a range of occupations, to choose from. After a candidate has completed a psychometric test through Big 5 Assessments, you will be provided with a percentage fit, based upon the benchmark you have chosen.

Benchmarks can be bespoke too.

Different companies have different specifications for their ‘ideal candidate’ and therefore it is important that benchmarks can be adapted for the needs of any company. In order to do this, you might wish to use data about current high-quality employees within your company to make the benchmark bespoke for you. At Big 5 Assessments, we like to call this a ‘secret sauce’!


By comparing all candidates against a single benchmark you are able to gain numerical figures to support your hiring decision, in addition to plenty of information gained about the soft-skills candidates possess. Benchmarks enable you to see a percentage ‘fit’ for each candidate, thus ranking them in order of how closely they meet the ideal candidate criteria. This removes biases and ‘gut-feelings’ from the recruitment process, therefore ensuring a quality hire.

About the Author:

Nikky van Bommel is the Marketing Director for Big 5 Assessments and has worked in the Psychometric Testing industry for over 10 years. Nikky is responsible for all marketing and social media for the organisation.

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