Why recruiters need to pay attention to Critical Thinking Ability when assessing potential candidates

The job of a recruiter is a difficult one as he/she needs to be constantly updating themselves as the world is changing at a rapid pace now more than ever before. The recruitment methods used by employers 100 years ago remained more or less unchanged for 70 years until the advent of computers and the internet 30 years ago. Ever since then, the skills needed not just to survive but thrive in the workplace have changed every 10 years. Now, with the advent of automation and artificial intelligence, the change in skill requirement is changing every 5 years and recruiters need to change their recruitment format along with it.

There are some reports that say that five years from now, over one-third of skills (35%) that are considered important in today’s workforce will have changed. Irrespective of what changes may come there are some skills that will always be considered important and Critical Thinking Ability is one of the top skill that will be a key metric which will be assessed during recruitment according to the Future of Jobs report from the World Economic Forum.

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Research conducted in recent years by Pearson, as well as by a variety of independent academics, has shown that people who score well on Critical Thinking assessment are also rated by their supervisors as having:

  • Good analysis and problem-solving skills.
  • Good judgment and decision making.
  • Good overall job performance.
  • The ability to evaluate the quality of information presented.
  • Job knowledge.
  • The potential to move up within the organization.

What is Critical Thinking Ability and why is there an increasing organizational interest in the importance of this ability in their employees?

Critical thinking is the ability to look at a situation and clearly understand it from multiple perspectives whilst separating facts from opinions and assumptions. In other words, someone who scores high in a Critical Thinking Ability test is most likely a good decision maker and problem solver.

The Watson-Glaser TM Critical Thinking Appraisal III from Pearson TalentLens is the golden standard for assessing critical thinking ability. It measures a candidate’s ability to Recognize Assumptions,  Evaluate Arguments, and Draw Logical Conclusions which are the three main criteria to judge a person’s critical thinking ability.  Learn more.



Bharath Iyer