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Validation Studies

Bring clarity and accuracy to your hiring process through a scientific analysis of job-performance drivers.

To gauge candidates’ potential for success in a particular job at a particular company with the absolute highest degree of accuracy and specificity possible, you need a Validation Study. It’s a comprehensive approach that scientifically maps the Caliper Profile to the role’s unique combination of job requirements, bringing tremendous value as a tool that can be used enterprise-wide for important volume positions (such as Branch Manager or Territory Sales Representative).

To complete such a study, Caliper’s experts conduct a thorough job analysis, collect a broad sample of Caliper Profile results, and gather objective performance data about people who currently hold the position.

We then evaluate the findings through the use of complex statistical formulas. Once this process has been completed, we build a scientifically based model of success that aligns potential, behavior, and results. The client receives a fully customized report that is specific to a role.

The end result of a Validation Study is a custom-reporting format that integrates an applicant’s motivations, competencies, and behavioral tendencies with the performance requirements for the role.

More about the deliverable: We custom build and upload an industry-unique report that is available only to your organization whenever you assess an applicant for the role we analyzed. It typically includes a numeric score to identify your applicant’s job fit relative to the ideal-performer model.

The model of potential, behavior, and results will provide the basis for an accurate and effective process for making selection, hiring, succession, and development decisions, and the performance requirements used in a study will align with your company’s strategies.

The Benefits of a Validation Study:

  • Link Caliper Profile results to the expected outcomes and tasks required for success in a role
  • Illustrate the tasks and personality traits most closely related to high performance and focus on closing gaps between current performance and what is required to meet goals
  • Enable Caliper to collect performance data related to your company’s goals and tie the information directly to our services, so you receive a positive return on your investment
  • Ensure that your hiring practices are fully compliant with EEOC, ADA, and other legal protocols related to effective and fair hiring and promotion practices

To learn more about Validation Studies and other high-level talent-management options, use the contact form on this page.

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Many smaller companies lack the internal resources to develop effective applicant-screening tools or to identify future leaders. As a result, they seek help from talent-development firms that provide access to the scientifically validated performance competencies often used today for measuring performance potential of job candidates and existing staff.

However, many larger organizations have put effort and money into developing their own competencies, performance indicators, or “values” they expected their employees to demonstrate.  These companies may be hesitant to partner with an outside firm, perhaps assuming their internal criteria are unique and that trying to collaborate with consultants will only lead to confusion and redundancy. In actuality, such organizations are only getting very limited benefit from the criteria they developed, as they are unlikely to have a formalized measuring and reporting system in place to ensure their applicants and employees indeed meet those criteria.

Which is why it’s ultimately more cost-effective and strategically beneficial to partner with that talent-development firm, provided that firm offers competency mapping.

Competency mapping is a process whereby the consulting firm’s experts convert a client company’s performance criteria into standardized competencies.

“With a thorough understanding of a client’s existing competencies and definitions—and how they relate to the company’s strategic goals—we are able to align those competencies to our Competency Library through a mapping procedure,” says Tara Gullans, an IO Psychologist with Caliper. “Many clients have benefited from this method because it allows them to take advantage of Caliper’s validated competency formulas without having to tear down their existing framework.”

The result is enterprise-wide consistency in assessing applicants while still retaining the performance criteria and terminology familiar to current managers and HR staff. Companies also gain the advantage of unified reporting, as Caliper has the report-building technology and expertise to present the findings in a customer-friendly format.

Gullans points out, though, that not every performance indicator will match 100 percent to a Caliper competency.

“Competency mapping is a complex scientific process.  If a client’s internal performance criteria are especially unusual and make mapping difficult, we can dig even deeper and build trait formulas that match their competencies and language.”

Given that this trait-validation approach is such an involved and time-consuming process, Gullans suggests it should be employed only for specific, high-volume positions rather than for general use across an entire population of employees.

Think of taking a trip to a foreign country where you don’t speak the local tongue. Wouldn’t it be great to have a universal translator that simulates a common language everyone understands equally? When it comes to assessing employees and applicants relative to their key performance indicators, competency mapping functions almost the same way, helping to improve standardization and consistency across your enterprise.

For more information about Caliper’s employee-assessment tools, performance competencies, and other talent-management services, call us at 609-524-1200 or use the contact page.