Pre-hire assessments for healthcare staff

ThriveMap’s skills testing helps you to:

  • Hire the right people with the right skills
  • Reduce the cost-to hire
  • Prevent attrition

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Staffing is always top of the list of challenges for healthcare companies.

Beyond the tangible costs of recruitment, hiring, and training, organisations are having to cope with interim staffing expenditures and navigate a drop in productivity as new hires get up to speed.

Moreover, the impact is also felt on existing staff, who can encounter a morale dip, often exacerbated by compensation disparities with interim personnel. The solution is hiring right, the first time around and preventing new hire churn.


The cost to replace an unskilled healthcare worker is typically six to nine months of their salary. For specialised professionals, it can be up to 200% of their annual salary.


Patients lose trust in their healthcare provider when they see many staff changes and feel they aren’t getting the best care, harming the provider’s reputation.


In 2022, turnover rates for segments of the healthcare industry ranged from 19.5% at hospitals to 65% for at-home care providers to 94% at nursing homes.

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Why use bespoke pre-employment assessments in healthcare

Healthcare jobs are not all the same. As such, generic assessments don’t work in this sector. ThriveMap works with companies in a range of different industries to create bespoke assessments that model the skills and competencies required to thrive in your unique environment.

Tests often involve a combination of behavioural questions to measure attributes like resilience and empathy. They often also include skills-based questions to measure essential attributes such as attention to detail, written and verbal communication.

In recent years we’ve seen the emergence of technology-literacy questions to measure whether candidates can cope with operating computer systems. ThriveMap’s approach to this is to typically involve simulating the tasks that people find challenging when in the role and designing realistic scenarios and tasks. This has been proven to be more effective than generic tests at establishing whether candidates will be able to perform the tasks your roles demand.

The benefits of skills-based testing for entry-level healthcare roles

  1. Enhance new hire retention: Increase retention rates by ensuring new hires are well-suited and prepared for their roles from day one.
  2. Boost workforce productivity: Hire more productive workers by identifying candidates with the right skills and capabilities.
  3. Accelerate recruitment: Save valuable time in the recruitment process by quickly pinpointing the best candidates.
  4. Eliminate hiring bias: Reduce hiring bias through objective, skills-based evaluations, promoting a fair and diverse workplace.
  5. Ensure hiring consistency: Improve hiring consistency with standardised assessments that ensure every candidate is evaluated on the same criteria.

What candidates say about our assessments:

“The assessment was great. It really got me thinking about what I’d be doing in the role”

“The entire application process was flawless. The assessment portal was easy to use, and the questions were meaningful.”

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“The assessment gave me confidence I have the skills to do a great job.”

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“I opted out after taking the assessment because it wasn’t the type of role I feel comfortable with. I’m glad I found this out early.”

Where to use assessments in the recruitment process for healthcare staff?

When recruiting low or unskilled healthcare staff its best to use assessments at the top of the recruitment funnel, automatically after job application to identify which candidates to prioritise in the applicant pool for faster, more effective hiring.

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At ThriveMap, we’ve been collaborating with Sodexo to transform the pre-employment assessment process for healthcare roles. This partnership aims to enhance hiring efficiency, improve candidate quality, and ultimately ensure better patient care.

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See how our pre-employment assessments bridge the gap by providing a comprehensive evaluation of candidates’ capabilities and fit for the role.

Why use ThriveMap’s skills testing?

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Combining the most predictive selection methods into one assessment, ThriveMap’s Realistic Job Assessments take candidates through the experience of a working day in the role in your company – giving you and them a better picture of suitability from the outset.


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