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Select for Learning agility. It’s now rocketing up the list of ‘must haves’ in new hires!

Select for Learning agility. It’s now rocketing up the list of ‘must haves’ in new hires!

The heat is on for organizations in the digital age. They are feeling increased pressure of competition and technological change, with the need to be agile, customer-centric and adaptive whenever the landscape changes. They need to adapt or perish and to do so they need a workforce that will be versatile and capable of working with these shifts.

Learning agility is a hot topic amongst learning and development professionals – this is because people who can learn quickly, adapt their existing knowledge and skills to unfamiliar situations, and grasp new concepts are the people with the versatility to grow and adapt with the organization. Indeed – they are the people who will power the growth of the organization.

Learning agility has been top of mind for some time when it comes to selecting people from within for leadership development and managerial programs. But what is becoming more and more apparent, is the need to ensure there is ‘agile talent’ in the pipeline – at every level of the organization.

But what is a cost effective and accurate way to get a handle on learning agility in pre-employment assessment contexts?

Focusing on mental agility in the selection process is a great starting point!

There is widespread agreement that mental agility in the form of high working memory capacity is a key component of learning agility. Mentally agile people are very good at working with concepts and ideas, and are adept at identifying solutions to difficult problems, dealing with complexity and making fresh connections between seemingly unrelated information.

ebilities provides a cost effective and accurate way to assess a job applicant’s mental agility. Unlike traditional tests, each ebilities test question is completed under time pressure whereby an answer has to be given within a “cut-off” time, requiring quick thinking and problem solving.

And because ebilities tests also measure cognitive confidence, the assessments provide insights into the aspects of learning agility that relate self awareness and willingness to put new learning into practice in first-time situations

Want to know more? Contact us for more information about how you can identify agile learners using ebilities MAS tests.

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