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Aren't Psychometric Assessments A Waste of Time and Money?

In today's competitive business world, private equity (PE) firms are constantly searching for ways to improve their investment strategies and maximize their returns. One key factor that can significantly impact the success of a PE portfolio is the talent of the company's C-suite executives. To ensure that the right executives are in place, many PE firms are turning to psychometric evaluation tools. In this blog post, we will explore three reasons why using these tools is critical to the success of PE portfolio companies.

  1. Assessing Key Leadership Competencies

Psychometric evaluations can be used to assess key leadership competencies such as decision-making, strategic thinking, and communication skills. These assessments provide objective data that can be used to identify strengths and weaknesses of potential C-suite candidates, and determine whether they possess the skills necessary to lead the company to success.

A study conducted by Hogan Assessments found that companies that used psychometric assessments to evaluate their executives were more likely to have high-performing leaders. The study also found that these leaders were more likely to be successful in driving company growth and profitability (Hogan Assessments, 2021).

  1. Ensuring Cultural Fit

Another benefit of using psychometric evaluations is the ability to assess cultural fit. The culture of a company is an important factor in determining its success, and it is essential that C-suite executives share the values and vision of the company. Psychometric evaluations can be used to assess a candidate's personality traits, values, and work style, which can help determine whether they are a good fit for the company culture.

A study by Deloitte found that cultural fit is a key factor in driving employee engagement and productivity. The study also found that employees who fit well with the company culture were more likely to stay with the company long-term, reducing turnover and associated costs (Deloitte, 2021).

  1. Mitigating Risks

Finally, using psychometric evaluations can help mitigate risks associated with hiring the wrong C-suite executives. Hiring the wrong executive can have a significant impact on a company's performance, reputation, and bottom line. By using psychometric evaluations to assess potential candidates, PE firms can reduce the risk of hiring executives who are not a good fit for the company or who do not possess the necessary skills and competencies to lead the company to success.

A study by PwC found that hiring the wrong executive can cost a company up to 15 times the executive's salary in lost productivity and other costs. The study also found that companies that used psychometric evaluations were more likely to make successful executive hires (PwC, 2021).

In conclusion, the use of psychometric evaluation tools for evaluating C-suite talent at private equity portfolio companies is critical to the success of the portfolio. By assessing key leadership competencies, ensuring cultural fit, and mitigating risks, PE firms can increase the likelihood of hiring successful executives who will drive company growth and profitability.


Deloitte. (2021). Cultural fit: The secret sauce that can supercharge your business. 

Hogan Assessments. (2021). The business case for executive assessment. 

PwC. (2021). The cost of a bad hire: It's more than you think.