General Cognitive Ability refers to logical reasoning, the ability to learn and process information, form new insights, understand instructions, solve problems and discern meaning in confusion. This forms part of the core cognitive skills needed in almost all jobs, from blue collar to white collar jobs.  Sound research is backing the fact that general cognitive ability predicts work performance and job training in almost all jobs.

The advantages of hiring the person with a high cognitive ability include less time spent on guidance and giving instructions, explanations and supervision. Less likelihood of foreseen work injuries and damage to property and equipment.

The impact of poor cognitive ability in the workplace, could lead to high cost mistakes, work injuries and excessive sick-leave, accidents leading to loss of data or equipment, and slow employee work rates.

Reduce these risks in your company and make sure to hire the applicant with the best cognitive ability.

For every job though, the No.1 thing we look for is General Cognitive Ability, and it’s not IQ.  It’s learning ability.  It’s the ability to process on the fly.  It’s the ability to pull together disparate bits of information.


We have always said our goal is to hire smart people and then get out of their way and let them do their job.  If you see a problem that needs to be addressed, make a decision about what the next steps should be.

Michael Pryor, CEO of Trello

The Employment Equity Act, 55 of 1998, Section 8 states that any tests used for employment purposes must be scientifically valid and reliable, it should be applied fairly, and it should not be biased against any employee or group. HireBright only uses tests and testing methods which adheres to these regulations.

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