Identifying successful skilled-level hires with Talogy Modular System for Manufacturing

Automotive manufacturer improved hiring process for skilled-level positions

The situation


A large automotive manufacturer contracted with Talogy to help improve its hiring process for skilled-level manufacturing positions with a volume of over 10,000 job candidates across four locations. The hiring process includes an application, Talogy Modular System for Manufacturing (formerly known as Select Assessment® for Manufacturing (SAM)), technical tests, and interviews. Talogy was tasked with evaluating the effectiveness of the selection system and to seek continuous improvement and make the process work better by standardizing the assessment profile across locations and fine tuning the assessment profile to meet the organization’s new hiring needs. Validity of decisions was assessed, and adjustments were made to maximize validity, fairness, and efficiency.

The solution


Talogy Modular System for Manufacturing was utilized, which is an in-depth, online assessment that measures key competencies needed to be successful in the manufacturing industry. There are multiple measurement methods such as personality, cognitive ability, and situational judgment. There are also interactive simulations that are engaging to the applicants. The purpose of the study is to show that there is a statistical relationship between the competencies measured in Talogy Modular System for Manufacturing and actual performance on the job as rated by supervisors. Validity evidence shows that employees who score high on the assessment also tend to receive high job performance ratings.



Job performance was rated by supervisors. Specifically, the different domains of job performance included: task performance, contextual performance, and global rating. Task performance refers to performance on tasks specified in the job requirements, whereas contextual performance describes employees’ behaviors that are beneficial to the organization but outside of established job responsibilities. Global ratings assess the supervisor’s overall impression of the individual. Overall performance is a combination of these three domains.

The assessment was significantly and positively related to overall performance, task performance, contextual performance, and global rating. As shown in the graph, the bottom scorers are compared to the top scorers in terms of job performance ratings in percentile. Average performance is considered the 50th percentile. Top scorers on the assessment have noticeably higher job performance (above average) as compared to bottom scorers (below average).

performance ratings in percentile by assessment graph

In addition, supervisors provided ratings on counterproductive work behaviors (CWBs) that are detrimental to the organization’s goals, such as engaging in a verbal altercation with a coworker, ignoring company polices, and skipping work without notice. Top scorers are less likely to engage in CWBs. Specifically, there was a 56% decrease in number of CWBs when comparing bottom versus top scorers. There was a 33% decrease in safety incident involvement when comparing bottom and top scorers, as can be seen in the next graph.

number of cwbs by assessment result graph
percentage involvement of safety incidents by assessment result graph



Talogy Modular System for Manufacturing is predictive of job performance in this organization and accurately identifies high performing individuals in their skilled-level manufacturing positions. With this assessment, this organization benefits from a more productive workforce and reduced CWBs and safety incidents. This assessment is a valuable tool for hiring quality skilled-level manufacturing positions.