Employers often use pre-employment testing to screen job applicants. A post-offer employment test (POET) can help determine if the candidate you want to hire can safely perform the physical demands and essential functions of the job. Unlike a pre-employment physical, which is a medical examination to determine overall fitness, a POET is specific to the tasks of the job for which a candidate is being considered.
In keeping with ADA and EEOC requirements, a POET can be administered only after you have made a formal job offer to an individual. Similar to drug testing, employment is contingent on successfully passing the POET assessment.
POET testing criteria are based on the same job demand analysis metrics used to create the job description. That ensures the POET for that particular job is 100% consistent, from one candidate to another, and from one job site to another. This is especially important for employers with multiple regional or national facilities.
Those who use POETs achieve an average 47% fewer workers’ compensation injuries and three times higher retention rates than those who don’t.