Despite all the talk of automation and robotics, no one knows exactly what the future’s workforce will look like. What people can say, however (indeed, what many say is common knowledge) is that the business world is changing dramatically: companies are leveraging more technology, relying more on independent contractors, and racing to keep up with customer demands that change as quickly as the trends on Twitter. All this makes recruiting tech talent even more difficult than it was already. Not only are employers struggling to identify and recruit the best candidates, they’re focused on candidates who can start performing as soon as they begin a new role, who will fit with team and company culture, and will understand how to communicate appropriately with both customers and colleagues. To better their chances of making correct hires the first time, more companies are turning to talent assessment tools. Assessments, said Will Kelly, a veteran tech recruiter who’s now national delivery director for the IT staffing firm Diversant, “can draw out those traits that not everyone with 4.0 average and a computer science background is going to have, and that certainly aren’t going to be readily identifiable in a phone screen or a face-to-face interview.” Besides making life easier for recruiters and hiring managers, assessments have tangible benefits, Kelly noted: By improving candidate selection, they help employers save recruiting dollars, increase retention, and build up company performance.