What is Inductive Reasoning?

By Breanne on

Inductive (or abstract) reasoning, is the ability to analyze information and solve problems on an intricate, thought-based level.

Completing an abstract reasoning assessment as part of the selection process provides a picture of candidates’ fluid intelligence – this is the ability to think clearly and make sense of complexity.

Fluid intelligence differs from crystallized intelligence – this is a measure of the knowledge and skills acquired through experience; for example, at school/college or in a job.

Many theorists believe you are born with fluid intelligence and that you cannot develop it to any great extent. In addition, having high crystallized intelligence does not necessarily mean you have high fluid intelligence.

Measuring abstract reasoning provides a clear indication of your candidates’ fluid or general intelligence – this provides a good barometer of their general ability to solve problems and complex tasks.


RAVEN’S APM Ravens-example

RAVEN’S Progressive Matrices assessment is an industry wide measure of inductive (abstract) reasoning, helping to identify individuals with advanced observation and clear thinking skills who can handle the complexity of the modern workplace.

RAVEN’S offers information about someone’s capacity for analyzing and solving problems, their abstract reasoning and their ability to learn.

In addition, it reduces cultural bias with a non verbal approach (pictured), making it ideal for global settings.

It is available as an online item bank or in paper format.

Learn more about the benefits of assessing candidates with Raven’s.

Learn why employers measure inductive reasoning.

Editor’s Note: This blog post was adapted from the TalentLens UK Blog.

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