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.