Cognitive Targets

Interpreting and adjusting the Cognitive Target

Adjusting the Cognitive Target is an important decision. Before doing so, be sure you understand the basis for the target itself, starting with the competencies and the ranges that make up its foundation.

Make sure you have a strong understanding of the job’s requirements before you make any changes.

How to interpret the Cognitive Target

Your Cognitive Target is based on the level of each skill required to perform the role effectively. Options include:

Not critical in this role: job can be performed effectively without this skill

Basic: minimal or beginner’s level of this skill required to perform the job effectively

Intermediate: moderate amount of this skill required to perform the job effectively

Advanced: advanced mastery of this skill required to perform the job effectively

How to override the Cognitive Target

To proceed with overriding the target:

  1. Log in to PI Hire.
  2. Select the relevant job from the Hiring Center.
  3. You’ll land on the Job Target tab for that job.
  4. Select “Cognitive Target” on the left-hand side.
  5. Click the “Manually Override” button within the purple info box.
  6. Once selected, you will see a message that reads: “This role has been modified and may not be reflective of our recommendation.”
  7. Adjust the target as needed.
  8. Confirm by clicking “Save changes.”

Other factors influencing the Cognitive Target

The complexity of the job is represented by a numerical scale. What does each range mean?

Your ideal candidate will fall at or above the target. This is the minimum level of ability required to perform the requirements of the role.

[Complexity level]:

100-150Minimal complexityWe do not recommend using the Cognitive Assessment for this role due to the limited level of complexity.
160-230Some complexityThis role involves some complexity, but mostly consists of routine tasks. This role might include resolving common errors, or maintaining processes and programs.
240-320Moderate complexityThis role involves a balanced amount of complex and routine tasks. These might include occasional creative problem solving, or diagnosing errors.
330-410High complexityThis role regularly involves complex work. This might include managing budgets or large-scale organizational planning.
420-450Extreme complexityThis role involves constant high-demand work. This might include mathematical modeling, highly ambiguous situations, or writing complicated code.

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