What is an assessment matrix?

Structured framework

In recruitment, an assessment matrix is a tool used to evaluate and compare candidates during the hiring process. It is a structured framework that helps recruiters and hiring managers assess candidates based on predetermined criteria and skills relevant to the job. The matrix typically includes a list of key competencies, qualifications, or attributes essential for success in the role.

Here are the general steps involved in creating and using an assessment matrix.


Identify key criteria

Determine the specific criteria, skills, and competencies that are crucial for success in the position. These may include technical skills, soft skills, experience, education, and other qualifications.

Define rating levels

Establish a clear set of rating levels or scales for each criterion. Common scales include numerical ratings (e.g., 1 to 5) or descriptive labels (e.g., "poor," "average," "excellent").

Assign weights

Assign weights to each criterion based on its importance to the role. This helps prioritise certain skills or qualifications over others in the overall evaluation.

Create a matrix

Organise the identified criteria, rating levels, and weights into a matrix format. Each candidate's performance is assessed against these criteria, and scores are recorded in the matrix.

Evaluate candidates

During the interview or assessment process, use the matrix to objectively evaluate each candidate's performance. Recruiters and hiring managers can record observations and assign scores based on the predetermined criteria.

Aggregate scores

Sum or average the scores for each candidate to obtain an overall assessment. This can be used to compare candidates and make informed decisions about who best fits the requirements of the position.

Facilitate decision-making

The assessment matrix provides a structured and systematic approach to decision-making. It helps ensure that hiring decisions are based on a comprehensive evaluation of candidates against key criteria.


By using an assessment matrix, organisations can enhance the objectivity and consistency of their hiring processes. It also provides a transparent method for communicating with stakeholders about the rationale behind hiring decisions.

What is an assessment matrix?

Assessment matrix template

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Management experience

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Communication, leadership and mentoring skills

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Experience dealing with clients and handling issues

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Competencies - Technical

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Customer focus

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KPIs - Quantitative

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Working within set budgets

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Building strong client relationships

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Personal responsibility

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Energy and enthusiasm

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