Most HR professionals are familiar with the use of assessments as a recruiting tool. There has been some debate about the applicability of these tools beyond "commodity" workers. At Gartner, we started using assessments for hiring salespeople within the past year (it has been very successful).
I received the notification today that we will use assessments for hiring analysts. We are starting the process of developing profiles (i.e., predictive models) for analysts. I think this will be a fascinating test case for the use of assessments for a knowledge-worker type of job. I will have to be somewhat stingy about the details I post here on our progress. This is competitive advantage stuff for us so I cannot give it all away. However, I will tell what I can as the initiative progresses.