How to navigate recruitment tests
As a job seeker, you may have experienced some level of anxiety when you learn about recruitment tests that may be required. Maybe you worry about not knowing what to expect from the test itself, what computer programs you would need to have and how you will perform.
Some employers utilize pre-employment tests as a common practice to determine suitability or desirability of a job applicant. The practice allows them to screen candidates on specific skills required for the job they are hiring. If the applicant’s score meets the job performance criteria, then the employer moves forward with the selection process, usually to the interview phase.
According to the article “Skills Assessment Tests: What You Need to Know”, posted by the Indeed Editorial Team, there are various types of assessment tests including technical skills, cognitive ability, personality characteristics, work sample and the interview itself. Technical skills assessment tests measure your technical knowledge needed for the position you applied for. For example, if you are applying for an administrative assistant position the employer wants to learn about your proficiency with Microsoft Office. Or if you are applying for an accounting or human resources position, they may want to know your knowledge of specific software designed for those sectors.
Cognitive ability tests measure your soft skills and intellectual abilities. Skills such as critical thinking, analytical skills, spatial and verbal reasoning, and reading comprehension needed to be successful on the job are typically measured. These tests are part of the recruitment process for roles that require quick decision-making skills such as emergency responders (paramedics, firefighters, police officers, etc.).
A personality characteristics test measures a candidate’s personality traits. The article cites as an example, a sales position may require a more extroverted personality than an introverted one. “Based on your responses, the method then groups you into a specific personality type,” according to Indeed.
A work sample test determines the candidate’s ability to successfully perform one or more key tasks required for the job. For example, if the employer is hiring a graphic designer, the test may include designing a poster or a brochure with a deadline. This test “allows the company to see the quality and accuracy of your work in action.”
Lastly, job interviews themselves are considered recruiting tests. Whether they are live or asynchronous, structured or unstructured, the objective is to assess if a candidate’s skills and experience are the right fit for the job.
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Reference: Skills Assessment Tests: What You Need to Know. (June 21, 2021). Indeed. https://ca.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/skills-assessment