Monday, September 8, 2014

Are you up to the test?


Many employers use testing a part of the pre-employment evaluation process. 

These tests come in many different forms but are usually focused on: 

  • Personality
  • Motivation
  • Aptitude
  • IQ

Tests range from ones that are as widely used as Wonderlic, to a Gallup 90 minute phone interview, to tests that are written by a psychologist specifically for a company and their culture. 

There can be significant cost to employers who utilize testing.  If an employer has invested in using a test as a means of evaluating a candidate you can be sure that the test results will impact their decision to hire.

If you are faced with an aptitude or IQ test you can do some preparation and studying.  If it is a personality based test, most advise that there is no preparation.  They are just looking for candid answers to determine culture fit.

Some companies share the results of these tests and some do not.  We advise candidates to inquire ahead of time whether they will get feedback on the results so they know what to expect. 

Have you ever taken a pre-employment test?  As an employer do you utilize testing? Do you feel these tests improve the outcome of hiring decision?  Which tests do you feel are best suited for our industry?

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