WHY DO EMPLOYERS USE HIRING TESTS?
ARE THEY MEANT TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT OR DO THEY REALLY HAVE A USEFUL PURPOSE?
A hiring test is a good way for a prospective employer to assess basic skills, knowledge of a particular job, reliability or even the personality of an applicant.
An employer wants to hire the person who is the "Best Fit" for the job. By hiring the best person, they will raise their chances of having an employee who is satisfied with the job and one who is willing to stay for the long term. They hope, by hiring the right person, that the chances of an employee leaving the job are greatly reduced.
Generally, a hiring test consists of multiple skill tests. You may be assessed in reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, spelling, mathematics and/or computer use. Some jobs may require you to participate in personality assessments which will help the employer see how you would react in certain on-the-job situations or how you would fit into their organization.
Many hiring tests are job specific. For example, if you are applying for a clerical position, you may be tested in your typing accuracy, or, if you are hoping to be a welder, you will probably have to show your knowledge of reading blueprints.
Because there are so many different job opportunities and therefore, many different hiring tests, in this course, we will be concentrating on more generic (or common) testing that you may encounter as you look for employment.
Remember, all the tests and quizzes that are provided are just guidelines. The results that you achieve are for your benefit. They will help you decide what skill areas you may need to improve before you write a hiring test.
Click on the link "An Employers' Point of View" to watch a short video. This is a training video for employers who are thinking about using hiring tests as a tool for testing potential employees. At the end of the video, click on your Backspace button to get back to the home page for Hiring Tests.