What You Should Know About Pre-Employment Testing

Career or Pre-employment testing, like the name suggests, is effectively used to screen and select the best possible candidates for the jobs. Of course these are conducted under the supervision of the firm for which candidates are applying. You will find out more about employment testing in the article below,

What are Career Tests?

Pre-employment or career tests are used by organizations who are hiring people for a particular job. Besides having a look at their credentials through the resume and getting to know them through the interview, the employers ask the applicants to sit in for the career tests as well.

These career tests can be of various kinds and many of them are quite popularly known around the country. While some are wholly intelligence tests, others are more of an aptitude test to test out the skills and special abilities in the individual which would help him to adjust in the job that he is being offered.

How Pre-Employment Testing Can Challenge Your Skills?

Career testing serves the interest of the companies more than they help out the candidates in getting selected for their dream job. The tests can be challenging for the applicants to test if they are capable of surviving under stress of time and competition. Some applicants, therefore, believe that aptitude tests like these lower their chances of getting selection and are perhaps not reliable in selecting those who can truly perform effectively in actual work environment.

If you fail to score as much as you should have or more than the others, then it will get almost impossible to land the job that you have applied for. Career tests are considered to be the final decision makers in hiring applicants. Since the stakes are high, this fact can intimidate the applicants.

Which Skills are Tested Through Career Testing?

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The skills and abilities that are tested through the career testing are,

  • Knowledge
  • Work skills
  • Cognitive abilities
  • Motor abilities
  • Physical abilities
  • Personality
  • Language proficiency
  • Communication proficiency
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Intrapersonal skills

Are Pre-Employment Tests Accurate in Assessing the Skills?

Research has revealed that these tests are quite accurate tests as far as measuring the skills and abilities of individual applicants is concerned. These tests have been developed after thorough research by experts of this field and know how to test individuals under work related tests to judge them on a level that cannot be assessed through interviews.

The pre-employment tests are considered to be not only reliable but valid as well for the skills that they are going to test. These tests are consistent in producing the same results for the same category of individuals and keeps on measuring effectively what it is meant to measure in an individual’s attempt. Therefore the test is definitely reliable for continual testing.

On the other hands, the employers can test the validity of the pre-employment tests because it accurately tests and measures the skills being tested. Since different parts of the tests or different tests measure different skills and abilities, the validity of that test stands only for that ability.

What Type of Pre-Employment Tests are Likely to Be Taken at the Time of Job Screening?

Following are the different kind of pre-employment tests that can be expected at the type of Job Screening.

1.    Tests That Measure Mental Ability

These tests measure,

  • Vocabulary
  • Arithmetic
  • Grammar and Spelling
  • Problem Solving
  • Handle Details with Both Accuracy and Speed

2.    Tests That Measure Behavioural Ability

These tests measure

  • Interpersonal skills like friendliness, teamwork and assertiveness
  • Personality traits like optimism, calmness, feeling vs. focus, composure under pressure and following rules and procedures
  • Motivations like creativity, money, power, assistance to others and knowledge gain.

3.    Tests That Measure Dependability

These tests measure

  • A concern for theft
  • A concern for abuse
  • Personal work ethics
  • Honesty and
  • Impulsiveness

What Issues Can Come During Career Tests?

A number of issues can arise during career testing.

1.    The first issue is regarding its validity, which relates to whether or not the employer has chosen the right test that will measure the required ability to carry out that job.

2.    The second issue relates to whether or not the employer has chosen the correct test which is reliable enough to yield the same scores with the same candidate every time he takes that same test.

3.    The third issue is related to the Equal Employment Opportunity or EEO aspect of the test. The authenticity and significance of the pre-employment tests are periodically put under question; for this reason, the test chosen by the employer should not violate any of the EEO laws. 

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