The rise of spell-checking software has revolutionized how people write, from elementary school students all the way up through the workforce. Yet such programs are far from perfect, and their availability may be limited in work situations. Ultimately, there’s no substitute for competent spelling. Aside from reinforcing a professional, capable image (and avoiding costly miscommunication and embarrassment), good spelling reflects on an individual’s attention to detail and education. That’s why hiring managers may want to consider using a pre-employment spelling test as part of their screening process for job candidates.
A pre-employment spelling test is an exam given to job candidates to determine their ability to spell English words. When used as part of the hiring process, this test can save you time by helping you quickly and objectively narrow down your pool of candidates.
By requiring a pre-employment spelling test, you can ensure that everyone you bring in for an interview has the basic spelling skills needed for a designated role at your company. You can also create custom aptitude and skills tests that include questions tailored to the job you’re hiring for.
Occupational roles that might benefit from this assessment:
The Hire Success® Spelling Test consists of 30 multiple-choice spelling questions. For each question, the applicant can click on a button to hear a recording of the word and then choose which of four spellings is correct. An overall score is provided as well as scores by academic grade range (fourth grade to college level). The majority of questions are at the middle school or high school level.
The Hire Success® Summary Report is broken down into sections.
The Detail Report for the Hire Success® Spelling Test shows a breakdown of how the candidate answered questions on the test:
Grouping the candidate's test answers in this way not only provides you with an easy way to gauge where the candidate made mistakes but also helps you get an idea of the candidate’s areas of strength or weakness. You may want to follow up on some concepts in an interview if the candidate is selected for the next step in the hiring process.
If the cheating mitigation feature is turned on for your spelling test, you’ll receive a Hire Success® Audit Report showing you a timeline that reveals:
The report also shows whether the test was automatically submitted because the candidate left the testing window for too long (possibly to look up an answer) or ran out of time.
This feature doesn’t just help you find out whether applicants know the test answers — it uncovers how well they know them. With the Audit Report, you’ll have added confidence in your hiring decisions.
For every test that’s submitted, you’ll receive two reports (or three, if you activate cheating mitigation). An email notification will be sent out immediately upon submission, and results will appear in your Hire Success® account within minutes. You can view the results and reports securely in your online account from any internet-connected device, and print or share results if needed.
Yes! With our Custom Test Builder, you can use questions from our spelling test in combination with any questions you want to add, creating an exam that’s specific to the job you’re hiring for. You can also include questions in other areas, such as vocabulary proficiency or clerical aptitude.
Hire Success® offers much more than just a single test — we offer a complete system that helps you improve your entire recruiting, interviewing, and hiring process. Our pricing model depends on factors specific to your company, industry, and team size, so the best way to get accurate pricing information is to contact us for a tailored quote.
Take a free test run of our whole system — from the pre-employment spelling test to the personality profile to the integrity test and more — and find out why thousands of companies have turned to Hire Success to build stronger, more organized, and more consistent hiring systems.