A pre-employment test is an examination given to job candidates by a potential employer prior to hiring. The purpose of these types of tests is to determine personality traits and characteristics, cognitive abilities, job knowledge and skills, as well as behaviors.
In short, they help employers gain a better understanding of job applicants prior to making a hiring decision.
Pre-employment tests are used by hiring managers, HR departments and businesses to screen candidates and test for many things, including:
There are many types of pre-employment tests that can help you understand – prior to an interview – whether or not a candidate could be a good fit for a particular job. For instance:
Using employment testing can provide much more information than you could get just looking at a resume and holding a 30-minute interview. Pre-employment tests like these can also save you time and money during the hiring process because:
Pre-employment tests can be used at any time prior to hiring to determine whether people have the character traits and/or job skills you’re looking for.
However, at Hire Success®, we’ve found that pre-employment testing is best used early in the hiring process, because by testing all applicants who make your initial “cut,” you’ll be able to weed out any candidates who don’t really have what you’re looking for (and may have just sent out a bunch of resumes without giving the process much thought).
Plus, you may find that some of your best candidates are those who don’t look as strong on paper, but who have just the skills and traits you’ve identified as being critical to the job.
For all the reasons stated above, it’s far better to use an established hiring and pre-employment testing system that offers validated, reliable tests developed by professionals if you decide to use pre-employment tests.
An online system provides much more value – and saves you much more time – than trying to create, administer and score tests individually. Sending and receiving tests one at a time (not to mention scoring and recording) via email quickly becomes an organizational nightmare.
And systems like Hire Success® give you the chance to modify tests – for instance, on topics such as math, grammar or software programs such as Excel or Word – as well as create your own custom aptitude tests on any subject.
Plus, online pre-employment testing systems help you: