When you are in the running for a job there is a good chance you will be asked to take
some tests. There are things you can do to help make this a win-win situation for both you and the employer. I'm going to give
you a general overview of employment tests, discuss the types of tests you might be asked to take, provide pointers for doing
well in pre-employment testing, and describe how you can come out ahead even if you don't get the job. If you don't feel like
reading that much, here are the top three things to know about pre-employment testing:
- Keep a good attitude during the testing.
- Preparation can help for some types of tests.
- Find out if you are entitled to feedback and get as much as you can.
The Basics of Employment Testing
Know your test and know your rights.
The cost of testing a single job candidate can range from $10 to more than $5,000. Employers are making a significant
investment in testing you. There is virtually no regulation regarding who can design and administer
employment tests, so the quality of tests and practices around
testing may vary considerably from employer to employer.
At any time in the selection process, you could refuse to take or
to continue a test...
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e-book was very helpful when I needed to decide
whether or not to take an assessment test. It has
suggestions for pre-tests you can take before doing
the real deal. The test examples, plus finding out
that the employer does not share test results (or what
happens to them or how they are used in future) helped
mr decide not to test for the position."
is a Ph.D. Industrial Psychologist who has worked in the field of strategic, competency-based selection and assessment
since 1998. Her roles have included internal and external consultant and trainer
in industries ranging from public sector to healthcare to professional services. She is a popular conference speaker and author. Her passion is to take the insights that benefit employers and share them in a way that benefits jobseekers
-- a win-win for all parties. Find her on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ericarklein/. Erica tweets job search tips at
@EricaKleinPhD #jobsearch. Dr. Klein can be reached by e-mail at
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