Skills Test

Hiring Success Glossary

In order for companies, firms and organizations to effectively and efficiently gauge where their staff is in terms of performance they use a variety of assessment tools. One such tool is known as the skills test.

Every organization and or company will have its own set of skill assessments. These are used to evaluate the potential employee on whether or not they possess the necessary skills required to perform the job in question. A common (but often overlooked) part of a job interview may be the testing of these skills.

During the interview, the candidate may be asked to do something that will demonstrate whether or not they possess the necessary skills. Assessing the candidate’s character, for example how the person behaves when put under pressure may be included in the testing.

These evaluation tests come in a variety of ways depending on the industry you are in. If your industry deals with a lot of machinery and there is need to operate software, and then demonstrating competency in using this software can be a form of assessment. Your ability to write is also a skill that you may be asked to demonstrate.

If the company deals with delivering goods, the employee may be required to demonstrate his driving ability. The same may be said of a person applying for a teaching post. They may have to sit through a skills test in order to see if they posses the necessary aptitude that is required for teachers.

If you make a claim on your resume and CV about being competent and proficient in something, make sure you really are, because if you lie you will be found out very easily. Knowing that you may be asked to demonstrate your proficiency in an interview should make you prepare adequately before you go for the interview in order to ensure that if you are asked to demonstrate your proficiency you can do so confidently.

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